INTRODUCING A NEW SERIES FROM GETTY PUBLICATIONS
Lives of the Artists
The Lives of the Artists series offers vivid and engaging accounts of the world's most renowned artists by their contemporaries.
Each volume contains a contextualizing introduction from a modern scholar and beautiful full-page images. These small-format books represent a diversity of perspectives that scholars, art aficionados, and even those brand new to the history of art will find informative, accessible, and unique.
Lives of Giovanni Bellini
Giorgio Vasari, Carlo Ridolfi, Marco Boschini, and Isabella d'Este
Widely considered the greatest Venetian artist of his time, Giovanni Bellini inspired many to write about his life. This book gathers biographies of Bellini by Vasari and Ridolfi, a poem about the artist by Boschini, and Bellini's correspondence with aristocrat Isabella d'Este about a painting she commissioned from him.
Julia Margaret Cameron
Virginia Woolf, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Roger Fry
Although Julia Margaret Cameron's work was not well-received during her short, but prolific career, she has since become a central figure in the history of early photography. This illustrated volume compiles Virginia Woolf's vibrant account on her great-aunt Cameron's life; the first serious scholarly study of the photographer's work by Roger Fry; and Cameron's own autobiographical essay and only surviving poem.
Looking at Manet
When Édouard Manet's early paintings were greeted with outrage and derision in the 1860s, Émile Zola sprang to his defense, initiating a friendship that would last until Manet's death in 1881. This book brings together Zola's powerful writings on the artist, including a study of Manet and modernity, as well as a moving summation of the artist's work and legacy.
The Life of Michelangelo
The fame and influence of Michelangelo were as immediate as they were unprecedented, so it should not be surprising that he was featured in Giorgio Vasari's seminal text Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects. This volume reproduces Vasari's biography of Michelangelo, which presents his oeuvre as the culminating achievement of Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architecture.
The Life of Raphael
Much of our knowledge of Raphael today is owed to Giorgio Vasari's biography of the artist. Reproduced in full and rich in colorful anecdotes, The Life of Raphael explores the range of Raphael's art, describing its chronology and development in detail, together with the painter's ample love life and spectacular social career.
Lives of Rembrandt
Joachim von Sandrart, Filippo Baldinucci, and Arnold Houbraken
The prodigious talent of Rembrandt—along with his disregard for many of the artistic conventions of his day—astonished, delighted, and dismayed his contemporaries. This book reflects the full gamut of their reactions by compiling three different biographies, which were first published in the decades following Rembrandt's death and appear here in English for the first time in their entirety.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Auguste Rodin had been widely known for decades when the young poet Rainer Maria Rilke interviewed him in Paris. Intensely sensitive to art, and in particular, to the irreducible power of objects, Rilke responded to Rodin's work with prose of great lyricism and clarity. His essay, originally published in 1903 and now available again in this book, is a deeply personal meditation on Rodin's sculpture.
Recollections of Henri Rousseau
Henri Rousseau's work was poorly received by the public until a group of younger avant-garde painters and critics championed his art. One of these critics was Wilhelm Uhde, a dealer and art historian who put together Rousseau's first one-man show. This volume represents the final version of the catalogue for Uhde's show and offers a vivid portrait of Rousseau as both a painter and a man.
A Memoir of Vincent van Gogh
Jo van Gogh-Bonger
The general outlines of Vincent van Gogh's life—the early difficulties in Holland and Paris, the attacks of madness and despair that led to his suicide—are almost as familiar as his paintings. But they are never as intimately revealed as in the writings of his sister-in-law, the teacher, translator, and socialist Jo van Gogh-Bonger, whose excerpted work is gathered together in this slim, yet powerful volume.
Lives of Velázquez
Francisco Pacheco and Antonio Palomino
Lives of Velázquez brings together two seminal early accounts of the great seventeenth-century Spanish painter—one written by his teacher and eventual father-in-law Francisco Pacheco, the other by Baroque painter Antonio Palomino, also known as "the Spanish Vasari." Newly translated for this volume, these biographies serve as our main sources of knowledge about the groundbreaking artist.