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Giorgio Vasari

1511 - 1574

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Giorgio Vasari (, also US: , Italian: [ˈdʒordʒo vaˈzaːri]; 30 July 1511 – 27 June 1574) was an Italian Renaissance Master, who worked as a painter, architect, engineer, writer, and historian, who is best known for his work The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, considered the ideological foundation of all art-historical writing, and the basis for biographies of several Renaissance artists, including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Vasari designed the Tomb of Michelangelo in the Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence that was completed in 1578. Based on Vasari's text in print about Giotto's new manner of painting as a rinascita (rebirth), author Jules Michelet in his Histoire de France (1835) suggested adoption of Vasari's concept, using the term Renaissance (rebirth, in French) to distinguish the cultural change. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giorgio Vasari has received more than 1,030,694 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Giorgio Vasari is the 74th most popular writer (up from 78th in 2019), the 76th most popular biography from Italy (down from 71st in 2019) and the 9th most popular Italian Writer.

Giorgio Vasari is most famous for being an Italian painter, architect, and writer. He is best known for his book "The Lives of the Artists" which was published in 1550.

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Among writers, Giorgio Vasari ranks 74 out of 5,755Before him are James Joyce, Romain Rolland, Giacomo Casanova, Isaac Asimov, Ayn Rand, and Astrid Lindgren. After him are Marquis de Sade, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Frost, Toni Morrison, and Paulo Coelho.

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Among people born in 1511, Giorgio Vasari ranks 1After him are Francisco de Orellana, Bartolomeo Ammannati, Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Ippolito de' Medici, Erasmus Reinhold, Ashikaga Yoshiharu, and Nicola Vicentino. Among people deceased in 1574, Giorgio Vasari ranks 2Before him is Selim II. After him are Charles IX of France, Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Renée of France, Bartolomeo Eustachi, Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry, Maarten van Heemskerck, Ebussuud Efendi, Georg Joachim Rheticus, Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, and Louis of Nassau.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giorgio Vasari ranks 76 out of 4,668Before him are Saint Valentine (226), Pope Sylvester I (300), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), Pope Gregory XIII (1502), Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (1194), and Livy (-59). After him are Pope Julius II (1443), Marcus Licinius Crassus (-115), Ennio Morricone (1928), Pope Gregory VII (1020), Pope Pius IX (1792), and Titus (41).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Giorgio Vasari ranks 9Before him are Ovid (-43), Petrarch (1304), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Horace (-65), Umberto Eco (1932), and Giacomo Casanova (1725). After him are Cato the Elder (-243), Plautus (-254), Carlo Collodi (1826), Catullus (-84), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), and Pliny the Younger (61).