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Giorgio Vasari (30 July 1511 – 27 June 1574)

Giorgio Vasari (30 July 1511 – 27 June 1574) was an Italian painter, architect, writer, and historian.
He is considered the first art historian because he invented the genre of the encyclopedia of artistic biographies with his “ 148 more words

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Judith and Holofernes -- Giorgio Vasari

Judith and Holofernes, c. 1554 by Giorgio Vasari (1511-74)


Maria and the portrait of Ginevra Bentivoglio

Maria stares resolutely at the portrait of Ginevra Bentivoglio; she has been wondering about the lives of the aristocracy since discovering that her great-grandfather was a nobleman in the service of the British empire.  1,299 more words

The Lives of Artists

Screw your textbook and go straight to the source. 370 more words


In Sicilia: Street Scenes, New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve was a day like any other, with one exception: we were in Palermo. We needed to get shopping in, so we walked to the Mercato Vucciria and bought chicken, vegetables, olives, salami, cheese, and wild strawberries. 1,372 more words


In Sicilia: Palazzo Abatellis

The Palazzo Abatellis, along with so much of Palermo’s Kalsa District (the old Arab quarter), was damaged extensively by Allied bombing in WWII. As Jeremy Dummett writes: 1,499 more words