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Japanese edition of Vasari’s Lives
Villa I Tatti is pleased to support a new project: the first complete translation into Japanese of Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Florence, 1568). The fundamental text for our knowledge of Renaissance art, Vasari’s Lives is now available only in old and partial translations. The new edition will be published, in six volumes, by Chuo-koron Bijutsu Shuppan (Tokyo). The first volume, including introductions and Lives from the Duecento and Trecento, will appear by April 2014. Translations will be carried out by specialists in Italian Renaissance Art who will also provide scholarly notes about the works cited and the historical context. Five editors supervise this project: Yoshiyuki Morita (Professor Emeritus, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music), Michiaki Koshikawa (Tokyo University of the Arts), Noriyuki Kai (Ibaragi University), Kikuro Miyashita (Kobe University), and Mitsumasa Takanashi (Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music). The project is also supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, an affiliated body of the Japanese Ministry of Education.
This project is part of our efforts to support and promote Italian Renaissance studies in Japan and other areas that have been under-represented at I Tatti, and to establish valuable contacts with colleagues around the world. For a list of forthcoming I Tatti lecture to be given in Japan, please follow this link.