Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari (jôr´jō väzä´rē), 1511–74, Italian architect, writer, and painter. He is best known for his entertaining biographies of artists, Vite de' più eccellenti architetti, pittori e scultori italiani (1550, rev. ed. 1568). The standard modern edition is that annotated by Gaetano Milanesi (1878), translated into English by Gaston de Vere as Lives of the Artists (10 vol., 1912–14). Vasari is most enlightening in the discussion of his contemporaries and less trustworthy for 14th- and 15th-century artists. His work is the basic source of our knowledge of Renaissance and mannerist artists. A mannerist himself, he executed paintings in the Palazzo Vecchio at Florence and the Sala Regia in the Vatican and made portraits of the Medici. His major architectural works include the Uffizi in Florence and churches and palaces in Arezzo and in Pisa.

See study by E. Rud (1963).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Lives of the Artists
Giorgio Vasari; Julia Conaway Bondanella; Peter Bondanella.
Oxford University Press, 1998
FREE! Lives of Seventy of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors & Architects
Giorgio Vasari; E. H. Blashfield; E. W. Blashfield; A. A. Hopkins.
Charles Scribner's Sons, vol.4, 1902
Vasari on Theatre
Thomas A. Pallen; Giorgio Vasari.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1999
Readings in Italian Mannerism
Liana De Girolami Cheney.
Peter Lang, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Vasari's Position as an Exponent of the Maniera Style" begins on p. 9
Genius and the Mind: Studies of Creativity and Temperament
Andrew Steptoe.
Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Vasari's Background" begins on p. 258
Artistic Theory in Italy, 1450-1600
Anthony Blunt.
The Clarendon Press, 1940
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "Vasari"
The Letters of Michelangelo
E. H. Ramsden; Michelangelo Buonarroti; E. H. Ramsden.
Stanford University Press, vol.2, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 39 "Michelangelo and Giorgio Vasari"
The History of Art History
Udo Kultermann.
Abaris Books, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. I "Artists Histories"
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