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A Thematic Approach

The assessment of an artwork’s quality is often a matter of opinion, but one quick way often used to gauge the worth of a painting is to ask whether the artist is famous. This method infers that the more famous the painter, the better the painting. That artists should strive for fame is a key lesson imparted by the Florentine biographer of Renaissance artists, Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574). In his book , (also known as ) the author, who was also a painter, complimented his illustrious subjects by cataloging the works they produced that ensured their well-earned fame. He also notes disapprovingly of their missteps, warning aspiring artists about hazards that can get one knocked off the pedestal. After all,, meaning rumor or gossip.

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