Giorgio Vasari | Italian Renaissance Painter
| Architect and Art Historian
Giorgio Vasari was born in Arezzo in 1511. At the age
of 16, Cardinal Silvio Passerini sent him to study art in
Florence where he became acquainted with famous artists like
Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, and Jacopo Pontormo, all
working in the exaggerated Mannerist style of painting which
Giorgio Vasari soon adopted as well. It is because of Giorgio
education and extensive travels that we know so much about
prominent artists of his age. Giorgio Vasari became a
particular fan of
Venetian art, Raphael, and
Giorgio Vasari actually knew Michelangelo since
Michelangelo survived most of his contemporaries.
He praised Leonardo as an
artistic genius and a “Renaissance man.” Giorgio Vasari
was only eight years old at the time of Leonardo’s death
1303-05, fresco by
Giotto di Bondone,
Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel,
to see our
'According to Vasari'
During his stay in Rome from 1542-46, Giorgio Vasari was
commissioned by Cardinal Farnese to execute a series of
paintings in the Vatican Chancellery. Although an adequate
painter, he was an excellent architect, known much better for
his art in his own day than today. Giorgio Vasari’s real fame,
however, came not through his art but through his tremendous
contribution to the world of art history with his writings.
Giorgio Vasari's publication in Florence in 1550 of his ‘Lives
of the Most Excellent Architects, Sculptors, and Painters’ is a
wealth of information about art and artists of the Italian
Renaissance. Recognized as a fairly accurate resource in the
world of Italian
Renaissance art history, the term 'according to Vasari' has
come into common usage to provide validation of the legitimacy
of information for educators and art historians to this day.
Giorgio Vasari died in Florence in 1574.