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Record Number: 17182


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Benjamin Robert Haydon to Elizabeth Barrett, 6 June 1843: 'I read Vasari, all day -- yesterday[.] Why are Vasari's Lives so popular [--] why have they gone through so many Editions? -- because what is anecdotical & human is not sacrificed for the sake of the abstract & professional [...] The fact the Michael Angelo was liable to head aches -- is a Comfort! and when I read he had the cramp! -- my dear, I rise an inch taller as I walk'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

5 Jun 1843

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Benjamin Robert Haydon

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1786

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Artist

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

unknown

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Giorgio Vasari

Title:

Delle vite de piu eccelenti pittori, scultori, ed archittetori

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Biography, Arts / architecture

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17182

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson

Title:

The Brownings' Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Winfield

Date of Publication:

1989

Vol:

7

Page:

170

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence, (Winfield, 1989), 7, p. 170, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=17182, accessed: 14 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Not clear whether text read in original, or in translated extracts; source eds note that no complete English translation of text published until 1850 (see p.171 n.1).

   
   
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