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The Collector of Lives

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Biography, History
Unabridged   14.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/20/2018

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The Collector of Lives

Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684416288
Digital Download ISBN:9781684416295

Summary

Lauded by Sarah Bakewell as "insightful, gripping, and thoroughly enjoyable," The Collector of Lives reveals how one Renaissance scholar completely redefined how we look at art.

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Product Description

Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) was a man of many talents—a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar—but he is best known for Lives of the Artists, which singlehandedly established the canon of Italian Renaissance art. Before Vasari's extraordinary book, art was considered a technical skill, and artists were mere decorators and craftsmen. It was through Vasari's visionary writings that Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo came to be regarded as great masters of life as well as art, their creative genius celebrated as a divine gift.

Lauded by Sarah Bakewell as "insightful, gripping, and thoroughly enjoyable," The Collector of Lives reveals how one Renaissance scholar completely redefined how we look at art.

Reviews/Praise

“[Rowland and Charney's] account of Vasari’s Tuscany, and of the facts (and fictions) that went into his “Lives,” is a fitting tribute to their subject’s biographical achievements.” -The New Yorker

"[A]n engaging, intricate and mesmerizing gem of a book for those who enjoy reading about the lives of artists and placing the Renaissance within a greater context." -New York Journal of Books

“Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney give full measure to [Vasari's] artistic skills (and the diplomatic adroitness he needed to exercise them) and place him again at the centre of 16th-century Italian art.” —The Sunday Times

Author Bio

Ingrid Rowland is a professor at the Rome Global Gateway of the University of Notre Dame, based in the Department of History and the School of Architecture. Noah Charney is an internationally bestselling author and professor of art history living in Slovenia.