Giorgio Vasari


June 12, 2024 / February 2, 2025

The Vasari ‘vasai’

and the Arezzo ceramic production in ancient times

curated by Maria Gatto

National Archaeological Museum Gaio Cilnio Mecenate
via Margaritone, 10
The exhibition dedicated to Vasari is located within the museum itinerary
Opening hours

from Monday to Saturday
9:00 AM – 7:30 AM
Sundays and public holidays
9:00 AM – 2:00 AM

 

First Sunday of the month
9:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Museum ticket office

Regular / € 6,00
Reduced / € 2,00
Free admission

Online ticket office

Regular / € 9,00
(€ 6,00 + € 3,00 commission fee)
Reduced / € 5,00
(€ 2,00 + € 3,00 commission fee)
Free admission
(+ € 3,00 commission fee)

(You will be redirected to the online ticket office of discoverarezzo.com, the official tourism portal of Arezzo)

The origin of the name “Vasari” lies with Giorgio di Lazzaro, who was a “vasaro” (potter) by trade and rediscovered the methods of the red color of Arretina vasa

The National Archaeological Museum of Arezzo is participating in the celebrations for the 450th anniversary of Giorgio Vasari’s death by narrating, through literary references, documents, and artifacts, the connections between the author of Lives and the antiquities of his land. Among these, the Aretine vases and the Chimera hold a prominent place. These are high-quality products of local craftsmanship, refined in technique and cultured in iconographic inspirations, in which Vasari recognized the expression of the Etruscan manner.
The first part of the exhibition allows visitors to enter the world of the Arretina vasa and appreciate them from Vasari’s perspective. These tableware ceramics, typical of Roman Arezzo and extraordinarily popular in ancient times, were part of Giorgio’s experience in two ways: on the one hand, like all Aretines, he was a direct and admiring witness to their continuous discovery in the many city construction sites; on the other hand, his knowledge of the beautiful red vases was mediated by family memories.
The exhibition, small but rich in insights and references, explains the origin of the name “Vasari” and recounts, paraphrasing a passage from the Life of the Ancestor Lazzaro, the extraordinary events of his grandfather Giorgio di Lazzaro, a “vasaro” (potter) and an archaeologist ante litteram, who, thanks to the Aretine vases, established an early precious contact with the Medici family.
The exhibition also provided an opportunity to deepen historical and archaeological research on the site of Carcerelle, on the western outskirts of the city, where the productive vocation highlighted by Giorgio di Lazzaro’s early investigations is confirmed. Here, there is also a small preview of ongoing studies by the University of Molise on the Aretine ceramics of the Gorga collection.
The exhibition concludes with an invitation to search for references to the rich iconographic repertoire attested on the coral-colored vases decorated in relief in Vasari’s paintings.

Exhibition / The Vasari ‘Potters’

Archaeological Museum

Roman Amphitheatre

June 12, 2024 / February 2, 2025

The Vasari ‘vasai’

and the Arezzo ceramic production in ancient times

curated by Maria Gatto

National Archaeological Museum Gaio Cilnio Mecenate
via Margaritone, 10
Museum entrance and visit to the room dedicated to Vasari
Opening hours

from Monday to Saturday
9:00 AM – 7:30 AM
Sundays and public holidays
9:00 AM – 2:00 AM

 

First Sunday of the month
9:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Museum ticket office

Regular / € 6,00
Reduced / € 2,00
Free admission

Online ticket office

Regular / € 9,00
(€ 6,00 + € 3,00 commission fee)
Reduced / € 5,00
(€ 2,00 + € 3,00 commission fee)
Free admission
(+ € 3,00 commission fee)

(You will be redirected to the online ticket office of discoverarezzo.com, the official tourism portal of Arezzo)

The origin of the name “Vasari” lies with Giorgio di Lazzaro, who was a “vasaro” (potter) by trade and rediscovered the methods of the red color of Arretina vasa

The National Archaeological Museum of Arezzo is participating in the celebrations for the 450th anniversary of Giorgio Vasari’s death by narrating, through literary references, documents, and artifacts, the connections between the author of Lives and the antiquities of his land. Among these, the Aretine vases and the Chimera hold a prominent place. These are high-quality products of local craftsmanship, refined in technique and cultured in iconographic inspirations, in which Vasari recognized the expression of the Etruscan manner.
The first part of the exhibition allows visitors to enter the world of the Arretina vasa and appreciate them from Vasari’s perspective. These tableware ceramics, typical of Roman Arezzo and extraordinarily popular in ancient times, were part of Giorgio’s experience in two ways: on the one hand, like all Aretines, he was a direct and admiring witness to their continuous discovery in the many city construction sites; on the other hand, his knowledge of the beautiful red vases was mediated by family memories.
The exhibition, small but rich in insights and references, explains the origin of the name “Vasari” and recounts, paraphrasing a passage from the Life of the Ancestor Lazzaro, the extraordinary events of his grandfather Giorgio di Lazzaro, a “vasaro” (potter) and an archaeologist ante litteram, who, thanks to the Aretine vases, established an early precious contact with the Medici family.
The exhibition also provided an opportunity to deepen historical and archaeological research on the site of Carcerelle, on the western outskirts of the city, where the productive vocation highlighted by Giorgio di Lazzaro’s early investigations is confirmed. Here, there is also a small preview of ongoing studies by the University of Molise on the Aretine ceramics of the Gorga collection.
The exhibition concludes with an invitation to search for references to the rich iconographic repertoire attested on the coral-colored vases decorated in relief in Vasari’s paintings.

Exhibition / The Vasari ‘Potters’

Archaeological Museum

Roman Amphitheatre

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