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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.


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Acknowledgments This writer is thankful for the permission, access and assistance to consult in Europe and United States archives, libraries and art historical centers for the visual and textual research of this book, such as in Europe, the Archivio di Stato of Arezzo, Bologna, Florence, Naples, Rome and Venice and Archivio Vaticano, Rome; the British Library in London, Kunsthistorisches in Florence; and Bibliotheka Hertziana in Rome; the Cabinet des Dessins at the Musée du in Paris, the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi in Florence; the Gabi- netto di Stampe e Disegni at the Villa Farnesina, in Rome; and the Albertina Drawing Collection in Vienna. And in United States, the Harvard University Libraries in Cambridge, the Boston University Library, the New York City Public Library, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The author is appreciative to these various private and public collections, museums, libraries, galleries and publishing companies that have given me permission to consult and publish reproduction of certain works in their col- lections on Giorgio Vasari and other artists included in this book, such as to the Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientale of Arezzo, Florence, Rome and Naples in Italy; the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi in Florence; Cabinet des Dessins at the Musée du Louvre, The Collection F. Lugt, Istitute Neerlandais and the Bibliothèque Natonale in France; Museo del Prado in Spain; the British Museum Library in England, The Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart; and, in particular, Art Resource...

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