Giorgio Vasari: Selections from The Lives of the Artists (abridged)

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Giorgio Vasari: Selections from The Lives of the Artists (abridged)

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An Italian Mannerist architect and painter, Giorgio Vasari was acquainted with many of the most famous artists of his day. He is best-known today for his biographies of artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, and Giotto. This recording is read with clarity and authority by Neville Jason.

Giorgio Vasari: The Lives of the Artists

Preface to The Lives

Cimabue c. 1240-1302? [1240-1300]*

Giotto c. 1267-1337 [1276-1336]

When the Pope had seen these works…

Andrea Pisano c. 1290-1348/9

Luca Della Robbia 1399/1400-1482 [1388-?]

Paolo Uccello 1396/7-1475 [1350-1432]

Lorenzo Ghiberti 1378-1455

Donatello and Filippo, when they perceived…

Masaccio 1401-1428 [?-1443]

Filippo Brunelleschi 1377-1446

Brunelleschi: Filippo was born in the year 1377

On his arrival, the wardens of S. Maria…

It then occurred to Filippo that he would…

The murmurers had now been silenced…

Donatello 1386?-1466 [1383-1466]

Piero della Francesca c. 1410/20-1492

Fra Angelico c. 1410/20-1492 [1387-1455]

Antonello da Messina c. 1430-1479

Fra Filippo Lippi c. 1406-1469 [1381-1438]

Jacopo, c. 1400-1470/71, Gentile 1429?-1507 and Giovanni Bellini c. 1430/40-1516

Sandro Botticelli 1444/5-1510 [1437-1515]

Andrea Verrocchio c. 1435-1488

Andrea Mantegna 1431-1506 [1451-1517]

Luca Signorelli 1441?-1523 [1439-1521]

Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519

He afterwards devoted even greater care to…

Giorgione 1476/8-1510 [1470-1511]

Piero di Cosimo c.1462-1521? [1441-1521]

Bramante 1444-1514

Fra Bartolommeo 1472/5-1517 [1469-1517]

While he was engaged in producing these…

In his childhood Raphael imitated the style…

Andrea del Sarto 1486-1530 [1478-1520]

At that time there was a sacristan…

When Andrea left for France,…

Rosso Fiorentino 1495-1540 [?-1541]

Francesco Mazzuoli, called Parmigianino 1503-1540 [1504-1540]

Albrecht Durer 1471-1528

Giulio Romano, prob.1499-1546 [1492-1546]

Sebastiano del Piombo c. 1485-1547 [1475-1547]

Jacopo da Pontormo 1494-1556 [1493-1558]

By these and his other works Jacopo took…

Jacopo Tintoretto 1518-1594

Francesco de Salviati 1510-1563

Accordingly, they united to spread abroad…

Michelangelo Buonarotti 1475-1564

Lorenzo's garden was full of antiquities…

When the statue was finished,…

After the Pope had returned to Rome…

While Michelangelo was at Carrara…

Michelangelo had already finished…

I had returned to Florence to serve…

Michelangelo was employed by Paul IV…

Michelangelo was devoted to the labours…

Michelangelo enjoyed excellent health…

Titian c. 1485-1576 [1480-?]

The year that Andrea Gritti was appointed…

Titian did for Queen Mary a Prometheus…

Jacopo Sansovino 1486-1570 [1477-1570]

The Florentine nation being at that time…

Giorgio Vasari 1511-1574

But as I was thus winning honour, fame and…

I left Rome in October 1546…

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