Artists of the Renaissance Giorgio Vasari

ISBN: 9780670434459

Published: February 15th 1979

Hardcover

320 pages


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Artists of the Renaissance  by  Giorgio Vasari

Artists of the Renaissance by Giorgio Vasari
February 15th 1979 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780670434459 | 10.37 Mb

Giorgio Vasari (1511 - 1574), an Italian painter, writer, historian and architect, is probably the originator of the history of art. As a contemporary, he was in many ways ideally suited to comment on their lives- equally, as a contemporary and to aMoreGiorgio Vasari (1511 - 1574), an Italian painter, writer, historian and architect, is probably the originator of the history of art. As a contemporary, he was in many ways ideally suited to comment on their lives- equally, as a contemporary and to a certain extent, a competitor, he was perhaps least suited to write their biographies.

Opinion is divided- however, in favour of Vasari for because, with his great work, we know so much more about the Renaissance and its artists. He came from humble origins, vasaros, vase painters, as his name suggests and may have been related to Giovanni Maria Vasaro (1475-1550), the creator of some masterpieces of Italian Renaissance ceramics.

Recommended at an early age by his cousin, Luca Signorelli, he was apprenticed to Guglielmo da Marsiglia, a skilful painter of stained glass- at sixteen, he went to Florence where he joined the circle of Andrea del Sarto and his pupils Rosso Fiorentino and Jacopo Pontormo where his humanist education was encouraged. He was befriended by Michelangelo whose painting style would influence his own. So his life as an artist and architect in Renaissance Florence began. His architecture is better known and more skilful than his painting but he was still highly skilled as a painter.

He grew in knowledge of the artists and politics of the time and his reputation was such that he dedicated his book to Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici, when it was first published in 1550. Wherever one stands, it is sensible to judge his history accordingly with the knowledge that immediacy does not always guarantee objectivity or accuracy when dealing with peoples lives, especially such geniuses like these.

However, he does provide a wealth of fascinating insights into how these artists worked, their techniques, methods and the times in which they lived.



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