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Author Satkowski, Leon George, 1947-

Title Giorgio Vasari : architect and courtier / Leon Satkowski ; with photographs by Ralph Lieberman
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1993]


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Description xxiv, 176 pages, 154 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents 1. The Character and Training of an Architect and a Courtier -- 2. Papal Favor: Del Monte Projects in Monte San Savino and Rome -- 3. Legitimacy: The Uffizi -- 4. Ceremonial and Refuge: The Renovation of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Corridoio -- 5. Dominion: State Power and Territorial Architecture -- 6. The Church: Religious Architecture in Arezzo and Florence -- 7. Ephemera: Gardens, Temporary Constructions, and the Myth of Medicean Magnificence -- 8. Conclusion: Style, Criticism, and Architecture at Court
Summary Incorporating Vasari's own writings and a close study of his buildings, this book places the architect squarely in the world of Palladio, Vignola, and Ammanati, and shows Vasari as their equal. In addition to the Uffizi, chapters are devoted to Vasari's Del Monte projects in Monte San Savino and Rome, the Corridoio and the renovation of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, religious architecture throughout Tuscany, and urban projects in Pisa and Arezzo that created the physical identity of Cosimo's new state. As a court architect, Vasari had few peers in the proper sense of the term
Well known for his paintings and his book The Lives of the Artists, Giorgio Vasari also served as court architect to Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici, contributing to Medicean legitimacy through such politically symbolic buildings as the Uffizi in Florence. Leon Satkowski presents the first book in any language to survey the architecture of Vasari. By focusing on the architect's service to his distinguished patrons and his collaboration with other architects, Satkowski reveals how Vasari combined imaginative design, political meaning, and a clear sense of history to create buildings so appealing to modern students of architecture
Analysis Architecture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-168) and index
Subject Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Architects and patrons -- Italy.
Architecture, Renaissance -- Italy.
Italy -- Court and courtiers.
Italy -- Courts and courtiers
Author Lieberman, Ralph.
LC no. 92046795
ISBN 0691032866 (acid-free paper)