Giorgio Vasari

1511-1574 Italy-Mannerism

 

Brief Biography-Giorgio Vasari the son of a potter was a native of Arezzo. His was educated alongside Ippolito and Alessandro de' Medici in Florence which precipitated later commissions from the de' Medici family. Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino and Jacopo Pontormo were his contemporaries and he became acquainted with Michelangelo who had a strong influence on his work.
He undertook numerous commissions by the de'Medici family in Florence and other cities, his most noted being in the Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo Florence.
In architecture he was responsible for the magnificent Uffizi Loggia and the Vasari Corridor which spans the Arno River over the Ponte Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti.
His most noted fame is for the writing of 'Lives of the most excellent painters, sculptors and architects'. It is regarded as the first and most significant work on the history of artists.
Vasari and Cosimo I de' Medici founded the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno 'Academy of the Arts of Drawing'. Its members included prominent artists such as Michelangelo and Bronzino. Artemisia Gentileschi became the first female member.
His house in Arezzo has much of his work and is today a museum.

 

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the immaculate
conception

allegory of the immaculate conception

allegory related
to alchemy

allegory related to alchemy


annunciation

annunciation


bird catchers

bird catchers

deposition from
the cross

deposition from the cross

duke alessandro
de' medici

duke alessandro de' medici


entombment

entombment

incredulity of
saint thomas

incredulity of saint thomas


justice

justice

marriage
at cana

marriage at cana

martyrdom of
saint stephen

martyrdom of saint stephen by Giorgio Vasari


patience

patience

paul III farnese
directing

paul three farnese directing the continuance of saint peter's

paul III farnese
names cardinals

paul three farnese names cardinals and distributes benefices

perseus and
andromeda

perseus and andromeda


pieta

pieta

portrait of lorenzo
the magnificent

portrait of lorenzo the magnificent

saint luke painting
the virgin

saint luke painting the virgin


self portrait

self portrait

six
tuscan poets

six tuscan poets

temptations of
saint jerome

temptations of saint jerome

the
birth of venus

the birth of venus

the garden of
gethsemane

the garden of gethsemane

the last
judgment

the last judgment

the
nativity

the nativity

the
prophet elisha

the prophet elisha

the studio of
the painter

the studio of the painter


vulcan's forge

vulcan's forge