Giorgio Vasari: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Giorgio Vasari (, also US: /-ˈzɑːr-, vɑːˈzɑːri/,Italian: [ˈdʒordʒo vaˈzaːri]; 30 July 1511 – 27 June 1574) was an Italian painter, architect, engineer, writer, and historian, best known for his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, considered the ideological initiation of art-historical writing, and basis for biographies of several Renaissance artists including Leonardo da Vinci. Vasari meant the Tomb of Michelangelo in the Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence that was completed in 1578. Based upon Vasari’s text practically Giotto’s new manner of painting, Jules Michelet suggested for the first era the term Renaissance in his Histoire de France (1835), a term adopted by historiography and nevertheless in use today.

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