The exhibition explores the problematic relationship between Giorgio Vasari and his Bolognese contemporaries

As is evident from some passages from the “Lives”, the relationship between Giorgio Vasari and the Bolognese artists was quite troublesome. He incidentally speaks about them by saying that they have “the head full of arrogance and smoke”. And talking about Michelangelo’s life he even points out that after only one year he left Bologna because he “wasted time there”.

Vasari generally reproaches Bolognese artists for their lack of knowledge about ancient classical art as source of inspiration for their works. Nonetheless his harsh criticism is destined to soften throughout the years: he for example says that if Correggio had gone away from Emilia to settle in Rome, he probably would have worked miracles. And coming to the following generation of artists, he even says words of praise about their works.

Curated by Maria Faietti and Michele Grasso, the exhibition “On Hate and Love. Giorgio Vasari and the Artists in Bologna” explores in detail such a problematic and ambiguous relationship between Vasari and the painters from Bologna in order to emphasize the emergence of new unexpected and surprising aspects. The accurate selection of drawings and paintings is on view in the Sala Edoardo Detti of the Department of Drawings and Prints of the Uffizi from 9th October to 2nd December 2018.     

The exhibition - says Director Eike Schmidt - displays the refined result of many years of studies about drawings, paintings and Vasari’s texts and works, which reveal original and so far unknown critical discoveries. It remarks the mission of the Uffizi Galleries as a high-level educational institution”.

Giorgio Vasari (Arezzo, 1511 - Firenze, 1574) Abramo nella valle di Mambre 1539-1540 pietra nera, penna e inchiostro, carta Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, Gallerie degli Uffizi, FirenzeAmico Aspertini (Bologna, 1473/1475-1552) Figura femminile inginocchiata con accanto un putto piegato su una bacinella 1540-1545 ca. penna e inchiostro, carta Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, Gallerie degli Uffizi, FirenzeGiorgio Vasari (Arezzo, 1511 - Firenze, 1574) Figura maschile 1539-1540 pietra rossa, carta Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, Gallerie degli Uffizi, FirenzeFrancesco Raibolini, detto Francesco Francia o il Francia (Bologna, 1447 ca. - 1517) Ritratto di Evangelista Scappi 1505 ca. tempera su tavola Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture, Gallerie degli Uffizi, FirenzeAmico Aspertini (Bologna, 1473/1475-1552) Ritratto di Alessandro Achillini 1515-1521 ca. olio e tempera su tela Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture, Gallerie degli Uffizi, FirenzeAmico Aspertini (Bologna, 1473/1475-1552) Adorazione dei pastori 1530-1535 ca. olio su tavola Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture, Gallerie degli Uffizi, FirenzeFrancesco Mazzola, detto il Parmigianino (Parma, 1503 - Casalmaggiore, 1540) Una fanciulla che suona una viola e due putti che giocano con un agnello 1521-1524 ca. pietra rossa, penna e inchiostro, pennello e inchiostro diluito, carta Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, Gallerie degli Uffizi, FirenzeGiorgio Vasari (Arezzo, 1511 - Firenze, 1574) Sacra conversazione 1542 ca. pietra nera, penna e inchiostro, pennello e inchiostro diluito, biacca, carta cerulea Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Firenze
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