Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari

Self-portrait, from 1571 until 1574

Years of life: 1511 – 1574
Artist's Teachers: Andrea del Sarto
Art Movement: Mannerism (Late Renaissance)
Painting School: Tuscan School
Genre: Portrait , Religious , Mythology , Genre scenes
Country: Italy
Century: XVI

Painter, architect, writer, art historian, collector. A popular and entertaining personality whose patrons – an inveterate gossip – were said to have enjoyed his storytelling ability as much as his art. He is most famous for his volumes of biography, Lives of the Artists (1550; reprinted and extended in 1568), which was dedicated to Cosimo de Medici. Despite inconsistencies, errors, and an overwhelming bias in favor of Michelangelo, it remains an important source for students of Renaissance art.

Giorgio Vasari’s major works are Paul III Directing the Continuence of St. Peter’s, 1544 (Rome: Palazzo della Cancelleria); Uffizi offices (finished by others), 1560–80 (Florence); The Prophet Elisha, c. 1566 (Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi); The Attack on the Porta Camolia at Siena, 1570 (Florence: Museo Ragazzi).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Self-portrait

    from 1571 until 1574

    Self-portrait   •  from 1571 until 1574

  • The Forge of Vulcan

    1567

    The Forge of Vulcan   •  1567

  • Portrait of Alessandro de' Medici, "il Moro" (1510-1537)

    1537

    Portrait of Alessandro de' Medici, "il Moro" (1510-1537)   •  1537

  • Jacob's Dream

    between 1557 and 1558

    Jacob's Dream   •  between 1557 and 1558

  • Pieta

    1550

    Pieta  •  1550

  • Temptations of St Jerome

    1541

    Temptations of St Jerome   •  1541

  • Deposition from the Cross

    1540

    Deposition from the Cross   •  1540

  • Martyrdom of St Stephen

    1560s

    Martyrdom of St Stephen   •  1560s

  • Entombment of Christ

    1532

    Entombment of Christ   •  1532

  • Portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici

    between 1533 and 1534

    Portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici   •  between 1533 and 1534

  • Justice

    1542

    Justice  •  1542

  • Allegory of the Immaculate Conception

    1541

    Allegory of the Immaculate Conception   •  1541

  • Patience

    1542

    Patience  •  1542

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