All posts tagged: Florence

The Bill Viola exhibit in Florence and a short video of The Deluge

From 10 March to 23 July 2017 the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi introduces Bill Viola, a significant exhibition celebrating this unchallenged master of video art, presenting works that span his long career, and which resonate with the architecture of Palazzo Strozzi. In order to create a unique experience, the exhibition will also include masterpieces of the Renaissance, such as, Pontormo, Masolino da Panicale, Paolo Uccello and Lukas Cranach.  Born in New York in 1951, Bill Viola is internationally recognised as one of the most important contemporary artists, producing video installations, sound environments and performances that offer the public profound experiences of immersion in space, image and sound. In exploring spirituality, experience and perception, Viola observes mankind itself; people, bodies and faces are the leading players in his works, with their poetic and strongly symbolic style in which man is called on to interact with such forces and opposing energies of nature as water and fire, light and dark, the cycle of life and the cycle of death and rebirth. As the artist has stated: “I am so happy to be returning to my Italian roots and …

The Diver

Suspended in the air, dynamic but still, concentrically plunges Ernesto Michahelles’ diver.  The sculpture, in patinated plaster, currently exposed at Palazzo Strozzi for the exhibition on the Thirties, is the draft for a bronze casting to be displayed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  However, the IOC asked the artist to create a smaller sculpture, 160 cm instead of the almost 3 meters of this original project, and later Thayaht himself could not afford to pay for the metal fusion. The diver’s balance and the effort are brilliantly reproduced in the work, anchored on a single pin below the hands. The metal circles are independently set as a base, and each time the sculpture is mounted, its needs to find its own balance again, its own perfect alignment. Linear artist with eclectic skills, Thayaht is a particular character in the art world. Sculptor, painter, goldsmith and fashion designer , Thayaht, was born in Florence in 1893. He grew up in his grandfather’s house at Poggio Imperiale, and his years in Paris, designed clothes for the atelier …

Firenze Vogue Fashion Night Out, © MarioLuca Giusti

Vogue’s Night Out

High heels, chic dress and sexy make-up, Firenze, yesterday evening, has had a brilliant night out. Down the streets walked, elegantly and confidently, a contemporary Florence.  Feminine, sophisticated, bright, being florentine had a rejuvenated meaning. Vogue’s all-involving event trasformed the ancient town centre in a huge party venue. Every shop participated offering champagne, Campari, nibbles and live DJ music. People browsed around, stopped to chat and catch up with old friends, went through museums, spared a glance at the Duomo, stared at Palazzo Vecchio, continued to walk about Via Tornabuoni, strolled down Via della Vigna Nuova. In Piazza Goldoni, Mario Luca Giusti’s colorful jugs transformed street works into an installation. There is not much room for usual polemics as everyone seems truly quite happy with having one glittering night off the crisis’ mood. A new energy runs through Firenze’s veins. Lively and pleasant, it has awakened the Arno’s banks solitary inhabitants and dragged them into a great open-air party. In other words, thanks to our mayor Matteo Renzi, definitely en Vogue. © Melissa Pignatelli 2012 …

Lo Studio di Pasquale Naccarato in Borgo Santi Apostoli

The Painter in Florence

He started by going to Anna Rosselli del Turco saying: “Milady, I like the shop – just off the Arno in Florence, overlooking a listed garden–  here are my savings for the first month’s rent. For the next one you’ll have to wait and hope with me my paintings sell. I think I will manage, what do you say? “. And the Lady smiled. The young painter had the idea to make a living and pay the rent by selling paintings, masterfully executed, copied from masterpieces of ancient art. He painted the sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio, portraits of Rembrandt and Van Eyck, madonnas by Guercino, seventeenth-century still lifes. Proposals that defied 21st century modernity, the one of multimedia technologies that ended paper. “Today I sold a painting, the artist told his landlord, Lemons in still life”. The Marquis, who took his sister’s place in managing property, never spoke much. Like her, he just smiled. He was almost like a patron but believed in the painter’s self-confidence. He had important work commissioned for him in …

Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Emperor of Austria

The Royal Lover

Gracefully walking down the marble staircase in a long and heavy white dress, Livia Raimondi Malfatti, moved towards her lover, His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Fine lace framed her face and neck, tight velvet suited her delicate chest and shoulders, gardenia water perfumed her soft hair. He was waiting by the door, white gloves in hand, upright in his profile, straight in a perfectly cut black coat. He looked at her, offering his arm down the last few steps. She leaned willingly. He tasted of talcum powder and freshly sprinkled cologne. A footman opened the door for them and they were driven to the theatre in a closed carriage. It’s maybe like this that evenings between the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo, and his beloved Livia Raimondi Malfatti began. They probably met late at night, after his official duties with his wife, Maria-Luisa of Spain, who gave him sixteen children. We are in the second half the Eighteenth Century. He is a powerful sovereign, she is a ballerina. He builds a …