Vasari’s Biographies Of Famous Artists
Listen to part of a lecture in an art history class.
- What is the lecture mainly about?
- A. Vasari’s efforts to prove a theory about the Mona Lisa.
- B. Vasari’s friendships with da Vinci and Michelangelo.
- C. Experiences that shaped Vasari’s approach to art history.
- D. The influence of Vasari’s book in the field of art history.
- What is the professor’s attitude toward the mystery associated with the Mona Lisa?
- A. He is confident that most of the important questions about the painting will eventually be answered.
- B. He is displeased that so little is known about the painting.
- C. He thinks that certain theories about the painting are probably accurate.
- D. He thinks the mystery has made the painting more famous than it deserves to be.
- According to the professor, what was Vasari the first European writer to do?
[CHOOSE 2 ANSWERS]
- A. Take a biographical approach to art history.
- B. Express negative opinions about popular artists.
- C. Classify works of art in a systematic way.
- D. Ask famous artists to comment on their own work.
- How did Vasari treat Michelangelo’s work in Lives of the most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and architects?
- A. He considered Michelangelo’s work second only to that of da Vinci.
- B. He questioned whether Michelangelo had in fact painted all the paintings attributed to him.
- C. He intentionally excluded any mention of Michelangelo’s earliest works.
- D. He used Michelangelo’s work as a standard for judging the work of other artists.
- What feature of Vasari’s discussions of artists does the professor find most interesting?
- A. The descriptions of towns where artists were born.
- B. The information about artists work experience.
- C. The details about artists personal lives.
- D. The grouping of artists into specific movements.
- Why does the professor mention da Vinci’s death?
- A. To point out an emotional difficulty that Vasari experienced when writing his book.
- B. To explain why many scholars today find Vasari’s book outdated.
- C. To provide an example of an inaccurate story in Vasari’s book.
- D. To provide an example of a relationship between a famous artist and a wealthy patron.
D B AC D C C