Giorgio Vasari

1511–1574

Author of  'The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects',  published in 1550 in Florence, Italy

Florentine Painter, Architect and Historiographer

Influences - Giotto Bondone, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Paolo Veneziano,

Cause of Death -  Old Age

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 Giorgio Vasari Quotations

 On Andre del Sarto "Let us conclude then that, if Andrea in life was mean-spirited and contented with little, in art his spirit was lofty, and he was quick and skilful in work, so that he greatly assisted art by his style in design and colouring." -- Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects', published in 1550

 Vasari  held a grudge against Sienese painter Sodoma and claimed 'Sodoma' stands for 'the sodomite'. Vasari wrote in his book "His manner of life was licentious and dishonorable, and as he always boys and beardless youths about him of whom he was inordinately fond, this earned him the nickname of Sodoma." Sodoma cared little for Vasari's opinion and although he was married with children continued to entertain handsome young gentleman friends in his private Sienese studio.
 

On Titian "At the time he first began to paint like Giorgione, when he was no more than eighteen, Titian did a portrait of a friend of his, a gentleman of the Barberigo family, which was held to be extremely fine especially the stitches in a doublet of silvered satin." -- Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects', published in 1550

On Botticelli "It is said that Sandro was extraordinarily fond of those whom lie knew to be students of the arts, and that he made a good deal, but wasted all through his carelessness and want of control. Having become old and useless, he fell to walking with two crutches, as he could not stand straight, and in this state of decrepitude he died at the age of seventy-eight, being buried in Ognissanti in I515." - Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects', published in 1550

 

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