Giorgio Vasari Art Historian of the 15th Century

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Giorgio Vasari painting by Andrea del Sarto

Vasari was a Painter, Architect, Engineer, Writer, Historian, but he became mostly known for his book on the lives and works of excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects contemporary in his lifetime.

Vasari was born in Arezzo, Tuscan Hilltown, in 1511. He started very young to study art; in 1524, he was an apprentice under the painter Andrea Del Sarto, where humanistic education was occurring. He befriended Michelangelo and was influence by his work.

In 1529 he studied the work by Raffaello. In 1547 he painted the Hall of the Palazzo Della Cancelleria.

Medici employed him in Florence, Rome, and Naples.

His work still exists in the Sala Cosimo in the Palazzo Vecchio, from 1555. He also organized the Studiolo. And in Rome, he painted the Sala Regia. At the time, he had many followers.

“He is well known for the Palazzo Degli Uffizi by the Arno loggia, which is the corridor that follows the lines of the river which are open to the river itself and appear to embrace the riverside environment. The passage called the Vasari Corridor connected the Uffizi with Palazzo Pitti on the other side of the river.”


Vasari amassed a considerable fortune. Achieve the title of Gonfaloniere, and he became Knight of the Golden Spur, elected by the Pope.

In 1563 he helped to found the Florentine Academy Compagnia Delle Arti with the Grand Duck and Michelangelo as Capi Della Istituzione and 36 Artists chosen as Members.

Giorgio Vasari died in 1574, but his artwork is not what Art Historians write about it. In all Art History books, the Lives of his contemporary Artist book of 1544 is always a reference for Historians.

The Deposition by Giorgio Vasari via Wikipedia
Raffaello painted “The Deposition – The Baglioni Entombent” in 1508. He was commissioned by Atalanta Baglione after the death of her Son Grifonetto in Perugia.

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