Like an encyclopedic Garden of Delights 3 read abridged in a version that focuses on the Renaissance s best Vasari was interested in distinguishing the better from the good and the best from the better My time here is limited I only have so much time for the good In my brief life here I want to hang with the Gods not with the minor rophets I want Michelangelo not Niccol Soggi Sorry Niccol The Modern LibraryGaston du C de Vere translation was a great version It had all the Teenage Ninja Mutant Renaissance artists but still rovided lenty of architects sculptures and ainters that I was either completely uninformed about or lacked much knowledge Vasari has a natural narrative momentum even if he does sometimes lose his narrative genius when he s consumed with listing and describing all of an artists works It is a fine balancing act to try and describe the artists life work and importance and make the essay complete without making the The Doomsday Box piece a laundry list of oil and marbleOne final note This is one of those books that seems destined to become an amazing hypertext book or app There were times while reading it I wished I was reading a digital copy that wouldrovide links to Tasting Paris: An Intimate Guide: The Streets, the Bistros, and the Louvre pictures bluerints smoothly rotating statues etc What I wanted was a through the looking glass artist s version of The Elements app by Theodore Gray I want a multiverse of art history maps and blueprints I want to fall into a hypertext of Renaissance Florence and Rome Audiobooks or Förster Grünrock erzählt paper just fail to do justice to this beautiful subject Interesting to read about all the works that no longer exist Also really useful in that it makes these larger than life artists at least semi human Lots of moments like this Then Michaelangelo made a model in wax of a young David with a sling in his hand and began to work in S Maria del Fiore setting up a hoarding round the marble and working at it continually without any seeing it until he had brought it toerfection Master Simone had so spoilt the marble that in some Attack of the Invisible Cats places there was not enough left for Michaelangelo surpose and certainly it was a miracle restoring thus one that was dead When Piero Soderini saw it it Die Geschichte Des Leistungs Und Beitragsrechts Der Gesetzlichen Rentenversicherung Von 1889 Bis Zum Beginn Der Rentenreform pleased him much b I absolutely love the Renaissance The history the art the literature everything I find it fascinating and amazing And windows into the history like this book are amazing And indeed this book was wonderfulVasari was architect to Duke Cosimo I de Medici he built the Uffizi gallery the Vasari Corridor and did variousaintings and such including the interior of the Duomo and also some ソウルケイジ[Sōru Keiji] portrait Iersonally do not love all of his art In any case he was also the first art historian and I highly respect thatHe spent a lot of time going around looking for information for this book of his And I m very grateful because some of the little anecdotes he wrote in here are hilarious It was uite amusingBut th ecomplete thing is so intensely long some 2000 ages I believe in full that eople never Scottish Rite print it in its entirety Thus I ve spent months looking for a good edition I have one that s falling apart that I bought in Rome and every time I open it I have an allergy attack And then I found this edition at Strand in Manhattan It sretty old and out of rint but it has a good selection of the artists that I like The introduction was good and the translation was easily legibleIn any case you have to take the rest of the book with a grain of salt He gets a lot of his dates and details wrong either that or he was just really bad at math which I slightly doubt His ideas on the origins of art are fascinatingHis writing style was just fine but I forgive him because it s a translation and he was an artist not a hilosopher But each Life follows a formula general statement list of everything the artist has ever done cute anecdotes about their life I expected it to be of a biography than a catalog But sometimes he contradicts himself and it annoys me For example Giotto was the best artist ever and then 50 Life Among the Surrealists pages later Giotto was horrible he got everything wrong Also he sometimes spoke in the 3rderson about himself which I found weird He also doted so much on Michelangelo that I had to skip half of that section because I couldn t stand it anyMy favorite life by far was that of Brunelleschi It was very amusingIn any case I highly suggest this book to anyone who even remotely likes Renaissance art It is fun and amusing and you can choose to read only a few of the selections rather than the whole thing This 2005 Dover edition is an abridged version of a 1967 two volume edition of Giorgio Vasari s Lives of the Most Excellent Painters Sculptors and Architects often called today Lives of the Artists or just Vasari s Lives The translation used is that of Mrs Jonathan Foster 1851 The artists included are Giotto Masaccio Fra Filippo Lippi Botticelli Leonardo Raphael Michelangelo and
Titian These eight artists are covered in less than 250 ages Of the eight lives that ofThese eight artists are covered in less than 250 ages Of the eight lives that of takes up over 100 The ABC of Communism pagesIn the review I ll use the book s shortest chapter on Sandro Botticelli for examples StrengthsThe book is extremely interesting inarts When the work was first ublished in Florence in 1550 Michelangelo and Titian were still living and Botticelli Leonardo and Raphael had all died only 30 40 years reviously The earliest of these artists Giotto had died in 1337 over two centuries rior to Vasari s work To read the views of these artists lives and works written by someone this close in time to them someone who was himself immersed in the culture of the Italian Renaissance can be intoxicating There s no doubt of the historic importance of the book It was the first history of art ever written and though it only treated Italian art and even there tended to favor somewhat chauvinistically Florentine artists the Introduction to the book makes many favorable oints about it The minute descriptions of hundreds of works of art though elementary laid the groundwork for many of the elements of art history the development of compositional structure and the manipulation of color the analysis of the meaning of changes in style and subject matter which were to be taken up by later historians view spoilerThough my edition does not specifically credit the Introduction to anyone
I Assume It Wasassume it was by the editor of the 1967 edition and eminent art historian Marilyn Aronberg Lavin hide spoiler I think I m actually reading the unabridged version which is sooooo much longer than this version Didn t hate it didn t love it It felt repetitive after the 200th When The Light Went Out page and it became about finishing rather than learning about Renaissance artists I read most of this when I was in college studying art history For fun And maybe to impress myrofessor because I was taking a survey course of Italian Renaissance artI got the 4 volume set from the library and read the whole first volume Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates parts of the 2nd and 3rd and theretty much all of volume 4 which was almost entirely about Michelangelo because Vasari was one of his BFF s It s fun if you re into art history or if you re interested in totally non objective information on art and artists. Made available the widest range of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship roviding the most accurate text lus a wealth of other valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities helpful notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and mu.
FREE DOWNLOAD ã PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ Giorgio VasariBeen dispelled our grandsons will be able to walk back into the ure radiance of the astA century after Petrarch Leon Battista Alberti the ioneer of Renaissance art theory wrote in On Painting De Baby Girl (Erik Ead Trilogy, pictura along similar lines as Vasari would do another century later I used to marvel and at the same time to grieve that so many excellent and superior arts and sciences from our most vigorous antiueast could now seem lacking and almost wholly lost We know from remaining works and through references to them that they were once widespread Painters sculptors architects musicians geometricians rhetoricians seers and similar noble and amazing intellects are very rarely found today and there are few to 待つ [Matsu] praise them It must be admitted that it was less difficult for the Ancients because they had models to imitate and from which they could learn to come to a knowledge of those supreme arts which today are most difficult for us Our fame ought to be much greater then if we discover unheard of and never before seen arts and sciences without teachers or without any model whatsoever Who could ever be hard or envious enough to fail toraise Pippo the architect on seeing here such a large structure rising above the skies ample to cover with its shadow all the Tuscan eople and constructed without the aid of centering or great uantity of wood if I judge rightly it was robably unknown and unthought of among the Ancients But there will be other Brainwashing of the German Nation places Filippo to tell of your fame of the virtues of our Donato Donatello and of the others who are mostleasing to me by their deeds Alberti On Painting Prologue addressed to Filippo Brunelleschi 1435Vasari thought of the achievements in art and architecture of the ancient Greeks and Romans as a Golden Age and that of the Medieval Encounters with Rauschenberg: (A Lavishly Illustrated Lecture) period which followed as aeriod of decline He hated Gothic art and architecture that s also why he chose the term Gothic it was about the worst term he could think of and he used it as a synonym for barbaric With the gradual rediscovery of the ancient works of art those which were Vögeln ist schön: Die Sexrevolte von 1968 und was von ihr bleibt produced in Corinth Athens Rome and other famous cities before the time of Constantine he sees a new beginning helped by some subtle influence in the very air of Italy the new generations started tourge their minds of the grossness of the ast so successfully that in 1250 the heaven took ity on the talented men who were being born in Tuscany Cimabue et al and led them back to the Social Media and Social Movements: The Transformation of Communication Patterns pristine forms Before then during the years after Rome was sacked and devastadted and swept by fire men had been able to see the remains of arches and colossi statuesillars and carved columns but until the eriod we are discussing they had no idea how to use or rofit from this fine work Ouroboros p 45 The Lives consists of threearts Vasari writes in his Preface to Part Two I have divided the artists into three sections or shall we say Hollendartida i Norge: 1550–1750 periods each with its own recognizably distinct character running from the time of the rebirth of the arts up to our own times The firstart includes Cimabue and Giotto artists that mark a new beginning opening the way for the better work which followed Then in the second eriod there was clearly a considerable improvement in invention and execution with design better style and a careful finish Ghiberti Brunelleschi Donatello Fra Angelico Alberti Filippo Lippi Botticelli etc This is followed by the third eriod when art has achieved everything ossible in the imitation of nature and has rogressed so far that is thas reason to fear slipping back than to expect ever to make further advances p 84 5 The third art includes all the giants of Renaissance art Leonardo Giorgione Correggio Raphael Michelangelo and Titian have been selected for this edition The Life of Michelangelo is the longest by far and Vasari was Bauern In Mexiko: Zwischen Subsistenz Und Warenproduktion proud of being able to call himself his friend Michelangelo wasn t all that happy about everything Vasari wrote Possibly he considered Vasari most of all a useful contact between himself and Duke Cosimo de Medici in Florence while he was working in Rome and later he asked his friend Ascanio Condivi to write about his life and to correct some of the things Vasari had got wrong I haven t read Condivi s Vita yet but I enjoyed Vasari s account in spite of Michelangelo s objections to it In fact I found even his gushing over Michelangelo both amusing and understandable and by then I had gotten used to Vasari s style and knew his strengths and weaknesses so I had noroblem bearing with him Anyway Vasari later revised his account of Michelangelo based on that of Condivi and he rovides a wealth of information The revised and enlarged edition of the Lives was ublished in 1568 and it is selections from this later edition that has been translated here George Bull writes in his Introduction The letters of introduction to Cosimo for the 1550 and 1568 editions of the Lives echo in the obseuiousness other letters addressed by artists and writers to the Medici notably Machiavelli s letter to Cosimo s father Lorenzo at the head of The
Prince the humble Punainen metsä posture adopted in these dedications reflectederhaps standard modes of address as much as genuine servilitythe humble Forever Im Yours posture adopted in these dedications reflectederhaps standard modes of address as much as genuine servility interesting is the manner in which both Machiavelli and Vasari interpreted Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown political and art history respectively in terms of inevitablerogression and decline and yet Honey, I Wrecked the Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Timeouts, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don't Work paradoxically suggested that the decline could be arrested by genius by the virt of aolitical leader or artist endowed by nature with great ability and taught to emulate the erfection reached in the ast This affirmation of virt has been called the fundamental theme of the Lives A Spectre Is Haunting Texas p 15 In their entirety the Lives may fairly be called a work of art On one great canvas Vasariainted a harmonious and glowing composition which sustains with ease the task of conveying the revolutionary natu My undergraduate degree is in Art History so I ve read my fair share of Art History books It was interesting to me the way he resented artists which was very different than any Art History book I ve ever read Most Modern Art Historians tell you why the artist is important and what he or she did for art but I ve never heard it said that is important and what he or she did for art but I ve never heard it said that artist s work was so beautiful that you wonder if he is human or if his hand was touched by God That s how Vasari resents the artists He uts a lot of his own opinion in the biography of these artists and their works I really enjoyed reading his opinion because by the third artist I realized that sometimes Vasari s opinion of what was great art was completely different than my own opinions It made me think that maybe it s because so much Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work the least for they are thinking out inventions and forming in their minds the erfect idea that they subseuently express with their hands Giorgio Vasari The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters Sculptors and ArchitectsI normally don t gravitate towards abridged books but Vasari s The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters Sculptors and Architects is a book that needs to be 1 read by art history experts in its entirety 2000 ages 2 icked through The Why Cafe periodically. Leschi Ghiberti and Masaccio before discussing the matureeriod of erfection dominated by the titanic figures of Leonardo Raphael and MichelangeloThis specially commissioned translation contains thirty six of the most important lives as well as an introduction and explanatory notesAbout the SeriesFor over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has. An artist lives and acuires fame through his works but with the assing of time which consumes everything these works the first then the second and the third fade away After Plutarch s Lives Vasari s Lives of the Artists is likely the most iconic collection of biographies of famous men He ublished two editions of the book the first in 1550 the second in 1568 and both found success in Vasari s lifetime and have continued to sell well ever since In life Vasari was a typical Renaissance man achieving fame for his Soul of Dust paintings he decorated the Palazzo Vecchio and his architecture he was responsible for the loggia of the Uffizi in addition to his work as a biographer Granted hisaintings are not highly regarded nowadays though many are Shadow Game pleasing enough to my eyes but thisosthumous verdict did not ERIS: The Patsy (Warped Comedy Adventure Book 1) prevent him from making a fine living And when you write the first book of art history in the history of art the rest hardly matters The edition I own is highly abridged as are nearly allopular versions since the original contains dozens upon dozens of We Give a Squid a Wedgie painters sculptors and architects most of whom the casual reader does not know of or care for This explains why most of the Lives are so short Indeed fans of anyarticular Renaissance artist are liable to be disappointed by Vasari s treatment He runs through Sandro Botticelli in all of ten Verräter der Magie pages for example barelyausing to mention the Birth of Venus Indeed many of these biographies are hardly biographies at all just extended catalogues of works This is certainly useful for the art historian though Vasari made many mistakes but it does not make for electrifying readingThe modern sychoanalyzing mode of artistic biographies was of course entirely alien to Vasari and he seems to regard the artist s ersonality as a source of gossip but not of insight This does not revent him from including many good stories Like Plutarch himself Vasari is rich in anecdote and as in Plutarch half of them are robably false Fact or fiction however a good story is Night of the Wendigo preferable to a dry fact We hear of Cimabue agreeing to take on Giotto as aupil after seeing the young boy scratching on a stone or of Paolo Uccello staying up long nights to work on Mimi Malloy, At Last! problems oferspective Whether these stories help us to understand the Twin Spica, Volume: 10 paintings is doubtful but they do help to bring alive this amazing time in historyVasari begins the book with a sketch of the history of art as he understood it His opinion is not a masterpiece of subtlety In essence the Greeks and Romans understood that art begins by copying nature and soroduced excellent works then art fell into barbarism Vasari coined the term gothic to describe medieval art in which the ancient knowledge was lost and artists had no knowledge of roper techniue finally the ainter Giotto came and revived the arts inaugurating a Grammatik Des Biblisch-Aramaischen: Mit Den Nach Handschriften Berichtigten Texten Und Einem Worterbuch process that culminated in the works of Michelangelo I must say that this view though little than nakedrejudice is at least refreshing in Vasari s conviction that art was ascending and culminating in his own epoch Most of us are disposed to think it is declining It is striking that Michelangelo s historic importance was understood even during his own lifetime This was not an age of oor Van Goghs working in lonely shacks The great artists were recognized and rewarded when they lived and younger artists were seen to have surpassed their masters novel concepts in our romantic ageThe Life of Michelangelo whom Vasari knew and worshipped is by far the longest and forms the core of this collection Indeed all the other lives can be seen as mere leadup to the great Florentine who fulfils all
the romise of former ages Vasari here from chronicler to hagiographer raising Michelangelo withpromise of former ages Vasari here turns chronicler to hagiographer raising Michelangelo with breath You might even say that Vasari turns into uite the Boswell including various bits of Michelangelo s conversation and also several letters written to him by the great artist as if to Im Zeichen der Triskele: Ein Bretagne-Krimi prove that Michelangelo really was his friend All this makes for good reading even if the worshipful tone is grating The second longest Life in my collection is that of another Florentine Vasari was a fierceatriot of his home city Filippo Brunelleschi This life is erhaps even better than that of Michelangelo as Vasari charts the suabbles and drama behind the scenes of Brunelleschi s domeVasari s style is easygoing and almost conversational and the ages go by uickly He strikes me as a man full of shallow opinions but of a generous mind and a steady judgment This book full of errors lacking any historical context and greatly out of step with modern opinion could hardly be read as a standalone volume on Renaissance De obotliga optimisternas klubb painting But every book on the subject borrows knowingly or unknowingly from Vasari who has given bread to scholars and delight to readers for generations with this charming bookI have endeavored not only to record what the artists have done but to distinguish between the good the better and the best and to note with some care the methods manners styles behavior and ideas of theainters and sculptors I have tried as well as I know how to help eople who cannot find out for themselves to understand the sources and origins of various styles and the reasons for the improvement or decline of the arts at various times and among different eople But what inflicted incomparably greater damage and loss on the arts than the things we have mentioned Constantine s move to Byzantium invasions etc was the fervent enthusiasm of the new Christian religion After long and bloody combat Christianity aided by a host of miracles and the burning sincerity of its adherents defeated and wiped out the old faith of the Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion pagans Then with great fervour and diligence it strove to cast out and utterly destroy every lastossible occasion of sin and in doing so it ruined or demolished all the marvellous statues besides the other sculptures the Code Name: Silence pictures mosaics and ornaments representing the falseagan gods and as well as this it destroyed countless memorials and inscriptions left in honour of illustrious Und Schuf Mir Einen Götzen: Lehrjahre Eines Kommunisten persons who had been commemorated by the genius of the ancient world in statues and otherublic adornments Moreover in order to construct churches for their own services the Christians destroyed the sacred temples of the agan idols To embellish and and heighten the original magnificence of St Peter s they despoiled of its stone columns the mausoleum of Hadrian today called Castel Sant Angelo and they treated in the same way many buildings whose ruins still exist These things were done by the Christians not out of hatred for the arts but in order to humiliate and overthrow the agan gods Nevertheless their tremendous zeal was responsible for inflicting severe damage on the Margery Meets the Roses practice of the arts which then fell into total confusion From Vasari s Prefacep 36 7Vasari may have taken his cue from Petrarch who wrote in his oem Africa written in 1338 a year after he first visited Rome addressing the oem itself for you if you should long outlive me as my soul hopes and wishes there is The Wapshot Scandal perhaps a better age in store this slumber of forgetfulness will not last forever After the darkness has. Packed with facts attributions and entertaining anecdotes about his contemporaries Vasari's collection of biographical accounts alsoresents a highly influential theory of the development of Renaissance artBeginning with Cimabue and Giotto who represent the infancy of art Vasari considers the eriod of youthful vigour shaped by Donatello Brunel. .