Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), Le vite de’ più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architettori (1568)

When Giorgio Vasari undertook the revision of his Vite, his aim was not simply to update and augment the first version with new and additional material – information that was provided and processed by a network of numerous correspondents and collaborators. He also reconceptualized his master narrative and reassessed the role played therein by certain…Continue reading Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), Le vite de’ più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architettori (1568)

Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), Le vite de’ più eccellenti architetti, pittori, et scultori italiani (1550)

A founding stone of modern art history, the Vite written by the Tuscan painter and architect Giorgio Vasari appeared in first edition in 1550. As has been emphasized in recent scholarship, Vasari’s collection of artists’ biographies followed a clear historiographic structure that interpreted the process of art’s rebirth since the late thirteenth century as a…Continue reading Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), Le vite de’ più eccellenti architetti, pittori, et scultori italiani (1550)

Anonymous, Historia di Pisa di Ranieri Sardo Cittadino Pisano (c. 1430)

This text is the continuation of Ranieri Sardo’s chronicle finished in 1399, though it was composed by another writer at a somewhat later date (ca. 1430). Instead of a chronological series of historical events, it presents an abridged building history of the city since biblical times, a detailed description of the major buildings on the…Continue reading Anonymous, Historia di Pisa di Ranieri Sardo Cittadino Pisano (c. 1430)