Giorgio Vasari

Self Portrait of Giorgio VasariThough born in Arezzo in 1511, Giorgio Vasari became a prominent Florentine, having been sent to study art in Florence at the age of 16. He is known somewhat less for his art than for his involvement in Medici affairs and his work in art history, particularly his work Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, from Cimabue to Our Times.

He died in Florence in June 1574.