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4.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance superman Artist, Architect and Politician and writer, 15 Dec 2013
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P. Howard "Penny Howard" (Florence Italy) - See all my reviews
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This remarkable man changed the face of Florence forever with his design to replace the Stocks next to the Palazzo Vecchio with a huge suite of offices - later to become the Uffizi Art Gallery, he also drew up the plans for the private walkway from the Old Medici palace home to their new residence the Pitti Palace - and took it upon himself to negotiate with all the owners of towers, palaces and churches that came in the way of the new passage, he painted the interior of the dome of the Duomo and the ceilings of the main rooms of the Palazzo Vecchio - and yet he still found time to research and write two large volumes of Essays about the most important artists and sculptors of the Renaissance in such a clear and compelling way that they are still in print nearly 500 years later .... think on that all ye who complain that you have no time to read...!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good way of learning art history, 28 Nov 2013
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6 CDs with the Lives of the Artists written by Giorgio Vasari. Apparently the book was first published in 1550 but I can not stop feeling that it was written yesterday. I suppose art is timeless. It is a perfect night stories set for somebody who is lying in bed with eyes wide open and also I am learning quite a lot in such an easy and pleasant way. As early Renaissance
is my favourite period of art with frescoes and egg tempera as main media.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read, 10 April 2014
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A fascinating insight into the club of florentine painters, full of anecdotes. This is a delightful read, surprisingly accessible, almost chatty in style, while providing a wealth of information on the concerns and priorities of artists at this time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imortant, 28 May 2013
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Great book
Just like to know it's there in case I want to read it again and again and again
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