Vasari's revised and expanded 1568
edition of the Lives
about 160 artists and filled three volumes--more than even many art
historians care to read--so most readers rely on abridged editions that
include selections from the full work. It is certainly possible
to read the text by itself for information and entertaining
anecdotes. However, Vasari mentions hundreds of specific works in
the text, most of which have survived to the present. A Vasari Companion
seeks to promote
a more satisfying reading experience by making available pictures of
selected works mentioned in the text. The Companion
was originally created
for members of our six-person book club, which read Volume I of Bull's
translation together in 2006.
I hope you enjoy it!