Giorgio Vasari Biography
(Artist and Author Best Known for His Biographies of Italian Artists)
Birthday: July 30, 1511 (Leo)
Born In: Arezzo, Italy
Giorgio Vasari was an Italian artist, architect and art historian and one of the most influential artists in 16th century Italy. Vasari grew up in the town of Arezzo in Italy and trained under the guidance of his relatives before moving to Florence in order to get the relevant expertise needed to be an artist. Vasari also went to Rome to learn the finer points of painting by observing the work of the masters. One of the most important things to point out regarding the career of Giorgio Vasari is that although he was a well-known painter he was not regarded as one of the giants of his time and instead his work as an architect was far more appreciated by art enthusiasts. The Medici family, who were the most influential patrons of the arts commissioned him to work on one of their palaces as well. Vasari’s book on the artists of his era is still regarded as a reference for anyone who wishes to know about the great artists of the renaissance and that is certainly one of his biggest legacies in spite of the fact that the book has been criticised by historians due to apparent bias towards certain artists.