What's your view on Vasari's The Lives? A book of errors or showing cultural truths?
For me, you have to read Vasari with a sense of humour, and you have to use your initiative to siphon out the bottom-kissing waffle (copyrighting that phrase.) But his work is so important in the development of biographical art history methods that it is hard to ignore. And I think in terms of investigating the progress of Renaissance painters, from Cimabue to Michelangelo, it is pretty necessary to look at The Lives. I personally think he’s quite funny, though perhaps not intentionally … :)
John Currin (1962-) is an American artist living and working in New York City.
Currin’s work focuses primarily on the composition of the human form, and is often physically and erotically charged. You can also see how the artist is clearly influenced by the paintings of the Old Masters, particularly the Mannerists (see Thanksgiving, and then take a look at Parmigianino’s Madonna dal Collo Lungo. Or Honeymoon Nude, then Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus etc etc.)