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Francesca Lombardi

July 17, 2015

The not-to-miss exhibition of this Summer in Florence

In Florence from classic to modern art

The Uffizi Gallery dedicates the Summer to celebrating Piero di Cosimo (1462-1522). ‘Florentine’ Eccentric Painter Between The Reinassance and Mannerism. (until the 27th of September). Despite his numerous sacred and secular paintings kept in museums and collections all over the world, Piero di Cosimo, eccentric genius of the Renaissance in Florence, is nearly unknown by people.

The son of blacksmith Lorenzo, Pietro completed his apprenticeship in the workshop of painter Cosimo Rosselli, entering the artistic world in the years when Lorenzo il Magnifico was ruling Florence excellent painters were then active in the city, from Botticelli to Filippino Lippi, from Ghirlandaio to Leonardo da Vinci- and equally extraordinary works of art by Flemish masters came to Florence from the Flanders. In that cultural complex environment, Piero elaborated a very original style, focused on an attentive examination of nature.

Carlo Dolci (30 giugno - 15 novembre).
This exhibition -which will be held in the White Hall and in the adjacent rooms of the Palatine Gallery- wants to celebrate the artistic genius of Carlo Dolci (1616-1687), the most important painter of the 17th century, whose works of art are kept for the greatest part in the most famous Italian public collections and in many international museums. A textbook exhibition aimed at casting light, through a selection of over seventy paintings personally signed by the artist, on the beauty and the uniqueness of this master’s paintings, from his early first works to the masterpieces of his maturity.

Fashion is all about blue, and the same is true for art: still inside the Polo Museale Fiorentino, the exhibition Lapis Lazuli. Magic Of Blue (until the 1st of October) at the Argenti Museum.
The first exhibition ever dedicated to this specific theme, showing the passion for this precious stone and its use in science and arts from its origin to nowadays.
It was only in the 20th century, after centuries characterized by a series of alternating events, that the lapis lazuli was given back its aristocratic value: in 1956, French artist Yves Klein created a particular shade of blue, very deep, using a synthetic ultramarine pigment combined with an artificial resin. This color, nearly perfectly similar to the blue pigment used to paint the clothing of the Virgin Mary during the Renaissance, became famous as International Klein Blue (IKB).

At the Ferragamo Museum, the exhibition A Palace and The City celebrates the history of Palazzo Spini Ferroni.
The year of the 150th anniversary since Florence was made Capital of Italy becomes the best occasion to dedicate an exhibition to the palace that was made the seat of the city hall during the 19th century after it had been a private property for centuries – its first owner was Geri Spini, financial consultant of Pope Boniface VIII, who built it to express the power of his family. During the 20th century it was purchased by Salvatore Ferragamo, and it started to host art studios, fashion ateliers and famous art galleries.

For those who still have to visit it, the exhibition The Language Of Flowers at the Gucci Museum has been extended until the 20th September. Dedicated to one of the fashion icons of the Gucci maison, Flora, and curated by Martin Bethenod, the exhibition collects the works of four artists – completed between 1967 and 2012- who play with the iconography of flowers, a theme that is more complex than it seems. On show the works by Irving Penn, Latifa Echakhch, Marlene Dumas and Valerie Belin.

Until the 26th of July, the rooms of the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina at Palazzo Strozzi will host the collective exhibition Also Sculptures Die: a reflection of the meaning, the possibilities and the latest experimentations of contemporary sculpture through the works and the latest productions by thirteen Italian and international artists -among the most famous we remember Francesco Arena, Giorgio Andreotta Calò Michael E. Smith Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Oscar Tuazon. We have then to wait for the next wonderful exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi Divine Beauty from Van Gogh and Chagall to Fontana (from the 24th of September). Which will analyze and contextualize the works of art produced over a century, between the eighties of the 19th century to 1950, the Holy Year. 


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