Explore the foundations of the Italian Renaissance and art history in Vasari on Technique: Being the Introduction to the Three Arts of Design. Giorgio Vasari was a 16th Century painter, sculptor and architect who is known as the father of art history. His writings on painters, sculptors and architects started a new writing genre, that of the encyclopedia of artist biographies. Vasari was writing when the Renaissance was in full bloom and this book contains many powerful examples of classical art and architecture.
Vasari on Technique: Being the Introduction to the Three Arts of Design is divided into three sections: On Architecture, On Sculpture, and On Painting. Each section begins with a discussion of materials, then moves on to forms, and finally to practical considerations on how to paint, sculpt or build powerful works of art. There is a list of illustrations which identifies the plates, illustrations and figures which appear throughout the book. This is a handy guide for a reader who wants to find a particular illustration, along with specifications about the piece.
As an artist himself, Vasari has great credibility when he gives advice on how to work with various materials and the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. He also has the knowledge of a true scholar, expertly explaining the technical and artistic elements of ancient and modern architectural forms, especially the Greek. The book is even more enjoyable because of Vasari's passion for art. For example, after praising classical Greek formations, Vasari attacks the Gothic style as being awful, deformed and demented.
When an author blends strong opinions with scholarly discussion the way Vasari does in this book, it enlivens the text and makes art truly come alive.Vasari on Technique: Being the Introduction to the Three Arts of Design is an essential book for artists, art lovers and people who love to read. The book is an excellent resource for Renaissance art.