14-15 octobre 2011 à Florence

Giorgio Vasari and the Birth of the Museum

Giorgio VASARI, Façade, 1560, Galerie des offices, Florence (source : WGA).
Giorgio VASARI, Façade, 1560, Galerie des offices, Florence (source : WGA).

14-15 October 2011 (500th Anniversary of Birthday, 30 July 1511)

ex-chiesa S. Jacopo in Campo Corbolini, Florence


Giorgio Vasari has been extensively studied as a biographer of artists, historian of art, theorist of art, painter, architect, courtier to Cosimo I, ringleader for the inauguration of the Florentine Academy of Design, and collector of drawings. All of these activities had a substantial impact on the formation of museums in Early Modern Europe and their subsequent development. Perhaps no other 16th century artist and intellectual could boast such a broad and longstanding influence, though his precise contribution to this museological discourse has not been addressed in any sustained way. This conference seeks to fill this gap by bringing together scholars of Giorgio Vasari and scholars of historical museology.


14 October 2011

9.30 Opening Remarks :

Fabrizio Guarducci, President, (Instituto Lorenzo de’ Medici), Cristina Scaletti, (Assessore alla Cultura per la Regione Toscana), Maia Wellington Gahtan, (Director, MA Museum Studies).


10.00-12.00 Vasari’s Collections

Chair : Cristina De Benedictis, (Università degli Studi di Firenze)


Alessandro Cecchi, (Galleria Palatina), "Decorazione e collezioni nelle case del Vasari di Arezzo e Firenze".

Anna Forlani Tempesti, (Università degli Studi di Bologna), "Vasari e il Libro dei Disegni: un Museo Cartaceo o Galleria Portatile".

Maia Wellington Gahtan, Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici-Marist College), "Collecting with a Purpose: Vasari and Paper Memorials".

Nadia Cannata, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza), "Vasari, Paolo Giovio and Portrait Collections".

Lunch Break


14.30-16.30 Vasari’s Exhibitions

Chair : Alessandro Nova, (Kunsthistorisches Institut)


Andrea Galdy, (Collecting & Display, The Institute of Historical Research, London), "Vasari, Exhibitor of Art: Vasari and Medici Collections".

Henk van Veen, University of Groningen), "Vasari’s Quartieri in Palazzo Vecchio and his Ragionamenti: the Museological Dimension".

Rick Scorza, (London), "Vasari, Borghini and Papal Portraits".

Claudia Conforti, (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata), "Giorgio Vasari, Architetto: la Galleria degli Uffizi".

16.30 Coffee


15 October 2011

9.30-10.30 Roundtable Discussion : Joseph Alsop’s The Rare Art Traditions Revisited

Moderator : Shreve Simpson, (Baltimore, MD)

Participants : Nadia Cannata, Andrea Galdy, Elizabeth Pilliod, Monica Preti-Hamard, Rick Scorza, Henk van Veen, Ingrid Vermeulen.


10.30 Coffee


11.30-12.30 Vasari’s Museological Concepts and their Afterlife

Chair : Catherine Monbeig-Goguel, (C.N.R.S., Musée du Louvre, Paris).


Donatella Pegazzano, (Università degli Studi di Firenze), "Giorgio Vasari, Roma e i Primi Allestimenti delle Collezioni Medicee. Modelli e Conseguenze".

Tommaso Casini, (Libera Università di Lingue e Communicazione-IULM, Milano), "Gallerie di Ritratti, Biografie di Artisti e la Nascita delle Accademie e dei Musei".


Lunch Break


14.30-16.30 Vasari’s Museological Concepts and their Afterlife

Chair : Catherine Monbeig-Goguel, (C.N.R.S., Musée du Louvre, Paris).


Luigi Zangheri, (Università degli Studi di Firenze and Director, Accademia delle Arti del Disegno),"L’Accademia Fiorentina del Disegno e le sue Conseguenze Museologiche".

Ingrid R. Vermeulen, (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), "Paper Museums and the Multimedia Practice of Art History. The case of Stefano Mulinari’s Storia Pratica (1778) in the Uffizi"

Monica Preti-Hamard, (Musée du Louvre), "Concetti Vasariani nell’Allestimento dei Musei Nazionali Francesi".

Elizabeth Pilliod, (Princeton), "Exclusion and Inclusion in Vasari’s Vite: Collecting and the Art Market".


17.00 Concluding Remarks Cristina Acidini, (Polo Museale Fiorentino).

Appel à contribution associé à l'annonce de colloque

A ce colloque consacré à Giorgio Vasari et la naissance du musées seront associées deux publications, l'une en italien et l'autre en anglais. L’organisatrice des rencontres a lancé un appel à publication pour le second ouvrage :


Dear Colleagues,

I would like alert your attention to our program’s first academic conference. I hope that some of you will be able to come. Also we will be producing versions of the acts in two languages, the Italian one rather exactly replicating the conference while the English one will be  its own book and may contain at least a handful of papers on themes not represented here (for example, restoration, the impact of Vasari’s schools on German or English museums etc…) so if any of you happen now to be working on a highly relevant topic not represented in the program below, we would be happy to consider an essay proposal for inclusion.

In this case, please send a 500-700 word abstract and CV to mgahtan@lorenzodemedici.it. We are expecting to publish the English book with Ashgate. Please understand that we may only add a few essays.


Maia Gahtan
Program Director, MA Museum Studies
Marist-LdM-Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi-Università di Firenze


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