In the last very few years several online versions of Vasari's Vite have shown up on the Web. As shown below, most of these are copies of some of the many edited versions in English published primarily in North America and Great Britain. It appears that almost all of these shorter editions are now in the public domain, free to be used by anyone. The only exceptions, for North America at least, would seem to be those published after about 1934, which presumably are still protected by copyright laws.

As these were researched online, the titles will be listed under the search title results.

Heading: Lives Of The Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors & Architects

  • This company has used some (or perhaps all) of the Web versions of the Lives and republishes them in hardcopy form. They make no corrections to the original text, nor to the scanned product: "This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide." Kind of sounds like a child explaining his messy bedroom as an exercise in "creative clutter." Seems to be from S. Aftica.

Heading: Vasari's Lives of the Artists

  • Stories Of The Italian Artists From Vasari (1908) E. L. Seeley, editor (and translator?) A fairly typical product of the incompetent Universal Library. Typical: poor quality print reproduction (although not as many mispellings and broken type as in most of their "editions"), no editorial or critical support. Use these versions only if there really is nothing else available.
  • From the Medieval Sourcebook. Posted by Prof. Paul Halsall, 1998. Originally listed as a University of Baltimore site by a "pfitz"; this site is now dismantled. "Selections" from 26 artists. This site includes a list of some other 19th and 20th-century translations. Exact source not knowm, although should be easy enough to find. Poster Halsall also includes a handy list of Vasari versions in English.
  • Listed as Giorgio Vasari. Thirty lives compiled/copied by an unsigned collector, apparently British (from several references to British museums). These apparently are copies of the translations by the contemporary art historian George Bull. Hmmmm

Heading: Lives of Seventy of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects

This was first published in 1902 in New York by Scribners. The editors/annotators are listed as E.H. and E.W. Blashfield and A.A. Hopkins.
  • Questa version. A confused posting--you can do searches, but you can't read page-by-page. Presumably this is because this is actually a teaser, an advertisement. You can ask for a "free trial."
  • Sounds like same as the Questa edition--may even be the U.S. version. Can't tell which of the four original volumes you will receive for your $22.00.
  • Buy it on EBay. So EB does no quality control? No explanation of what this is or its origin.
  • This is another product of the incompetent Universal Library. Original text seems to have been edited by illiterate aliens from Alpha Centauri: text on the right runs over its border, text itself placed randomly, as are many of the's a sample, from the top of the Life of Michelozzo:
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    H. Toa <3«jiiitkUar, DU ArehUekUmiiehs Sntwickelung IiichelozMo'$ und Sein 
    ZmammtnwirktiHg mii JkmatelU^t Jahrbueh der K, P. 8,^ YoL XV. Ea- 
    g^M MOnts (in Ia Tour du Mbnde^ XTjTTT. 887), A travtrt la Touane ; see 
    the ohapiar on Montepnlciano for the tomb of Aimgawi. For Kioheloiio in 
    the Pdeooyeoohio, see Anrelio (Sotti, Storia del Palazxo Veechio, 1889. O. 
    Garoooi, BeaUmH a Paiaxxo Veeehio in ArU e Storia for Maroh IS, 1888. 
    H. Puigi, Dneriatioiu Stwriea del PaUutzo deUa Signaria o FoIomzo Vecchio 
    di Firetue^ Slorenoe, 188a 
    What is the point of doing these projects? I am sure this edited version of the Lives exists in many forms...ahhh, I can't go on. I'll post other versions as they turn up.
  • As Google book, vol. 2 (no sign of any others). Decent copies of the 1896 photos, but text looks like it was photographed through heavy gauze.
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