2389. But before we proceed, one last anecdote deserves mention, and it is about Giotto. It is said that when he was an apprentice he painted a fly on his master’s painting, and the master tried repeatedly to brush it away. Some critics of Vasari use this incident to prove that Vasari was not accurate, because the same incident is referred to in ancient literature pertaining to another apprentice and master from a former time.
2390. On the contrary, the fact that it can be shown to have happened at an earlier date goes to show how accurate Vasari is, because he too was an apprentice at one time, and therefore knows that flies have been painted on master’s paintings for time immoral, ending only once painting became irrelevant, and there were no more masters nor apprentices in this world.
2391. So the Duck concluded his explanations of the anecdotes from the biographies of Vasari. I found these explanations so interesting that I asked the Duck if he wouldn’t tell us something about the mural restorer who was the one who told him this information in the first place. What follows is the Duck’s answer to my question.