The Delight of Art: Giorgio Vasari and the Traditions of Humanist Discourse

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Penn State Press, 2009 - Art - 230 pages

The Delight of Art offers a highly original, erudite interpretation of Vasari&’s Lives, one of the most influential texts on the arts. David Cast approaches Vasari&’s long, tripartite work as a complex rhetorical history rather than as an archival document mined for facts about the artists. He focuses on the delight Vasari mentions in his accounts of viewers&’ responses to works by artists from Giotto to Michelangelo. Cast finds in delight what might be called a threshold into the arena where the cultural and social orders met to produce a sphere of subjectivity as well as that of the compelling Renaissance invention, the artist.

 

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Contents

Defining the Terms
1
Talking of Art
35
Thinking About History
67
Describing the Artist
109
The Evening Discussion
152
Color Plates
153
Notes
153
Selected Bibliography
217
Name Index
227
Back Cover
233
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David Cast is Professor of the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College.

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