Why Mona Lisa Smiles and Other Tales by Vasari by Paul Barolsky

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Why Mona Lisa Smiles discusses Vasari's shrewd, witty, intimate awareness of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio and relates the Lives to the works of Castiglione, Aretino, Cellini, and Rabelais. Barolsky reveals the unexpected fantasy of Vasari, who imagined and then invented artists and works of art, as well as totally fabricating the lives of artists about whom he knew little or nothing.

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Published March 25, 1991 by Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt). 128 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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But the copying of drawings was also an essential element in the training of artists, and this would account for the fact that several of the few preparatory chalk drawings plausibly associated with the Sistine ceiling exist in more than one version.

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