A painter, an architect and an art historian - this sums up very briefly the life of Giorgio Vasari whose birth 500 years ago is being marked this year. He carried out his work primarily in Florence where he founded the Academy of Art and Design based on the fundamental principle that design is the foundation of all the arts. He is remembered mainly for his work as an art historian and his famous work, Le vite de’ più eccellenti architetti, pittori, et scultori italiani, da Cimabue insino a’ tempi nostri (Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, from Cimabue to Our Times). The text is still considered today essential for those studying the lives and works of the more than 150 artists featured. He is also remembered for his contribution as an architect in the construction of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi in Florence, as well as for some of the decorations on the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore. His paintings clearly reveal the influence Michelangelo and Raphael had on him. The aerogramme features a self-portrait of the artist while the imprint shows a detail of the Battle of Lepanto, a fresco painted by Vasari himself on display in the Sala Regia of the Vatican Museums.