The Vasari Project aims to explore those vast thematic spheres and organize them in accessible
didactic graphs. The progressive circles contain several categories of relations such as male and
female personalities, (painters and non-painters), as well as lists of art museums, artistic themes,
technics and others. A simple glance is enough to discover, for instance, all the museum
collections, containing the art works of a particular painter, different Wikimedia lists in which
his or her name are involved, or some unexpected cross-historical social links.
The Vasari graphs try to reveal the underlying network of multiple cultural references and
interdependences, proliferating around old masters in Wikipedia, but difficult to see directly. The
simple visual organization of voluminous quantitative information is a short path to new sights in
the field. Inspired among others by the theories of Edward Tufte, this project invites to explore
the Wikipedia dimension of Art history and its benefits to didactics and research.