The Klesch Collection is honoured to have this painting by Giorgio Vasari on view in The National Gallery, London, on a long-term loan.
Vasari is most renowned for his book, Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1550), a series of artist biographies which have formed the conceptual foundation of modern art history, yet he was also gifted as a painter. In his art, Vasari was heavily influenced by his friend Michelangelo (1475-1564), of which this Allegory of Patience is a prime example. The Klesch Collection is delighted to announce that the fascinating story on how Vasari conceived this painting with Michelangelo’s aid is now published in Vasari, Michelangelo and the Allegory of Patience (2020), authored by Prof. Carlo Falciani, the renowned Florentine art historian. This publication is the first of, what we expect to be, many in-depth publications on paintings from the collection.
This book recounts the exciting rediscovery of this work and how it quickly became famous and numerous copies were made, permeating the visual culture of Florence and beyond. This book carries full documentation of the work and its known copies, some of which can be traced to leading patrons in Renaissance Italy.
Vasari, Michelangelo and the Allegory of Patience is available for purchase here, in both English and Italian.
Below you can view National Gallery’s Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research, and Matthias Wivel, Curator of 16th-century Italian paintings, in conversation with prof. Carlo Falciani about our painting and the book.