The life of Michelangelo /

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Uniform title:Vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori et architettori.
Author / Creator: Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574 (Author)
Other Authors / Creators:Hemsoll, David, writer of introduction.
Other Corporate Authors / Creators:J. Paul Getty Museum, issuing body.
Format: Book
Imprint: Los Angeles : J Paul Getty Museum, 2018.
Summary:The fame and influence of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) were as immediate as they were unprecedented. It is not surprising, therefore, that he was the only living artist Giorgio Vasari included in the first edition of Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects , published in 1550. Revised and expanded in 1568, Vasari's monumental work comprises more than two hundred biographies; for centuries it has been recognized as a seminal text in art history and one of the most important sources on the Italian Renaissance.<br> <br> <br> <br> Vasari's biography of Michelangelo, the longest in his Lives , presents Michelangelo's oeuvre as the culminating achievement of Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architecture. He tells the grand story of the artist's expansive career, profiling his working habits; describing the creation of countless masterpieces, from the David to the Sistine Chapel ceiling; and illuminating his relationships with popes and other illustrious patrons. A lifelong friend, Vasari also quotes generously from the correspondence between the two men; the narrative is further enhanced by an abundance of colorful anecdotes. The volume's forty-two illustrations convey the range and richness of Michelangelo's art.<br> <br> <br> <br> An introduction by the scholar David Hemsoll traces the textual development of Vasari's Lives and situates his biography of Michelangelo in the broader context of Renaissance art history.<br> <br>
Item Description:Originally published: London : Pallas Athene, 2006.
Physical Description:255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 15 cm
Author Notes:Giorgio Vasari was born in Arezzo, Italy on July 30, 1511. He was an architect, painter, and writer. He was the architect for the Uffizi in Florence and the church, monastery, and palace created for the Cavalieri di San Stefano in Pisa. His murals can be seen at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

During his travels, Vasari took notes on various artists and paintings he encountered which resulted in his book, The Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Architects, Painters, and Sculptures. He also wrote biographies of Italian Renaissance artists. He died on June 27, 1574.

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