Historical figure Giorgio Vasari

Born in: 1511  - Died in: 1574
Giorgio Vasari was born in Arezzo in 1511, he worked mainly in Florence where he founded the Academy of Arts and Design together with other artists, based on the principle that the study of design is the basis for all the arts.
Giorgio Vasari is remembered mainly for his work as historiographer and art critic with the Lives of the most excellent painters, sculptors and architects of which there is a first edition dating back to 1550 and a second one of 1568 more expanded.
The study of the art of Michelangelo and Raphael is evident in his pictorial works that have allegorical and fantastic subjects, such as the decorative cycle at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and the frescoes for his home in Arezzo.
In 1552 he began his activity as an architect with the construction of Villa Giulia in Rome commissioned by Pope Julius III. Other architectural works will follow, such as the dome of the Madonna dell'Umiltà in Pistoia, the Logge in Arezzo, but above all the Palazzo degli Uffizi in Florence. Started in 1560, the Uffizi Palace consists of two buildings faced and divided by a narrow courtyard ending with a Serbian loggia that joins the two parts of the building. The decorations of the façades respond to a manneristic taste with a strong projection of the frames and the tympanums that overlook the windows. He died in Florence in 1574.

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Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

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