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Vasari's Lives of the Artists: Giotto, Masaccio, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian [Paperback]

Giorgio Vasari , Marilyn Aronberg Lavin , Mrs. Jonathan Foster

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July 26 2005 Dover Fine Art, History of Art
An instant success upon its publication in the mid-16th century, Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists remains one of the principal resources for study of the art and artists of the Italian Renaissance. Nothing of the scope and magnitude of this work had ever been conceived; the first complete history of modern art, it is widely regarded as the most influential art history book ever written.
The Lives' colorful and detailed portraits of the most representative figures of Italian painting and sculpture trace the flowering of the Renaissance across three centuries. This single-volume edition of selections from Vasari's immense work features eight of the book's most noteworthy artists: Giotto, Masaccio, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian. It also includes an introduction, notes, and glossary; as well as woodcut portraits of each artist by Vasari himself. Students, teachers, and art enthusiasts will find this convenient edition an indispensable resource.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Student of Art and it's History Needs this Book March 28 2011
By P. Salmon - Published on Amazon.com
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It's the most common required book on university Art History lists, and every passing student will have read it. It is an important source for what the artist was thinking and what his reputation was in his own time. Most of Art History is modern interpretation simply because there aren't many written records. They don't all write endlessly about themselves like many people do these days. In the case of Renaissance Italy they had Vasari to do it for them. He isn't always truthful or right about what he says (since many of the early artists were already dead and many others were in places he couldn't get to for interviews, a good deal of his biographies were based on rumors, stories and what would nowadays be called hearsay accounts) but he's the best we've got, and he's worth reading. Even the non-art historian, a person who likes art and wonders what it was like in the renaissance for artists, will find this interesting and informative. It's actually more interesting (as is everything I find) when you're not being forced to read it, so if you're in between classes, haven't started art history classes yet or are just an independant student of art in general, pick this up, it's reasonably priced, and it's worth having on your shelf.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Feb. 16 2014
By Ben Marks - Published on Amazon.com
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This is certainly a piece of history. great insight into how people in the past wrote and cried art as well as history. only problem is that there should be a version that shows all the art they are talking.g about. learned a lot regardless.
3.0 out of 5 stars Book arrived quickly but in a flimsy envelope July 10 2013
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I don't mind a well-worn book, but only if I am the one to wear it in. While I commend this vendor's price and quick delivery, I would have preferred to spend a little more and get a book mailed in a padded envelope so it doesn't arrive beat up. Oh well, live and learn.
4.0 out of 5 stars Vasari's Lives of the Artists Sept. 2 2012
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Very satisfied with my purchase. The book arrived even faster than expected. I was able to begin my studies in an unhurried manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXcellenbt HIstory of Rennaisance Artists Sept. 15 2011
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EXcellent review and insight into the lives of the Italian artists who were the significant contributors to the Italian rennaisence of the 14-17the century. A must read for those interested in this history

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