The Great Masters
Lives of Six Great Renaissance Artists

by Giorgio Vasari
edited and annotated by Michael Sonino

Includes twenty pages of foldouts

This is a special Beaux Arts reprint edition available at a discounted price in limited quantities only.

Giorgio Vasari, himself an eminent painter and architect, is best known as the author of The Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1550). Even today his extensive biographies remain the world's primary source of information about Italian Renaissance artists from the thirteenth century to Vasari's Day.

The standard Italian edition of Vasari covers a host of artists, great and small, in nine massive volumes. Great Masters highlights six of the most important and luminous figures of Renaissance achievement--Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian.

In this splendid volume, Vasari's texts are thoroughly annotated and are accompanied by a historical chronology that clearly relates the artists' lives to the events of their time. The uniqueness of this book is the lavish reproductions of the art discussed in Vasari's texts--examples of painting, drawing, sculpture, and architecture by these six artists. For the first time, readers are able to see what Vasari admired in art and so eloquently wrote about.

9 5/8 x 13 in., 388 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-302-7

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