Tuscan artists' insight: Giorgio Vasari | Senza categoria

Vasari autoritrattoGiorgio Vasari (Arezzo, July 30, 1511 – Florence, June 27, 1574) was a painter, architect and art historian Italian. He was strongly influenced by Michelangelo and Andrea del Sarto and a had a prominent role in Florentine artistic and cultural context of the XVI century.

His artistic training was composite, based on the first mannerism, Michelangelo, Raphael, and of the Venetian culture. As an architect, he was the key figure of the initiatives promoted by Cosimo I de ‘Medici, among which the construction of the Uffizi, the restructuring of Palazzo Vecchio and much more.

As an architect  in Florence his namen is linked to the Loggia he built for the Uffizi gallery by the Arno river, which he conceived to function as a public square for Florentines, and which, if considered as a short street, is unique as a Renaissance street with a unified architectural treatment. The view of the Loggia from the Arno reveals that, with the Vasari Corridor, it is one of very few structures that line the river which are open to the river itself and appear to embrace the riverside environment.

Firenze-interno_duomoFor the Medici Family he also built the long passage, now called Vasarian Corridor (which was enclosed to protect the members of the Medici Family on their way to their residence) which connects the Uffizi with the Pitti Palace on the other side of the river.

As a painter,  in Florence his name  is  mainly associated to the frescoes of the Cupola di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo Cathedral) which  he commenced in 1572 but was not able to complete due to his death in 1574.

Despite the artistic contributions, Vasari is also well known for his work  “The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects” , a biographical work he dedicated to Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, which was first published in 1550. This work is not only useful in order to get news about the lives of most of the artists of the period, but it is also the first time that the term “Renaissance” is used in print, though the awareness of the ongoing “rebirth” in the arts that was flourishing and spreading from central Italy, in particular from Florence.

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Tuscan artists' insight: Giorgio Vasari | Senza categoria

To-do in Florence: Chocolate Fair 2014

galilei-valentinechocolateValentine’s Day is coming and there is no better idea than to celebrate it with excellent chocolate in one of the most romantic cities in the world ..

Florence can offer all of this with a special event totally dedicated to sweetness : the Chocolate Fair 2014!

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Chocolate pralines,  sweets,  hot chocolate and many other sweet surprises await you in the wonderful setting of Piazza Santa Maria Novella, where the 10th edition of the sweetest fair of the year will be held, with  chocolate exhibitors, cooking shows and special events enhanced by the presence of famous Maîtres chocolatiers.

The fair will be open from 10am to 10pm with free admission (only on Sunday 16th the fair will close at 8pm)

galilei-cioccolateriaAll information can be found on the official website of the fair at the following links: – chocolate fair 2014

Why not experiencing the production of refined sweets and pastries nder the guidance of our professional chefs with our cooking classes? Or rely on our professors for our art history and our history of Florence courses to discover the treasures of Santa Maria Novella and other beautiful churches in Florence while enjoying a hot chocolate ?