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  • 120 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 336 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 1.11 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 709/.2
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: N6923.V32 V37 1998
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Vasari, Giorgio,--1511-1574--Criticism and interpretation
    • Art, Renaissance--Italy--Florence
    • Art, Italian--Italy--Florence
    • Medici, House of--Art patronage

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521580885 | ISBN-10: 0521580889)

  • Published January 1998

Unavailable - out of print March 2007


This book explores the multi-faceted career of Giorgio Vasari--painter, architect, artistic impresario, collector and biographer. The essays examine Vasari's working relationship with his advisor, Vincenzo Borghini, from the decoration of the Sala Regia at the Vatican to the master's last and greatest challenge, the cupola of Florence cathedral. Drawing on recently discovered documentary sources from the Vasari family archive,Vasari's Florence puts into new perspective the historiographical and artistic achievements of this pivotal Renaissance artist.


Part I. The Biographical Genre: Giorgio Vasari and the paragons of art John Shearman; The trick of art Paul Barolsky; Representation misrepresentation and non-representation: Vasari and his competitors Elizabeth Pilliod; Part II. Artists and Literati at Court: Sprezzatura patronage and fate: Benvenuto Cellini and the world of words Paulo L. Rossi; Vasari on the practical David Cast; Part III. Vasari Collezionista: The Formation of an Artist and Connoisseur: Modes and models in Vasari's early drawing oeuvre Florian Harb; Vasari's attitude toward collecting Catherine Monbeig Goguel; The Vasari art collection Creighton Gilbert; Giorgio Vasari's collection of paintings: its provenance and its fate Alessandro Cecchi; Part IV. Istoria and the Representation of History: The Sala Grande in the Palazzo Vecchio and the precedence controversy between Florence and Ferrara Robert Williams; Vasari's painting of the Terzo Cerchio in the Palazzo Vecchio: a reconstruction of Medieval Florence Rick Scorza; Circles of sovereignty: the Tondi of the Sala Grande in the Palazzo Vecchio and the Medici Crown Henk Th. Van Veen; Papal history and historical Invenzione: Vasari's frescoes in the Sala Regia Jan L. De Jong; Vasari's last paintings: the cupola of Florence cathedral Cristina Acidini Luchinat.


John Shearman, Paul Barolsky, Elizabeth Pilliod, Paolo L. Rossi, David Cast, Florian Harb, Catherine Monbeig Goguel, Creighton Gilbert, Alessandro Cecchi, Robert Williams, Rick Scorza, Henk Th. Van Veen, Jan L. De Jong, Cristina Acidini Luchinat

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