Giorgio Vasari The Book of Drawings – The fate of a mythical collection
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In Florence in 1568, Giorgio Vasari publishes the second version of the Lives of the Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, a work destined to lay the foundations of the historiography of Italian Renaissance art. In it continually cities a "Book of Drawings"-the graphic reflection of his literary Lives-in which he had assembled the most beutiful sheets of the masters whose biographies and artworks he describes.