GIORGIO VASARI: Artistic and Emblematic Manifestations

Liana De Girolami Cheney
New Academia Publishing, 2011
502 Pages, 250 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9845832-3-2 Paperback

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About the Author

Liana De Girolami Cheney, Professor of Art History, Chairperson of the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, is author and coauthor of numerous books and articles, including, Botticelli’s Neoplatonic ImagesNeoplatonism and The ArtsThe Paintings of the Casa Vasari; Readings in Italian MannerismThe Symbolism of Vanitas in the ArtsSelf-Portraits of Women PaintersEssays of Women Artists: ‘The Most Excellent’; Andrea del Verrocchio’s Celebration: 1435-1488Medievalism and Pre-RaphaelitismNeoplatonic Aesthetics in Literature, Music and the Visual ArtsGiorgio Vasari’s Teachers: Sacred and Profane ArtGiuseppe Arcimboldo; The Religious Architecture of Lowell; The Homes of Giorgio Vasari (Le dimore di Giorgio Vasari); Giorgio Vasari’s Prefaces: Art and Theory.

About the book

The essays in this book examine art historical manifestations observed in Giorgio Vasari’s paintings and writings, including his impact in the emblematic tradition. Vasari’s conception of history painting evolves in the development of religious and secular decorative cycles in the sixteenth century. His classical education, his love for collecting art and his quest for artistic expression through disegno (drawing) reveal his humanistic culture. Vasari fuses the classical artistic, literary and philosophical traditions with Renaissance literary and visual conventions, thus formulating a practical and theoretical artistic language as well as a historical visual and emblematic repertoire of images with their significance.