Reading Vasari

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Anne B. Barriault
Philip Wilson Publishers, Dec 10, 2005 - Art - 296 pages
This book explores the rich literary character and rhetorical strategies of Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, which tells the story of Italian art as it unfolded from its beginnings in the Trecento to its pinnacle in Michelangelo and the art of the Academy in the mid-sixteenth century. The contributors propose ways to read Vasari's text in the light of recent disputes over what is fact, fiction, or biography, and who may have read Vasari's editions when they were first published. The essays isolate and analyze select threads from Vasari's luxurious textual tapestry: these range from architecture, cosmology and philosophy to biography, comedy, elegy and travelogue. In doing so, the authors have built upon ideas proposed in recent studies of the Lives, including important works by Paul Barolsky and Patricia Rubin.

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Anne B. Barriault is an art historian, writer and editor for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, Richmond.

Andrew T. Ladis is Franklin Professor of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Norman E. Land is Professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jeryldene M. Wood is Associate Professor of Art History in Italian Renaissance Art, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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