Lives of the Artists in 3 volumes

Lives of the Artists in 3 volumes are Folio Society hardbacks in a slipcase; the books are in fine condition, with gilt decorated brown cloth board covers, seemingly unread; the slipcase is also in fine condition.


Giorgio Vasari


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Lives of the Artists in 3 volumes

The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, often simply known as The Lives, is a series of artist biographies written by sixteenth-century Italian painter and architect Giorgio Vasari, which is considered ‘perhaps the most famous, and even today the most-read work of the older literature of art’, ‘some of the Italian Renaissance’s most influential writing on art’, and ‘the first important book on art history’.

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About Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari (1511 – 1574) was an Italian Renaissance Master, who worked as a painter, architect, engineer, writer, and historian, who is best known for his work The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, considered the ideological foundation of all art-historical writing, and the basis for biographies of several Renaissance artists, including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Vasari designed the Tomb of Michelangelo in the Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence that was completed in 1578.

Why buy Lives of the Artists from Daker Books?

Daker Books is an independent bookshop in the village of Kibworth, south Leicestershire, specialising in rare and collectable treasures, signed copies, pre-loved and beautiful editions. We have a large collection of Folio Society books too. We pride ourselves on our friendly, professional service and place customer relations and environmental sustainability at the heart of business.

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Folio Society books

Daker Books wants to help its customers seek out second-hand books of the highest quality. To aid in this goal, we have identified that The Folio Society produces books that many of our regular visitors desire. For over 70 years, The Folio Society has published beautiful, illustrated editions of the world’s greatest books. They aim to produce unique books that are outstanding in both their literary content and physical form, and that will grace every bookshelf.

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Hardbacks in slipcase