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Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects

Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects by Giorgio Vasari
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The Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, from Cimabue to Our Times, or Le Vite delle più eccellenti pittori, scultori, ed architettori, as it was originally known in Italian, is a series of artist biographies written by 16th century Italian painter and architect Giorgio Vasari, which is considered "perhaps the most famous, and even today the most- read work of the older literature of art", "some of the Italian Renaissance's most influential writing on art", and "one of the founding texts in art history".

Vasari's work has been described as "by far the most influential single text for the history of Renaissance art" and "the most important work of Renaissance biography of artists". Its influence is situated mainly in three domains: as an example for contemporary and later biographers and art historians, as a defining factor in the view on the Renaissance and the role of Florence and Rome in it, and as a major source of information on the lives and works of early Italian artists.

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LIVES OF THE MOST EMINENT PAINTERS SCULPTORS AND ARCHITECTS BY GIORGIO VASARI VOLUME I. CIMABUE TO AGNOLO GADDI 1912

LIVES OF THE MOST EMINENT PAINTERS SCULPTORS & ARCHITECTS

BY GIORGIO VASARI:

NEWLY TRANSLATED BY GASTON Du C. DE VERE. WITH FIVE HUNDRED ILLUSTRATIONS: IN TEN VOLUMES

[Illustration: 1511 1574]

LONDON: MACMILLAN AND CO. LD. & THE MEDICI SOCIETY, LD. 1912 14

CONTENTS OF VOLUME I

PAGE

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE TO THIS EDITION xi

DEDICATIONS TO COSIMO DE' MEDICI EDITION OF 1550 xiii EDITION OF 1568 xvii

IMPRIMATUR OF POPE PIUS V xxi

THE AUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE WHOLE WORK xxiii

THE AUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE LIVES xxxvii

GIOVANNI CIMABUE 1

ARNOLFO DI LAPO ... Continue reading book >>


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