Giotto's father and the family of Vasari's Lives /
Paul Barolsky.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c1992.
xix, 138 p. ; 24 cm.
0271007621 (alk. paper)
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University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c1992.
0271007621 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-06:
The last volume of a trilogy devoted to Giorgio Vasari's important Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects, first published in 1550 and revised in 1568. Barolsky's project began with Michelangelo's Nose(CH, Feb'91) and was followed by Why Mona Lisa Smiles (1991). The overarching thesis in all three studies is that Vasari wrote a "highly fictional" history of Renaissance art and artists that, properly read, provides an important source for a social history of the period. This last volume focuses on Renaissance artists and their families as a conceptual device for Vasari. Barolsky is right to find an appropriate model for Vasari's work in the Bible with its emphasis on families, but one must also allow for models or topoi from other sources such as ancient mythology or folk legend. Giotto's Father is both instructive and entertaining, but probably only of interest to the small audience that still reads Vasari. Maybe, as the author hopes, this work will stimulate a renewed interest. There is a "Bibliographical Note," but no illustrations.-J. Howett, Emory University
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