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Genius and the MindStudies of Creativity and Temperament$
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Andrew Steptoe

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523734

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523734.001.0001

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Artistic temperament in the Italian Renaissance: a study of Giorgio Vasari's Lives

Artistic temperament in the Italian Renaissance: a study of Giorgio Vasari's Lives

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(p.252) (p.253) Chapter 11 Artistic temperament in the Italian Renaissance: a study of Giorgio Vasari's Lives
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Genius and the Mind
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Andrew Steptoe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523734.003.0011

This chapter analyses the issue of artistic temperament and creativity as well as personalities of artists in the Italian Renaissance through the Lives of the Artists, by Giorgio Vasari (1511–74), a prolific painter and architect. He assumed firstly that these painters, sculptors, and architects conformed to the modern view of artistic temperament, secondly that they had characteristics which were socially acceptable within the constraints of the era, and finally, that the personalities of the artists have no commonalities and would be distributed randomly across socially desirable and less acceptable idiosyncratic characteristics. It is interesting that in the analysis presented in this chapter, the more successful artists of the Italian Renaissance also appear to have coupled creativity with social and diplomatic skills.

Keywords:   Lives of the Artists, artistic temperament, creativity, Italian Renaissance, artists, personalities, Giorgio Vasari

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