Catalog Record: Le vite de' piv eccellenti pittori, scvltori, et architettori | HathiTrust Digital Library

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Le vite de' piv eccellenti pittori, scvltori, et architettori /
scritte, & di nuouo ampliate da M. Giorgio Vasari, pit. et archit. aretino ; co' ritratti loro, et con le nuoue vite dal 1550. insino al 1567 ; con tauole copiosissime de'nomi, dell'opere, e de'luoghi ou' elle sono.


Main Author: Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574.
Related Names: Cini, Giovanni Battista b. 1530., Chrieger, Cristoforo -approximately 1590., Adriani, Giovanni Battista 1513-1579.
Language(s): Italian
Published: In Fiorenza : Appresso i Givnti, 1568.
Subjects: Art, Italian > Art, Italian / Early works to 1800.
Artists > Artists / Italy > Artists / Italy / Portraits > Artists / Italy / Portraits / Early works to 1800.
Artists > Artists / Italy > Artists / Italy / Biography > Artists / Italy / Biography / Early works to 1800.
Festival books > Festival books / Italy > Festival books / Italy / 16th century.
Woodcuts (prints) > Woodcuts (prints) / Italy > Woodcuts (prints) / Italy / 16th century.
Note: Pt. 3 opens with Giovanni Battista Adriani's letter to Vasari concerning ancient artists (a1r-3A1v). Included in pt. 3 is a reprint of Giovanni Battista Cini's description of the entry into Florence of Giovanna d'Austria and festivities to celebrate her marriage to Francesco I, Grand-Duke of Tuscany, in 1565 (5P4v-6H1v).
Vol. 1: [56], 224, 229-444, 447-497, 529, [1] p.; v. 2: [40], 370, [2] p.; v. 3: [84], 371-1012 [i.e. 972], [6] p. (the last 2 blank).
Gathering 4R, v. 3, has 2 leaves rather than 4, though it is not so described in the register. Mortimer suggests that the gathering was shortened in order to begin the immediately following life of Michelangelo on the first leaf of a gathering, as it was intended that the life should also appear as a separately published offprint (described under Mortimer, 517).
Signatures, v. 1: [superscript pi]A-B⁴ [dagger]-[5 daggers]⁴ A-3T⁴ 3V². Vol. 2: *-5*⁴ a-2Z⁴ 3A². Vol. 3: [superscript pi]A² [fleuron]-5[fleurons]⁴ a-e⁴ 3A⁴(-3A1) 3B-4Q⁴ 4R² 4S-6G⁴ 6H⁴(-6H4).
Inner woodcut t.p. border incorporates Medici arms; the work is dedicated to Cosimo de' Medici (dedication from 1st ed. is reprinted along with the new one for this ed.). Woodcut port. of Vasari appears on [superscript pi]B4v, v. 1, over a repetition of the t.p. view of Florence; it is repeated at the beginning of his own life on 6D1v, v. 3. On leaf 2Q4r, v. 2, Vasari writes that he designed the 144 artists' ports. that illustrate most of the lives, while the blocks were cut by "Maestro Christofano." Mortimer writes that this could be either Christoforo Coriolano or Christoforo Criegher, but Coriolano is no longer considered a possibility; see article on Coriolano in Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon. Giunti devices on t.p. and colophon of pt. 3, v. 1 and on colophon of pt. 3, v. 2. Head- and tailpieces, many of type ornaments. Historiated and foliated initials.
Vol. 1 contains pts. 1 and 2. Pt. 3 is divided into "Primo volume" and "Secondo volume," contained respectively in physical vols. 2 and 3; both have added t.p.'s.
Revised, expanded and illustrated version of the 1st ed. (Florence : Lorenzo Torrentino, 1550).
Physical Description: 3 pts. in 3 v. : ports. ; 25 cm. (4to)
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Item Link Original Source
  • Full view pt.1-2
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Full view pt.3, v.1
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Full view pt.3, v.2
  • Getty Research Institute
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