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Casa Vasari in Florence

Sala Grande

Giorgio Vasari’s Florentine residence is a stone’s throw from Santa Croce in the street of the same name, Borgo Santa Croce, house number 8. At Vasari’s request, Duke Cosimo I. had initially let the building to him in 1557 before gifting it to him four years later in recognition of his artistic achievements. With the help of his studio, Vasari frescoed the walls of the Sala Grande on the first floor around 1572 with ancient artistic legends, allegorical representations and a series of portraits of important painters, sculptors and architects of the Renaissance. The programme, which could be attributed to Vasari’s friend, the humanist Vincenzo Borghini, is dedicated to the portrayal of Vasari as an artist, humanist and scholar. In its entirety, it represents the complete achievements of his theoretical and practical experiences gathered during his lifetime. Parts of the fresco programme can be traced to the earlier frescoes Vasari created between 1542 and 1548 for his residence in Arezzo. After his death in 1574, the house in Florence remained in the hands of Vasari’s family, and then was passed to an Aretine lay brotherhood in 1687, until finally purchased by the Morrocchi family in the 19th century, who still owns it today. Only the Sala Grande remained untouched by the numerous reconstructions that the Palazzo was subjected to over the course of time.


North-west wall, state after cleaning of the paint surface and fixation of the coating

North-east wall, state after partial cleaning of the paint surface

South-east wall, state after partial cleaning of the paint surface

South-west wall, state after partial cleaning of the paint surface

Portrait of Giorgio Vasari (self-portrait?), north-west wall, state after cleaning of the paint surface and fixation of the coating




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