Monument to Giorgio Vasari
On July 30th 1511, the painter and architect Giorgio Vasari was born in Arezzo.
Vasari was also a writer. In 1550, he published Le Vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori, ed architettori (Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects), which has been hailed as the world's first art history textbook.
In 1911, to mark the 400th anniversary of his birth, a monument to its most famous son was erected in Palazzo delle Logge. The work of Alessandro Lazzerini, it depicts Vasari resting one hand on his magnum opus and holding his paint brushes in the other. The building in the background is Palazzo degli Uffizi in Florence, which serves to remind us that he was also an architect.
The inscription proclaims: A GIORGIO VASARI CON AFFETTO E ALTEREZZA LA PATRIA MCMXI (To Giorgio Vasari with affection and pride. The Birthplace. 1911).