LdM Museology Reviews

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Arno River. Source of Prosperity. Source of Destruction

Translation by Rachyl Grussing (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) Fifty years since the disastrous flood of the Arno River in Florence, and the city’s institutions remembered this painful episode of recent history through meetings, conferences, and exhibitions. One of these is found in the exhibition space on the first floor of the State Archives, through the contributions Read On

Majesty Betrayed

Translation by Rachyl Grussing (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) What is the “Majesty Betrayed”? She is a woman humiliated, mortified and subdued by her own children. She is a triumph of the feminine. It is the sculpture of rosy hues with soft and rounded shapes that will stand for some months in the Santa Maria Novella square in Florence. Read On

The End of the World

By Katherine Reaume (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) The Centro Pecci museum in Prato, recently reopened in October,  is holding its first exhibition The End of the World, curated by the director Fabio Cavallucci, which brings together a collection of over 50 international artists to make connections between multiple disciplines, including art, including music, theatre, cinema, architecture, and Read On

Museo Degli Innocenti

By Vanessa Campoli (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) In 2008 Museo Degli Innocenti took the initiative to create a more interactive museum experience. After an eight year restoration, costing 12.8 million euro, the museum reopened its doors to the public on June 23, 2016. This restoration project allowed for new technology to be added and adapted for Read On

With Juice of Herbs and Green Earth

By Rachyl Grussing (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) Santa Maria Novella, one of the oldest churches in Florence, hosts works by artists like Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, and Giorgio Vasari. These and other works are displayed inside a three room museum hosted inside the church. The three rooms: The Ubriachi Chapel, the Refectory, and the Chapter House, are Read On

Giovanni dal Ponte: Protagonist of Late Gothic Florentine Humanism

By Rachyl Grussing (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) The first monographic exhibition dedicated to early Gothic Humanism painter Giovanni dal Ponte runs from 22 November 2016 to 12 March 2017 at the Galleria dell’Accademia. The exhibition is an attempt to situate dal Ponte’s work as an important step in the movement between the late Gothic method of Read On

Masterpieces of the Villa La Quiete

By Tania Mio Bertolo  (University of Florence) and Translation by Rachyl Grussing (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) A construction site in progress. Frankly this is the sudden impression that I had when I joined the crowd of onlookers waiting at the entrance. “Masterpieces of the Villa La Quiete. Botticelli and Ridolfo Ghirlandaio on Display”, which opened on July Read On

Ai Weiwei. Libero

By Caterina Zaru (University of Florence) and translation by Rachyl Grussing (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) This exhibition offers the opportunity to know a ‘star’ of contemporary art: the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. We would like to present here a point of view not necessarily museological but didactic. The artist handles important topics, above all, the freedom of Read On

“Tales of the Whale” at the University of Florence Natural History Museum Paleontology

By Rachyl Grussing (Lorenzo de’ Medici) translated by Tania Mio Bertolo (University of Florence) In May of 2016 the University of Florence Museum of Natural History Paleontology department unveiled a new permanent exhibit. ‘Tales of a Whale’ is dedicated to one of the most important specimens in their collection, a three million year old Pliocene fossilized whale Read On

Orsanmichele Museum

By Rachyl Grussing (Lorenzo de’ Medici) translated by Tania Mio Bertolo (University of Florence) Sparse and to the point, the Orsanmichele Museum is located in the heart of picturesque downtown Florence. Dating back to the 8th century, the building was used as an open air grain market. The original loggia burnt down several times, and the building Read On

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