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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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Index Accademia del Disegno, lvii Adriani, Giovanni Battista, xiv, xviii, xxxiv, xlii Adriani’s letter (Vite), xxv–xxvi, xliii, 21–106 Aeneid (Virgil), xviii Alberti, Leon Battista, xv, xvii, xxxiii Alciato, Andrea, xxxiv, xlii Alexander and Campaspe (Apelles), xlvi Alexander the Great, xlv Apelles, xlv, xlvi, xlviii, lv Apelles’ Studio (Vasari), lv, lx Apollo, xlix, l Apollo Belvedere, xlii Ariadne, xlix Aristotle, xviii, xxxiii Artist’s style, xxxiii Assimilation of classical art, xlii–li Avarice and the Seven Deadly Sins (Vasari), li Bacchus and Ariadne (Titian), liv Bartoli, Cosimo, xxxiv Battle of San Miniato (Vasari), l Beauty, lix–lxi Bibliography, 295–330 Bird Contest Between Zeuxis and Parrhasius, The (Parrhasius), xlvi Borghini, Vincenzo, xiv, xxxiv Bruni, Leonardo, xv Calumny (Apelles), xlv Caravaggio, Polidoro da, l Caro, Annibale, xiv, xviii, xxxiv Cennini, Cennino, xv Cheney, Liana De Girolami, xviii Cinquecento. See Third Period Cinquecento art theory, xvii Cochrane, Eric, xv, xxxvii, xlii Codex Escurialensis (Hollanda), xlix Color handling, lii Commentaries (Ghiberti), xv, xvii Commentary on Plato’s “Symposium” (Ficino), lix, lx Cosimo I de’ Medici, Duke of Florence and Siena, xviii da Vinci, Leonardo, xv, xli–xlii, lix De architectura. See On Architecture (Vitruvius) de Vere, Gaston Du, xviii Dead Christ (Fiorentino), l Dedication letter to Cosimo de’ Medici (Vite), 1–13 Dedicatory letters (Vite), xxv Della Pittura (Alberti), xxxiii Design/drawing, xxxiii judging fine arts, criteria, lii supremacy of, liii–lix Elogia doctorum virorum (Giovio), xxxvii Farnese, Alexander, xiv Ficino, Marsilio, lix, lx Fiorentino, Rosso, l First Period. See Renaissance Forge of Vulcan, The...

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