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Casa Vasari in Florence

Portraits of the Artists

In the second edition of “Lives”, which was published in Florence in 1568, Vasari had not only extensively revised and added to the book, but also preceded the individual lives with a woodcut showing a portrait of the respective artist. These representations were used as templates for the portrait medallions in the upper frieze in the Sala Grande, for which Vasari selected from the total of 159 lives thirteen artists who he held in particularly high admiration: Cimabue und Giotto as forerunners, Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Masaccio as the founders of Renaissance art, followed by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and finally Michelangelo, who Vasari admired throughout his life. Further portraits here are of Raphael’s followers Perin del Vaga and Giulio Romano; Andrea del Sarto, one of his teachers, and Rosso Fiorentino, whose art was a powerful influence on Vasari’s early works; and finally, Francesco Salviati, who had worked together with Vasari in Rome. With this sequence of pictures, which can be assigned to the tradition of the “uomini illustri”, Vasari succeeded in creating an impressive illustration of the newly earned self-assurance of the artist in the 16th century.


Perin del Vaga, north-west wall, state after cleaning of the paint surface and fixation of the coating

Giulio Romano, north-west wall, state after cleaning of the paint surface and fixation of the coating

Rosso Fiorentino, north-west wall, state after cleaning of the paint surface and fixation of the coating

Rosso Fiorentino, north-west wall, state after cleaning of the paint surface and fixation of the coating

Francesco Salviati, north-west wall, state after cleaning of the paint surface and fixation of the coating

Cimabue, north-east wall, state after cleaning of the paint surface and fixation of the coating

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

Masaccio, north-east wall, state before restoration

Raphael, south-east wall, state before restoration

Michelangelo, south-east wall, state during cleaning of the paint surface

Leonardo da Vinci, south-east wall, state during cleaning of the paint surface

Andrea del Sarto, south-east wall, state after partial cleaning of the paint surface

Donatello, parete sudovest, stato dopo il fissaggio del colore mediante carta giapponese

Filippo Brunelleschi, south-west wall, state before restoration




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