Show Less

Giorgio Vasari’s «Prefaces»

Art and Theory- With a foreword by Wolfram Prinz

Liana De Girolami Cheney

Giorgio Vasari’s Prefaces: Art and Theory provides students and scholars alike with the opportunity to study and understand the art, theory, and visual culture of Giorgio Vasari and sixteenth century Italy. For the first time all of Vasari’s Prefaces from the Lives of the Artists (1568) are included translated into English as well as in the original Italian. Also included is an English translation of Giovanni Battista Adriani’s letter to Giorgio Vasari enlightening Vasari on the art of the ancient masters.
Through the eyes of Vasari, this book captures the creative achievements of his fellow artists – how they adopt nature and the classical tradition as their muses and how they ingeniously interpret the secular and religious themes of the past and present. Vasari himself is lauded for the transformation of the artist from one of being a mere laborer to one who imbues his work with intellectual depth and is recognized as a creator of beautiful visual myths.

Prices

Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Contents

Extract

List of Illustrations ........................................................................................vii Acknowledgments ..........................................................................................ix Foreword by Wolfram Prinz ...........................................................................xi Introduction ..................................................................................................xiii Summary of the Letters and the Prefaces ....................................................xxv Prolegomena to Giorgio Vasari’s Prefaces .................................................xxxi Chapter One Dedication Letter to Cosimo de’ Medici, 1550 English Translation.............................................................................1 Reproduction of Original Italian ........................................................4 Dedication Letter to Cosimo de’ Medici, 1568 English Translation.............................................................................8 Reproduction of Original Italian ......................................................10 Letter to Fellow Artists English Translation...........................................................................14 Reproduction of Original Italian ......................................................17 Letter of Pope Pius V English Translation...........................................................................19 Reproduction of Original Italian ......................................................20 Chapter Two Giovanni Battista Adriani, Letter English Translation...........................................................................21 Reproduction of Original Italian ......................................................67 Chapter Three Preface to the Whole Vite English Translation.........................................................................107 Reproduction of Original Italian ....................................................118 001_PreliminarySection:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 1/26/2012 10:55 AM Page v Contentsvi Chapter Four Preface One English Translation.........................................................................127 Reproduction of Original Italian ....................................................146 Chapter Five Preface Two English Translation.........................................................................161 Reproduction of Original Italian ....................................................172 Chapter Six Preface Three English Translation.........................................................................181 Reproduction of Original Italian ....................................................188 Chapter Seven Description of the Works of Giorgio Vasari English Translation.........................................................................193 Reproduction of Original Italian ....................................................233 Chapter Eight Conclusion: The Author to the Craftsmen of Design English Translation.........................................................................265 Reproduction of Original Italian ....................................................268 Illustrations ..................................................................................................271 Selected Bibliography .................................................................................295 Index ............................................................................................................331 001_PreliminarySection:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 11:57 AM Page vi

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.