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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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Illustrations Fig. 1. Giorgio Vasari, Le Vite, Title Page, 1550 011_IllustrationsFinal:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 10:44 AM Page 271 Illustrations272 Fig. 2. Giorgio Vasari, Le Vite, Title Page, Part I and II, 1568 011_IllustrationsFinal:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 10:44 AM Page 272 Illustrations 273 Fig. 3. Giorgio Vasari, Le Vite, Title Page, Part III, Volume I, 1568 011_IllustrationsFinal:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 10:44 AM Page 273 Illustrations274 Fig. 4. Giorgio Vasari, Le Vite, Title Page, Part III, Volume II, 1568 011_IllustrationsFinal:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 10:44 AM Page 274 Illustrations 275 Fig. 5. Giunti Press Emblem, Le Vite, Endpiece, 1568 011_IllustrationsFinal:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 10:44 AM Page 275 Illustrations276 Fig. 6. Giorgio Vasari, Le Vite, Endpiece, 1550 011_IllustrationsFinal:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 10:44 AM Page 276 Illustrations 277 Fig. 7. Giorgio Vasari, Le Vite, Endpiece, 1568 011_IllustrationsFinal:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 10:44 AM Page 277 Illustrations278 Fig. 8. Giorgio Vasari, Le Vite, Self-Portrait, Frontispiece, 1568 011_IllustrationsFinal:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 10:44 AM Page 278 Illustrations 279 Fig. 9. Giorgio Vasari, Self-Portrait in his Vita, 1568 011_IllustrationsFinal:Cheney_Illustrations.qxd 12/12/2011 10:44 AM Page 279 Illustrations280 Fig. 10. Giorgio Vasari, Self-Portrait (Man in a Cloak Writing), 1555–65, drawing; Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence (Courtesy: Art Resource, NY) Fig. 11. Giorgio Vasari with drawings by Filippino Lippi, Botticelli and Raffaellino del Garbo, page from Libro de’ Disegni, 1524–1568; Woodner Collection, 1991.190.1, National Gallery of Art,...

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