The Lives of the Artists Audiobook, by Giorgio Vasari Play Audiobook Sample

The Lives of the Artists Audiobook

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Read By: James Cameron Stewart Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 15.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 11.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Oxford World's Classics Series Release Date: May 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781977344472

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Longest Chapter Length:

59:11 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:44 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

29:15 minutes

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Publisher Description

These biographies of the great quattrocento artists have long been considered among the most important of contemporary sources on Italian Renaissance art. Vasari, who invented the term "Renaissance," was the first to outline the influential theory of Renaissance art that traces a progression through Giotto, Brunelleschi, and finally the titanic figures of Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, and Raphael.

This new translation, specially commissioned for the Oxford World's Classics series, contains thirty-six of the most important lives. Lives of the Artists is an invaluable classic to add to your collection.

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"In reading/listening to this very long history of the lives of artist in the renaissance, and a bit later, one realizes that it is going to be a very long read. It is like undertaking a lengthily maybe one or two years of art history. One must realize that the book was written in the 1500s and that is absolutely amazing that we have that information from then until today. The author is a definite master of his time and uses the word beautiful for far too many times, as if there were no other word to describe what he is writing about. He has also got his favourite and not so favourite artist as he writes with prejudice Concerning certain ones. One must be very patient to listen to the menu details/descriptions of time, architecture, daily, living, and the actual paintings that were done in these times. It is quite amazing as one listens to imagine the author writing these descriptions that one can read today . It is a slow and very thorough history. "

— Ani (4 out of 5 stars)

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About 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.

About James Cameron Stewart

James Cameron Stewart is a veteran actor whose performances include roles in theater, film, and television. He was trained at Hull University and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His credits include Outlander, Jericho, Flying Blind, Golden Years, Emmerdale, London’s Burning, Eastenders, Coronation Street, and Holby City.