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MHS&M -Book Group: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art

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Learn about the book and the man, Giorgio Vasari, credited with inventing the field of art history in 1550 with his book Lives of Artists.

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"Lives Lived" is the focus of our History Book Group this year.

In The Collector of Lives by Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney, we learn about the achievements of Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574), a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar, best known for his new genre of artist biography entitled the Lives of the Artists (1550). He championed Florentine artists and set the standards by which the “Renaissance” would be understood as an Italian invention. He was also an accomplished architect and designed the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the “Vasari Corridor” an elevated passageway that connects Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti.

This session's leader is Kyna Hamill, a volunteer with MHSM and is the Director of the Core Curriculum at Boston University. She runs a “Core in Florence” program each winter for students.

Co-sponsored by the Medford Historical Society & Museum and the Friends of the Medford Public Library.

Copies of the book are available at the Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library Call 781-395-7950 for more information.

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