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Readings in Italian Mannerism II



Edited By Liana De Girolami Cheney

This collection celebrates the 450th year anniversary of the publication of Giorgio Vasari’s Vite (The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects [Florence: Giunti, 1568]), in which, in the prolegomenon, architects were highly praised along with the principles and technology of architecture. To honor this significant event, the selected articles in this book contain some published excerpts, some revised and expanded, some never published. These articles demonstrate the extraordinary influence of the classical tradition in Renaissance and Mannerist architecture and its role in the education of architectural students. In particular, these essays discuss the materials employed and their functions as well as the architect’s role in society. These articles also address the impact of Mannerist architecture and art theory in sixteenth-century European architecture and culture.

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Liana De Girolami Cheney, PhD is presently a Visiting Scholar in Art History at the Università di Aldo Moro in Bari, Italy, and Investigadora de Historia de Arte, SIELAE, Universidad de Coruña, Spain. She received her BS/BA in psychology and philosophy from the University of Miami, Florida, her MA in history of art and aesthetics from the University of Miami, Florida and her PhD in Italian Renaissance and Baroque from Boston University, Massachusetts. Dr. Cheney is Renaissance and Mannerist scholar, author, and coauthor of numerous articles and books, including: The Symbolism of ‘Vanitas’ in the Arts, Literature, and Music; Neoplatonic Aesthetics: Music, Literature and the Visual Arts; Giorgio Vasari’s Teachers: Sacred and Profane Love; Giuseppe Arcimboldo: The Magic Paintings; Self-Portraits by Women Painters; Giorgio Vasari’s Artistic and Emblematic Manifestations; Edward Burne-Jones’s Mythical Paintings; and Agnolo Bronzino: The Florentine Muse.

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