Vasari and the Renaissance Print – IFPDA Honourable Mention for Sharon Gregory

Posted by Bethany Whalley, Marketing Executive

Vasari and the Renaissance PrintOver 500 years since the birth of the Italian painter, writer, historian and architect Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), Ashgate is delighted to congratulate author Sharon Gregory, who has received an Honourable Mention from the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA Book Award 2013) for her book Vasari and the Renaissance Print.

The book was commended by jurors for ‘the unprecedented amount of scholarship devoted to covering this fascinating subject.’ Gregory’s subject comprises Vasari’s interest in the value of engravings and woodblock prints, revealing changing attitudes to – and within – the art industry in the sixteenth-century Italian Renaissance. Vasari capitalised on the burgeoning printmaking industry, understanding the power of the printed image to educate the artist and – perhaps more importantly for Vasari – attract the eye of the wealthy and influential patron.

Reviews:

‘… an exemplary piece of scholarship, deeply considered and scrupulously documented, that will be of interest to curators and historians and literary scholars alike … It is rare to find a study on these subjects that is so sure of its details yet manages also to move beyond them to offer original insights and conclusions.’   David Cast, Bryn Mawr College; author of The Delight of Art: Giorgio Vasari and the Traditions of Humanist Discourse

‘This clearly written, well-researched, and intelligently structured book will remain a fundamental point of reference for all those interested in the history of printmaking as well as in Vasari’s fundamental contribution to art history.’ Renaissance Quarterly

About the author: Sharon Gregory is Associate Professor in Art History and Erasmus Chair in Renaissance Humanism at St Francis Xavier University, Canada.

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