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The Delight of Art: Giorgio Vasari and the Traditions of Humanist Discourse

The Delight of Art: Giorgio Vasari and the Traditions of Humanist Discourse

by David Cast


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The Delight of Art offers a highly original, erudite interpretation of Vasari’s Lives, one of the most influential texts on the arts. David Cast approaches Vasari’s long, tripartite work as a complex rhetorical history rather than as an archival document mined for facts about the artists. He focuses on the delight Vasari mentions in his accounts of viewers’ responses to works by artists from Giotto to Michelangelo. Cast finds in delight what might be called a threshold into the arena where the cultural and social orders met to produce a sphere of subjectivity as well as that of the compelling Renaissance invention, the artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271034423
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 08/14/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Cast is Professor of the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations



1. Defining the Terms

2. Talking of Art

3. Thinking About History

4. Describing the Artist

Appendix: The Evening Discussion


Selected Bibliography

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