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- DescriptionGiorgio Vasari's The Lives of the Artists (1550, 1568) has been a key subject of study for students of the Italian Renaissance over the hundreds of years since its publication. It has maintained a powerful grip on the historical imagination and continues to influence the way scholars treat the Renaissance, its artists, and the entire intellectual enterprise of Western art. Focusing on Vasari's literary and narrative achievements, Andrew Ladis turns to Vasari's villains, rather than his heroes, to demonstrate the biographer's foremost interest in glorifying Michelangelo. Approaching Lives on Vasari's terms - as the grand story of the rebirth and triumph of art in Italy - Ladis argues that Vasari was t a mere compiler of facts, but a shrewd, self-confident author aware of the power of metaphor. With a literary reading of the text, Ladis analyzes Vasari's motives and methods as an attempt to portray the great Michelangelo as a Christlike exemplum of ultimate light and goodness. Through biographic details both real and invented, Vasari presents all other artists as various players with varying degrees of heroic and villaius value. Antiheroic characters such as Buffalmacco, Lippi, and Castag, Ladis argues, serve to accentuate the contrasting greatness of Michelangelo.
- Author BiographyAndrew Ladis (1949-2007) was Franklin Professor of Art History at the University of Georgia, USA. His previous books include The Craft of Art: Originality and Industry in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque Workshop and, in four volumes, Giotto and the World of Early Italian Art: An Anthology of Literature.
- Author(s)Andrew Ladis
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/05/2015
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Series TitleBettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art History
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight290 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine11 mm
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