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The Lives of the Artists

Giorgio Vasari
Translated by Julia Conaway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella

14 August 2008

ISBN: 9780199537198

624 pages

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99



Packed with facts, attributions, and entertaining anecdotes about his contemporaries, Vasari's collection of biographical accounts also presents a highly influential theory of the development of Renaissance art.

Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto, who represent the infancy of art, Vasari considers the period of youthful vigour, shaped by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, and Masaccio, before discussing the mature period of perfection, dominated by the titanic figures of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

This specially commissioned translation contains thirty-six of the most important lives as well as an introduction and explanatory notes.

About the Author(s)

Giorgio Vasari

Translated by Julia Conaway Bondanella, Associate Director, Indiana University Honors Division, and Peter Bondanella, Professor of Italian and Film Studies, Indiana University


`...a book which has come to be recognised as the single most important contemporary source of information on hundreds of artists of the Italian Renaissance period.' Irish Independent -