Vasari/500: Envisioning New Directions in Vasari Studies (Three-day symposium)
October 27 - October 29, 2011
No individual has had a greater impact on early modern art and its historiography than Giorgio Vasari—courtier and architect to Duke Cosimo de’ Medici, founder of the Florentine Accademia, and renowned author of Lives of the Artists. On the quincentennial anniversary of his birth, “Vasari/500” will bring together an international group of scholars to reassess the Tuscan artist’s central, if deeply contested, role in charting histories of the Renaissance.
Events will begin on Thursday with a plenary lecture by Alessandro Nova, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, sponsored by the Harvard Art Museums. On Friday and Saturday, featured symposium participants include Carmen Bambach, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Elizabeth Cropper, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Massimiliano Rossi, Università del Salento; and Philip Sohm, University of Toronto. For more information, please visit vasari500.haa.fas.harvard.edu.
“Vasari/500” is made possible by generous support from the Lauro De Bosis Committee and the Department of History of Art and Architecture, in collaboration with Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies; Harvard Art Museums; and the Consulate General of Italy in Boston.