Artibus et Historiae no. 64 (XXXII)2011, ISSN 0391-9064
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SERENA NOCENTINI - New Documents on Giorgio Vasari’s House in Arezzo
“Di Giorgio Vasari e delle sue pitture che sono in Arezzo” is an unpublished manuscript dated around 1834, drawn up by the painter Raimondo Zaballi who documented Vasari’s work preserved in the city. Of particular interest is the detailed description of the paintings by Giorgio Vasari in his house of Borgo San Vito and its restoration work carried out by the same Zaballi in 1827.
Linking this to some unpublished source documents kept in the Vasari Archive and reviewing the critical success of the paintings in his Arezzo home, proposals are put forward on the dating of the paintings in the Camera delle Muse and in the Room of Fame and the Arts. Likely, in this last room there existed a pictorial decoration from the period preceding Vasari, dating from the first half of the seventeenth century, not attributable to Zaballi. The paper concludes with an unprecedented and unusual discovery of a date on a detail of the frescoes in the Sala del Trionfo e della Virtù.