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Trained as a painter, architect, and goldsmith, Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) practiced various artistic trades, but is most renowned today as the first art historian. His Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, first published in 1550, is the principal source of information about the most prominent artists of the European Renaissance. Having studied under the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), Vasari was particularly keen to tell this story. In these scenes from his biography of Michelangelo, Vasari draws attention to his master’s early training, as well as the prominent roles Lorenzo il Magnifico de’ Medici and ancient sculpture played in his artistic development.

Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artists (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), 418–420; 427–428.

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