About the book
In celebration of Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) 500th anniversary of his birth, it is appropriate to honor modern scholars, in particular, Einar Rud (1892 - c.1980), who was the first to view Vasari as an art historian and writer. Vasari's intellectual curiousity, enthusiasm and artistic ability made it possible for him to put forth a new perspective on art. This art expresses a concern for success, a fascination for the antique, and a delight for virtuosity depicted in his religious and secular paintings, and is also revealed in his writings. Vasari's humanistic role combines the examination of artistic pursuit and practical undertakings with intellectual and cultural endeaors, thus establishing the path of the art historian.