Giorgio Vasari

Italian Mannerist art historian, painter and man


Bartolommeo Bandinelli (1493-1560) Italian Mannerist painter, draughtstman and sculptor

Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) Italian Mannerist painter

Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) Italian High Renaissance painter

Michelangelo (1475-1564) Florentine High Renaissance military engineer, sculptor, painter, architect and poet


Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) Florentine Mannerist sculptor, goldsmith, draughtstman, flautist, soldier, writer and poet

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Francesco de' Rossi Italian Mannerist painter


Michelangelo (1475-1564) Florentine High Renaissance military engineer, sculptor, painter, architect and poet

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Michelangelo (1475-1564) Florentine High Renaissance military engineer, sculptor, painter, architect and poet


July 5

on Friday

The feast of San Giovanni was kept, not having been kept on the actual day, and perambulating shows went about, and there was a procession; the palio(1) was also run, and there were girandole and spiritegli and giganti(2) and many fine things, as if it had been the real day.

(1) The palio was actually the prize for which the races were so called were run, and consisted of a costly piece of drapery of velvet or silk, which was displayed at the winning-post. The famous palio of San Giovanni is mentioned by several historians as having taken place in the thirteenth century; the race was run from the Porta alla Croce to the Porta al Prato; and the prize was originally of scarlet velvet, and later of scarlet silk. (Trans.)

(2) The edifizi (shows mounted on carts) were platforms on wheels, upon which figures were placed, representing scriptural, mythological or other subjects, and sometimes short scenes were enacted. At the present time, on the day of San Giovanni, the band plays in the evening, mounted on a similar platform on wheels. (Trans.) Girandole were platforms covered with rockets and wheels of fire, which took the form of shops, houses, etc. Spiritegli were people on stilts, who admidst the dense crowd appeared to be walking in the air, over the heads of the rest, like spirits. Giganti were men with their feet bound to high stilts, who wore masks and were dressed up to appear like giants; they supported themselves on poles made to resemble walking-sticks (Vasari, Lives of the Painters). (Trans.)

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.


August 22

on Wednesday

50 years, 2 months later

By a deliberation of the Signory, we are informed that the marble had been brought to Florence about three years earlier, and that Michelangelo now received instructions, couched in the highest terms of compliment, to proceed with a group of two figures until its accomplishment. If Vasari can be trusted, Michelangelo made numerous designs and models for the Cacus, but afterwards changed his mind, and thought that he would extract from the block a Samson triumphing over two prostrate Philistines. The evidence for this change of plan is not absolutely conclusive.

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.
Sunrise in Florence was at 5:58 AM and sunset was at 6:05 PM.

Source: Primary

Symonds, John Addington: "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", Modern Library (New York), p.281


4 months, 12 days later

Giorgio Vasari visits Rome.

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21 years, 5 days later

Giorgio Vasari publishes his 'Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects', the first book of art history scholarship. It features a prominent chapter on Michelangelo, who is still alive at this point.

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