Painter, architect, writer: a protagonist of the art scene in the Florence of Cosimo I.
[Vasari architect]. Universally renowned for his Vite de’ più eccellenti architetti, scultori e pittori, Vasari, as a painter, under Pius V and Gregory XII, decorated the Sala Regia in the Vatican; as an architect he concentrated on the renewal of Florence proposed by Cosimo I, in projects for the Uffizi Galleries and Palazzo Vecchio. His architectural work has been unjustifiably neglected by historians. This book offers the first complete, in-depth examination and critique.
The volume begins with historical-critical texts on the cultural and architectural background of Vasari from his Florentine debut to the architectural paintings; it continues with a systematic examination of all the architectural works, a biographical section, and a general bibliography. The work is accompanied by splendid photographs, made especially for this publication, and drawings.