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The Temptation of Saint Jerome
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The Temptation of Saint Jerome 1546

Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574)

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(b Arezzo, 30 July 1511; d Florence, 27 June 1574). Italian painter, architect, and writer, active mainly in Florence and Rome. In his day he was a leading painter, architect, and artistic impresario, but his activities in these fields have been totally overshadowed by his role as the most important of all artistic biographers. His great book, generally referred to as Lives of the Artists, has earned him the title of the father of art history: it is not only the fundamental source of information on Italian Renaissance art, but also a key document in shaping attitudes about the period for centuries afterwards. (The book was first published in Florence in 1550 as Le vite de' più eccellenti architetti, pittori, et scultori italiani (The Lives of the Most Eminent Italian Architects, Painters, and Sculptors); in 1568 there was a second, much enlarged edition, in which the title is slightly changed, the painters being mentioned first.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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