Branding the Renaissance — Giorgio Vasari

Battle of Marciano, painted by Giorgio Vasari in 1571 (Palazzo Vecchio, Florence)
Title page of Vasari’s ‘Lives’ (1568 edition)
Lamentation (c.1304–1306) by Giotto di Bondone, located in the Cappella degli Scrovegni
View of Florence from a Vasari painting (1563–1565, Palazzo Vecchio)
Cosimo I de Medici, painted by Giorgio Vasari (1563–1565, Palazzo Vecchio)
  • beginning the vast painting on the ceiling of the great dome in Florence Cathedral
  • designing the Vasari corridor — an enclosed passageway from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti for the Medici so they would not have to walk on the streets
  • designing the Uffizi for the bureaucracy of Cosimo I’s government
  • renovating the Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce churches
  • writing The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, the world’s first work of art history
Giorgio Vasari’s self-portrait (c.1560)
Cimabue (c.1240–1302) was the first artist covered in Vasari’s ‘Lives’
Last Judgment (136–1541) by Michelangelo
Apotheosis of Cosimo I (1563–1565) by Giogrio Vasari, located in the Palazzo Vecchio

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