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Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574):

Lives of the Artists, selections


  1. Cimabue and Giotto
  2. The Gaddi and Buffalmacco
  3. Andrea della Cione Orcagna, Spinello, Dello, and Paolo Uccello
  4. Luca della Robbia and Lorenzo Ghiberti
  5. Filippo di ser Brunelesco
  6. Donatello
  7. Fra Angelico
  8. Antonello da Messina, Andrea dal Castagno, and Domenico Veneziano
  9. Filippo Lippi and Botticelli
  10. Piero della Francesca and Luca Signorelli
  11. Ghirlandajo, Cosimo Roselli, and Piero di Cosimo
  12. Fra Bartolommeo and Mariotto Albertinelli
  13. The Bellini and Andrea Mantegna
  14. Lionardo da Vinci
  15. Giorgione and Fra Sebastiano del Piombo
  16. Perugino and Raffaello
  17. Andrea del Sarto
  18. Maturino and Polidoro and Monsignori
  19. Il Rosso
  20. Parmagiono
  21. Perino del Vaga
  22. Baccio Bandinelli
  23. Rusticci
  24. Salviati
  25. Titian
  26. Michael Angelo

Source. These texts were at http://ubmail.ubalt.edu/~pfitz/ART/REN/VASARI.HTM,but vanished from the net, and so they have been restored here.

Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574. Lives of the most eminent painters, sculptors & architects, by Giorgio Vasari: newly tr. by Gaston du C. de Vere. With five hundred illustraiions, London, Macmillan and & The Medici society, 1912-15.

Other translations include:

Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574. The lives of the painters, sculptors and architects. London, J. M. Dent; New York, Dutton [1949-50]). This is available in full at University of Adelaid ebooks.

Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574.  Lives of the most eminent painters, sculptors, and architects. Abridged from the translation by Gaston DuC. DeVere. Edited, with an introd., by Robert N. Linscott. New York, Modern Library [1959].

Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574. Lives of the artists. Selected and translated by E.L. Seeley. Introd. by Alfred Werner. (New York, Noonday Press, [1965, c1957]).

Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574. Lives of the artists; a selection translated by George Bull. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, Eng. : Penguin Books, 1987.

Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574. The lives of the artists; translated with an introduction and notes by Julia Conaway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella. (Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.).


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