Giorgio Vasari and the Birth of the Museum offers the first dedicated and comprehensive study of Vasari's original contributions to the making of museums, addressing the subject from the full range of aspects-collecting, installation, conceptual-historical-in which his influence is strongly felt. Uniting specialists of Giorgio Vasari with scholars of historical museology, this collection of essays presents a cross-disciplinary overview of Vasari's approaches to the collecting and display of art, artifacts, and memorabilia. Although the main focus of the book is on the mid-late 16th century, contributors also bring to light that Vasari's museology enjoyed a substantial afterlife well into the modern museum era. This volume is a fundamental addition to the museum studies literature and a welcome enhancement to the scholarly industry on Giorgio Vasari.
Contents: Preface, Maia Wellington Gahtan; Introduction: Giorgio Vasari and the birth of the museum, Maia Wellington Gahtan; Part I Vasari's Collections: Decorations and collections in Vasari's houses in Arezzo and Florence, Alessandro Cecchi; Vasari and the Libro de' disegni: a paper museum or portable gallery, Anna Forlani Tempesti; Giorgio Vasari, collector of epitaphs, Maia Wellington Gahtan. Part II Vasari and Illustrium Imagines: Giorgio Vasari, Paolo Giovio, portrait collections and the rhetorics of images, Nadia Cannata; Vasari, Borghini and Cristofano dell'Altissimo: the papal portraits in the Sala delle Carte Geografiche, Rick Scorza; Portrait galleries, biographies of artists and the birth of accademies and museums, Tommaso Casini. Part III Vasari's Exhibitions: Vasari, exhibitor of art: Medici collections of antiquities, Andrea Galdy; Giorgio Vasari, Rome and the first installations of Medici collections. Models and consequences, Donatella Pegazzano; The order, the itinerary, the beholder. Considerations on some aspects of the Ragionamenti del Sig. Cavalier Giogio Vasari, Emilie Passignat; Virtual guided museum tours: Vasari's I Ragionamenti and Bartoli's Ragionamenti accademici, Henk Th. van Veen; Giogio Vasari, architect: the Uffizi of the gallery, Claudia Conforti. Part IV Vasari's Museological Concepts and Their Afterlife: The Florentine Academy of Design and its museological consequences, Luigi Zangheri; Paper museums and the multimedia practice of art history. The case of Stefano Mulinari's 'Storia Pratica' (1778-80) in the Uffizi, Ingrid R. Vermeulen; Vasari: the territory beyond, Elizabeth Pilliod; Index; Bibliography.
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 1st March 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.2