1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Milanesi, Gaetano

22055591911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 18 — Milanesi, Gaetano

MILANESI, GAETANO (1813–1895), Italian scholar and writer on the history of art, was born at Siena, where he studied law, and in 1838 he obtained an appointment in the public library. In 1856 he was elected member of the Accademia della Crusca, in which capacity he took part in the compilation of its famous but still unfinished dictionary, and two years later was appointed assistant keeper of the Tuscan archives, in Florence; then he took charge of the famous Medici archives, whence he collected a vast body of material on the history of Italian art, not all of which is yet published. In 1889 he became director of the archives, but retired in 1892, and died three years later. His most important publication is his edition of Vasari’s works in nine volumes, with copious and valuable notes (Florence, 1878–1885). Of his other writings the following may be mentioned: Il diario inedito di Alessandro Sozzini (in the Archivio storico Italiano, 1842); Documenti per la storia dell’ arte senese, 3 vols. (Siena, 1854–1856) and Discorsi sulla storia civile ed artistica di Siena (Siena, 1862). He also edited a number of Italian classics.

See E. Ridolli’s article in the Nuova antologia (May 15, 1895); and A. Virgili’s article in the Atti della regia Accademia della Crusca (Florence, 1898).