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Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe
Andrea Mantegna, excerpt from Vasari’s Lives
Andrea Mantegna and Ancient Statues
In his biography of Andrea Mantegna, Giorgio Vasari wrote:
". . . he showed that he knew how to take the good from living and natural objects as well as from those created by art. But with all this, Andrea always believed that good classical statues were more perfect and possessed more beautiful parts than is shown by nature, because those excellent masters, according to what he judged and what he has seen in those statues, had taken the perfection of nature from many living persons...."