Analysis Of The Book ' The Lives Of The Artists ' Essay

952 Words Sep 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Giorgio Vasari wrote the book, The Lives of the Artists is an expressive, yet biased manner. Throughout his biographies of the artists, Vasari is critical of each artist’s work; especially when it does not reflect what he looks for in a work. Even though, Vasari is a prejudiced writer, one learns several things about each artists’ style, thought process, and background which influence later artists to produce masterpieces. Within the biographies of Cimabue and Duccio, Vasari makes it obvious that Florence painters, deserve more praise than Sienese painters. Cimabue was a Florence painter, who received much more praise from Vasari than the Sienese painter, Duccio. From earlier readings, we know that Vasari enjoys when artists portray their ideas in their own way rather than how it is already being done. During Cimabue’s time, the Greeks as Vasari describes were painting things in a “rough and awkward” style that fell short of greatness. Vasari recognizes that Cimabue has the Greek style in him, but he greatly improves upon it, thus getting much praise from Vasari. Both artists, painted a Madonna yet Vasari only praises Cimabue for his portrayal of it when Duccio’s is more appealing to one’s eye. Vasari explains that Cimabue’s version is great because, “… he demonstrated in his work great powers of invention along with a beautiful style in the pose of a Madonna whom he depicted holding Her son in Her arms…” (Vasari 8). Vasari gives praise to Duccio for the mere fact that…

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