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Vasari's Florence

Vasari's Florence
Artists and Literati at the Medicean Court

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John Shearman, Paul Barolsky, Elizabeth Pilliod, Paolo L. Rossi, David Cast, Florian Harb, Catherine Monbeig Goguel, Creighton Gilbert, Alessandro Cecchi, Robert Williams, Rick Scorza, Henk Th. Van Veen, Jan L. De Jong, Cristina Acidini Luchinat
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  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2007
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521580885

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  • Vasari's Florence explores the multi-faceted career of Giorgio Vasari - painter, architect, artistic impresario, collector and author of Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects, a text that stands at the foundation of art historical writing up to the present. The essays in this volume examine Vasari's working relationship with his advisor, Vincenzo Borghini, from the decoration of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Sala Regia at the Vatican, to the master's last and greatest challenge, the Cupola of Florence cathedral. Also offered are new insights into Vasari's writings - how Vasari constructed the Lives of his contemporaries to suit his objectives as an artist in his own right, and how his views have conditioned our understanding of Renaissance art. Drawing on recently discovered documentary sources from the Vasari family archive, Vasari's Florence puts into new perspective the historiographical and artistic achievements of this pivotal Renaissance artist.

    • Includes appendices with hitherto unknown documents from the Vasari archive
    • Photographs of newly restored frescoes in Cupola of Florence Cathedral and newly attributed Vasari drawings published for the first time
    • Leading specialists' first collective attempt to examine Vasari's interests as a collector, and the Lives in terms of the literary culture of the time
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '…these essays are lucid and readable, and provide insight into a remarkably complex artistic scene.' Robert Birbeck, uilding Design

    '… can be recommended to any reader with an interest, not only in Vasari himself, but in the Medici grand ducal ambience of the mid-sixteenth century.' Brian Tovey, The Art Newspaper

    'The essays in this volume have much to say about Vasari's originality and profundity as thinker and artist. They are a valuable contribution to our understanding of a perennially fascinating figure.' Burlington Magazine

    'The essays in this volume have much to say about Vasari's originally and profundity as thinker and artist. They are a valuable contribution to our understanding of a perennially fascinating figure.' Burlington Magazine

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    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521580885
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 187 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.11kg
    • contains: 120 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2007
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Biographical Genre: Giorgio Vasari and the paragons of art John Shearman
    The trick of art Paul Barolsky
    Representation misrepresentation and non-representation: Vasari and his competitors Elizabeth Pilliod
    Part II. Artists and Literati at Court: Sprezzatura patronage and fate: Benvenuto Cellini and the world of words Paulo L. Rossi
    Vasari on the practical David Cast
    Part III. Vasari Collezionista: The Formation of an Artist and Connoisseur: Modes and models in Vasari's early drawing oeuvre Florian Harb
    Vasari's attitude toward collecting Catherine Monbeig Goguel
    The Vasari art collection Creighton Gilbert
    Giorgio Vasari's collection of paintings: its provenance and its fate Alessandro Cecchi
    Part IV. Istoria and the Representation of History: The Sala Grande in the Palazzo Vecchio and the precedence controversy between Florence and Ferrara Robert Williams
    Vasari's painting of the Terzo Cerchio in the Palazzo Vecchio: a reconstruction of Medieval Florence Rick Scorza
    Circles of sovereignty: the Tondi of the Sala Grande in the Palazzo Vecchio and the Medici Crown Henk Th. Van Veen
    Papal history and historical Invenzione: Vasari's frescoes in the Sala Regia Jan L. De Jong
    Vasari's last paintings: the cupola of Florence cathedral Cristina Acidini Luchinat.

  • Editor

    Philip Jacks, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Contributors

    John Shearman, Paul Barolsky, Elizabeth Pilliod, Paolo L. Rossi, David Cast, Florian Harb, Catherine Monbeig Goguel, Creighton Gilbert, Alessandro Cecchi, Robert Williams, Rick Scorza, Henk Th. Van Veen, Jan L. De Jong, Cristina Acidini Luchinat

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