Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art

Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art


Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) single-handedly invented the genre of the artistic biography with his extraordinary work, Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects.

Through his visionary writings, he reshaped the perception of artists such as Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo, portraying them as creative and intellectual geniuses rather than mere decorators or craftsmen.

In this fascinating biography, the reader is invited into the world of art as seen through Vasari's keen eyes. From his position as an advisor to royalty, to his friendships with Donatello and Titian, this exciting narrative of intrigue, scandal and artistic rivalry revels how one Renaissance scholar redefined the way we look at art today.

Product Code 1047283
Author Noah Charney
Publisher W W Norton & Co Ltd
Published November 2018
Format Paperback
Pages 432
Dimensions 21 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
ISBN 9780393356366
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