Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Medici ivory on show for first time ever in Florence


Rome, July 14 - The Medici family's famed
collection of ivory sculptures, carvings and assorted artworks
have been put together for the first time in a sprawling exhibit
at the palace once owned by Florence's most powerful dynasty.
On through November 3, 'Ethereal Passions' includes some
150 works, offering a candid glimpse of the mercantile giants'
breadth of acquisitions that stretched as far as Africa and Asia
throughout and beyond the Renaissance.
Ferdinando I de' Medici (1549-1609), Grand Duke of Tuscany
is credited with starting one of Europe's most spectacular ivory
collections that continued to be enriched into the several
hundreds until the decline and eventual fall of the dynasty in
the 18th century.
In terms of quality, quantity and historical significance,
the Medici collection is matched only by those of the imperial
court in Vienna and the principalities of Dresden and Monaco.
The exhibition features objects of various type, from cups
and reliefs, mythological compositions and genre scenes, to
saints, portraits of princesses and even ornamental towers.
Sections cover the 15th century, when the art of ivory
captured the attention of Lorenzo the Magnificent, then move on
to the High Renaissance and the explosion of the Baroque with
works by Flanders' and Germany's most famous sculptors of the
period, such as Leonhard Kern Francois du Quesnoy, Georg Petel
and Balthasar Permoser.

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