20 Facts About Giorgio Vasari


Giorgio Vasari was befriended by Michelangelo, whose painting style would influence his own.


Giorgio Vasari was employed consistently by members of the Medici family in Florence and Rome, and worked in Naples, Arezzo, and other places.


Giorgio Vasari helped to organize the decoration of the Studiolo, now reassembled in the Palazzo Vecchio.


In Florence, Giorgio Vasari built the long passage, now called Giorgio Vasari Corridor, which connects the Uffizi with the Palazzo Pitti on the other side of the river.


Giorgio Vasari renovated the medieval churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce.


In 1562, Giorgio Vasari built the octagonal dome on the Basilica of Our Lady of Humility in Pistoia, an important example of High Renaissance architecture.


In Rome, Giorgio Vasari worked with Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola and Bartolomeo Ammannati at Pope Julius III's Villa Giulia.


Giorgio Vasari's term, applied to the change in artistic styles with the work of Giotto, eventually would become the French term Renaissance for the era that followed.


Giorgio Vasari was responsible for the modern use of the term Gothic art, as well, although he only used the word Goth in association with the German style that preceded the rebirth, which he identified as "barbaric".


Between his first and second editions, Giorgio Vasari visited Venice and while the second edition gave more attention to Venetian art, it did so without achieving a neutral point of view.


For example, Giorgio Vasari writes that Andrea del Castagno killed Domenico Veneziano, which is incorrect; Andrea died several years before Domenico.


Giorgio Vasari dismisses Bazzi's work as lazy and offensive, despite the artist's having been named a Cavaliere di Cristo by Pope Leo X and having received important commissions for the Villa Farnese and other sites.


Giorgio Vasari did not research archives for exact dates, as modern art historians do, and naturally, his biographies are most dependable for the painters of his own generation and those of the immediate past generation.


Giorgio Vasari includes a sketch of his own biography at the end of the Lives, and adds further details about him and his family in his lives of Lazzaro Giorgio Vasari and Francesco Salviati.


Giorgio Vasari used it repeatedly, and stressed the concept in his introduction to the life of Pietro Perugino, in explaining the reasons for Florentine artistic preeminence.


Giorgio Vasari enjoyed high repute during his lifetime and amassed a considerable fortune.


Giorgio Vasari married Niccolosa Bacci, a member of one of the richest and most prominent families of Arezzo.


Giorgio Vasari was made Knight of the Golden Spur by the Pope.


Giorgio Vasari was elected to the municipal council of his native town and finally, rose to the supreme office of gonfaloniere.


Giorgio Vasari built a fine house in Arezzo in 1547 and decorated its walls and vaults with paintings.