The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.2 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.72 pounds

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About the Author
Ingrid Rowland is an award-winning author, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a professor of history, classics, art, and architecture at the University of Notre Dame, based in Rome.
Noah Charney is an internationally best-selling author and professor of art history living in Slovenia.
Ingrid Rowland, a prominent scholar of Renaissance art and history, and her fellow writer and historian Noah Charney, wear their erudition lightly in their gracefully written biography.--Deborah Solomon
Readers curious about the making of Renaissance art, its cast of characters and political intrigue, will find much to relish in these pages. This is a lively, highly readable point of entry into an important and fascinating text.--Cammy Brothers
[Rowland and Charney's] account of Vasari's Tuscany, and of the facts (and fictions) that went into his "Lives," is a fitting tribute to their subject's biographical achievements.
"[A]n engaging, intricate and mesmerizing gem of a book for those who enjoy reading about the lives of artists and placing the Renaissance within a greater context."
Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney give full measure to [Vasari's] artistic skills (and the diplomatic adroitness he needed to exercise them) and place him again at the centre of 16th-century Italian art.
Insightful, gripping, and thoroughly enjoyable.--Sarah Bakewell
An immersive tour of Vasari's kaleidoscopic world, rich with court intrigue, iconographic riddles, artistic rivalries, Renaissance wordplay, naughty monkeys, and, possibly, even a lost Leonardo. Rowland and Charney have done the epic biographer proud with this affectionate, original life of the artist.--Stacy Schiff
A refreshingly sharp and original study of the man who almost single-handedly invented the very discipline of art history. Vasari emerges from this book as a visionary, but also as an unscrupulous wheeler-dealer in artistic reputations: a magnificent teller of truths, but also an outrageously inventive liar. Anyone interested in the Renaissance simply has to read it.--Andrew Graham-Dixon
Rowland and Charney lure readers in with a mystery of Dan Brown proportions. ...[A]n exciting read. Rowland and Charney are at their best when explaining the workings of the sixteenth-century art world.
[E]ngrossingly heady and detailed...a sharp study of a sometimes overlooked but always vital figure.
Absorbing and well-researched... a richly detailed life of this singular Renaissance figure.--(starred review)
The Collector of Lives is a fitting tribute to Giorgio Vasari--a book as entertainingly readable as Vasari's own gossipy tales. Rowland and Charney put this vital figure in Western culture into new contexts and perspectives, offering compelling insights that will entice and satisfy art amateurs and scholars alike.--Ross King