Casa Vasari

Casa Vasari information

Arezzo , Italy
Address
Street Via XX Settembre 55
Prices
adult/reduced €4/2
Opening hours
9am-7pm Mon & Wed-Sat, to 1pm Sun
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Built and sumptuously decorated by the Arezzo-born painter, architect and art historian Giorgio Vasari (1511–74), this small museum is where Vasari lived and worked, and where the original manuscript of his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects (1550) – still in print under the title The Lives of the Artists – is kept.

The most important room is the Sala della Virtu (Room of Virtue), which he decorated in 1548 while writing LIves . It features episodes in the lives of the most famous painters of antiquity. Vasari's contemporaries were celebrated in the Camera della Fama e delle Art (Room of Fame and Art), where the seven portraits include Michelangelo, Andrea del Sarto and – in a display of hubris – Vasari himself.

Ring the bell to be granted entrance.