Giorgio Vasari


Giorgio Vasari’s “The Battle of Marciano in Val di Chiana.” Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Vasari was an artist and architect in 16th-century Italy. But what really made him famous was his writing. He penned biographies of famous artists, but he wasn't exactly exacting about the details.

Holly's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: art, art history, Architecture, biographies, 16th century, European history, Italy, Medici family