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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,544 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Giorgio Vasari Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Georgio Vasari’s original vision of the arts was to see the artist as divinely inspired. This historical work describes the lives of forty-five artists, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian, with striking immediacy conveyed through character sketches, anecdotes, and detailed recording of conversations. Despite some factual inaccuracies, Michelangelo praised Vasari for endowing artists with immortality. Vasari’s shrewd judgments and his precise pinpointing of the emotions aroused by individual works of art bear out his prediction that he would have a worldwide influence on the history of art.

Volume One covers the following artists: Cimabue, Giotto, Uccello, Ghiberti, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Piero della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Alberti, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Verrocchio, Mantegna, Leonardo da Vinci, Giorgione, Correggio, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian, as well as additional notes on the artists.

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  • “The single most important contemporary source of information on hundreds of artists of the Italian Renaissance period.”

    Irish Independent

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Flora | 2/19/2014

    " Must read if you love Italian art. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Virginia | 2/15/2014

    " Well needless to say this book is a little dense- Only read if you are intersted in the Renissance art and its represtitives. It took a while to get through and a bit of skimming was involved. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adrian Colesberry | 2/10/2014

    " I finished my copy before realizing it was abridged. I was upset until I read in another art history book that he made a lot of this stuff up. It was fairly inaccurate. Still fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maricar Tangonan | 2/10/2014

    " initially, i read this just to help a friend with his project. a week after, i didnt realize i almost read all featured artists in the anthology. great anecdotes from a writer who lived amongst the artists featured in the book. i recommend this as an in-between read or subway pasttime. reading it fast can be overwhelming and dragging. "

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About the Author
Author Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574), born in Tuscany, studied in Florence with Michelangelo while he was still a boy. When his patron, Duke Alessandro, was assassinated, Vasari wandered round Italy filling his notebooks with sketches; by his thirties, Vasari was a highly successful painter. He returned to Florence in 1555, where he was appointed architect of the Palazzo Vecchio. Vasari was knighted by Pope Pius V in 1571.