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Arezzo. The City of Vasari

A journey through routes and exhibitions, structured in 10 shows featuring monumental works and rare documents, highlighted in new thematic displays, to paint a picture of the life and artistic activity of Giorgio Vasari in his hometown, on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of his death.

 

“Arezzo. The City of Vasari” is the title of the project that will connect museums, libraries, and archives in Arezzo to celebrate the painter, architect, and art historian who became a symbol of the multifaceted genius of the Late Renaissance. An artistic geography to discover an urban organism full of suggestions, capable of evoking the context in which one of the leading figures of the 16th century lived and worked, in relation to the city where he was born and chose to settle with his wife Niccolosa Bacci, its surroundings, and the broader historical and cultural scope he interpreted.
Hence the project to connect, as on a map, the Arezzo City Library, the Ivan Bruschi House Museum, the Fraternita dei Laici, the Municipal Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, the “Gaius Cilnius Maecenas” National Archaeological Museum, the National Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, the Vasari House Museum, the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, the State Archive, and the Museo Orodautore, to bring new prominence to the Vasari works and documents preserved in different locations through targeted signs and dossier exhibitions, emphasizing the importance the city had in Vasari’s human and artistic experience.
Not just exhibitions: alongside the exhibition schedule, there will be collateral initiatives ranging from concerts, guided tours, to literary events, touching every form of art to reflect the way Vasari was a master in every artistic field.

Jacopo Zucchi, Portrait of Giorgio Vasari, 1571/74 – Uffizi Gallery, Florence
© By permission of the Ministry of Culture, reproduction prohibited

PER GLORIA DELL’ARTE ET HONOR DEGLI ARTEFICI
Giorgio Vasari as an Artist and Writer
curated by Elisa Boffa
Biblioteca Città di Arezzo
04 May 2024 / 07 July 2024

 

Within the spaces of the Municipal Library, an exhibition of some of the bibliographic treasures preserved in its catalog – ancient texts, prints, and manuscripts – which document, in five dedicated sections, the origins of the family and the education of the young Vasari, his work as an architect and painter, and the various editions of his most famous literary work, “The Lives”.

THE VASARI ‘VASAI’ AND THE AREZZO CERAMIC PRODUCTION IN ANCIENT TIMES
curated by Maria Gatto
National Archaeological Museum Gaio Cilnio Mecenate
12 June 2024 / 02 February 2025

 

Following the literary trace of the life of Giorgio di Lazzaro Taldi, the exhibition will retrace the connections of the Vasari family with the fortune of that ancient manufacture, from which, among other things, the surname derives. An opportunity to visit the recent setup of the room dedicated to the famous terra sigillata vases, rich in ornaments and mythological themes, with a special section illustrating the connections between the pottery activity practiced by the grandfather and the Arretine vases.

HONORATA E GRATIOSA
The Loggia of Giorgio Vasari
curated by Francesca Chieli
Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici
June 2024 / February 2025

 

A journey that illustrates, through a wide corpus of documents, the genesis and development of one of the most important architectural projects for Arezzo, the Vasari Loggias, as well as other valuable testimonies about the artist’s life, including his birth certificate and letters of commission, resolutions, and payment records.

GIORGIO VASARI. IL TEATRO DELLE VIRTÙ
curated by Cristina Acidini with the collaboration of Alessandra Baroni
Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
October 2024 / February 2025

 

A major international exhibition that will bring to Arezzo works from important international collections, with the aim of highlighting the heritage of sacred and profane inventions leveraged by Vasari for the glory of Grand Duke Cosimo I, his patron from 1550 until his death. On display – following the theme of profane and sacred allegory – will be painted panels and drawings by Giorgio Vasari and contemporary artists and collaborators who practiced the same expressive line, along with letters, manuscripts, and printed volumes from the Vasari Archive. Highly symbolic artifacts will not be missing, representing the evocative potential of allegory, in particular the Chimera, an extraordinary Etruscan bronze found in Arezzo in 1535.

SI È MANGIATO ALTRO CHE PANE E MESSER GIORGIO
Critical Fortunes and New Research on the Peducci Banner
curated by Serena Nocentini
Museo Diocesano
July 2024 / February 2025

 

Starting from the processional banner painted by Vasari in 1549 for the Company of San Giovanni Battista dei Peducci, consisting of two exquisitely painted canvases depicting the Preaching of the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus, the capabilities of Vasari as a painter are illustrated through archival documents and comparison with unpublished canvases preserved in the Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla.

BUILDING A SELF-IMAGE: GIORGIO VASARI THROUGH HIS PAPERS
curated by Ilaria Marcelli
Archivio di Stato
September 2024 / February 2025

 

A documentary exhibition displaying the papers related to the artist’s family and the correspondence with Grand Duke Cosimo I, both unified by Vasari’s desire to influence the memory that contemporaries and future generations would have of his persona and work.

IL DISEGNO FU LO IMITARE IL PIÙ BELLO DELLA NATURA
The House, the Drawings, the Ideas: Giorgio Vasari and the Image of the Intellectual Architect
curated by Rossella Sileno and Emanuela Ferretti
Museo di Casa Vasari
September 2024 / February 2025

 

The artist’s historic home becomes the setting for an exhibition enriched by drawings and sculptures that highlight two aspects, distinct yet closely connected: the figure of the intellectual artist and the theme of architecture in Vasari’s pictorial work.

ALCUNA COSA FUOR DELL’USO COMUNE
The Banquet for the Wedding of Esther and Ahasuerus by Giorgio Vasari
curated by Luisa Berretti
Museo d’Arte Medievale e Moderna
October 2024 / February 2025

 

In the palace that was once owned by the Ciocchi del Monte family, now home to the MNAMM, one of the artist’s most magnificent works is displayed: the oil painting on wood depicting the third of the four banquets narrated in the Book of Esther, commissioned in July 1548 by Don Giovanni Benedetto da Mantova, abbot of the Monastery of Sante Flora e Lucilla in Arezzo. Accompanying the monumental painting will be preparatory drawings, documents, and findings from its restoration, highlighting the beautiful details of the work.

TRIBUTE TO VASARI
curated by Giuliano Centrodi
Museo Orodautore
January 2025

 

The Museo Orodautore will pay tribute to Vasari by inviting 15-20 jewelers and designers, with a particular focus on those from the local area, to design a piece of jewelry or an ornament “thinking of Vasari,” and to have it crafted either by companies from the Arezzo Gold District or by jewelers with their own workshops. The crafted items will then be displayed in an exhibition titled “… I turned to the goldsmith. Tribute to Vasari.”

GOLD. TREASURE, BEAUTY, LIGHT, LIFE
Filippo Rossi Solo Exhibition
curated by Monsignor Timothy Verdon
Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici
2024, date to be defined

 

In the year of the Vasari celebrations, Filippo Rossi, an artist who also has a background in art history, presents a solo exhibition on a theme close to the history and current affairs of the people of Arezzo, Gold, viewed from both material and aesthetic perspectives as well as theological and cosmic ones.

Information

Contacts:
Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo
vasari450@fondazioneguidodarezzo.com

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WHEN

from May 2024 to February 2025

WHERE

Arezzo
Historic center

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