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.
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Giorgio Vasari, geb. 1511 in Arezzo in der Toskana, war ein Universalgenie: Maler, Architekt (u.a. als Baumeister der Uffizien), Berater der Medici, Kunstsammler und Historiker. Sein Hauptwerk sind die 'Leben der hervorragendsten Künstler', kurz: 'Le vite', erstmals erschienen 1550 und im Laufe der Jahre erweitert. Vasari starb 1574 in Florenz.