LdM Museology Reviews


Università degli Studi di Firenze

Donatello and Verrocchio, Rediscovered Masterpieces

By Caterina Zaru (University of Florence) translated by Rachyl Grussing (Lorenzo de’ Medici) The new Works of the Duomo Museum hosts until 26 February 2017 Donatello and Verrocchio, Rediscovered Masterpieces. Indeed, the show presents two grand rediscoveries of the two of the great artists of 14th century Florence: the terracotta bust representing Saint Lawrence, attributed to Donatello, and a Read On

Discoveries and Massacres, writings of the artist

By Maria Eletta Benedetti (University of Florence) translation by Rachyl Grussing (Lorenzo de’ Medici) Staged in the temporary exhibition rooms of the Uffizi Gallery is a show dedicated to the multifaceted figure of Ardengo Soffici (1879-1964). The show opens with The Festival of Flowers,1896-1897, which struck the young Ardengo. The second show in the exhibition introduces themes Read On

‘Ad usum fratris: Miniatures in the Laurentian Manuscripts of the Holy Cross X-XIII’ at San Lorenzo Church

By Rachyl Grussing (Lorenzo de’ Medici) The Laurentian Library, located inside the Church of San Lorenzo, contains much of the collected learning of the Medici family. The library, designed by Michelangelo in 1534 and completed by Ammanati, has previously hosted exhibitions on the manuscripts found in the collection; the most current exhibition is in a similar Read On

Real Time and the Time of Reality: Clock of the Pitti Palace from the 18th to the 20th centuries

By Rachyl Grussing (Lorenzo de’ Medici) Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Time stays long enough for anyone willing to use it’. For those who are willing, the Modern Art Gallery at the top of the Pitti Palace has a new exhibit entitled ‘Real Time and the Time of Reality: Clocks of the Pitti Palace from the Read On

Ai Wei Wei. LIBERO

By Lucrezia Caliani (University of Florence) translated by Rachyl Grussing (Lorenzo de’ Medici) Palazzo Strozzi hosts until the 22nd of next January, the largest monographic exhibition, the first in Italy, of the “most influential artist in the world”, as he was nominated in 2011 by Art Review: Ai Weiwei LIBERO. Ai Weiwei (Beijing 1957) is the son of one Read On

John Currin, paintings

Translation by Rachyl Grussing (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) The Bardini Museum in Florence, situated in the same palace since the late 1800s, was the home of the salon of the antiquarian Stefano Bardini. In this, it hosts today the personal exhibit of John Currin. Exhibited for the first time in a public Italian space, the artist Read On

The Nanni Balestrini’s “Colonne Verbali” at Museo Novecento

By Rachyl Grussing (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici) The Museo Novecento, located on the piazza del Santa Maria Novella, is dedicated to Italian art of the 20th century. It has brought one modern art exhibition, Colonne Verbali by Nanni Balestrini, outside of the museum. It can be seen by anyone and everyone going through the square. Nanni Balestrini, Read On

Museum of the Works of the Duomo

By Bethany Hucks – translation by Maria Maddalena Grossi The newly expanded Museum of the Works of the Duomo, located in Piazza del Duomo, is a model of what a modern museum should be. Cavernous vaulted ceilings, innovative mixed-media displays, and wide hallways combine to give the visitor the same sense of sacred space that they Read On

Dreams’ Prince

By Maria Maddalena Grossi – Translation by Bethant Hucks Florence and the Palazzo Vecchio give homage to the visitors from Expo 2015 (and others) with an exhibition of exceptional works that sees the reunion, after 500 years, of the magnificent tapestries commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici between 1545-1553 for the Room of the 200 in Read On

King’s Gift and Collections

By Maria Maddalena Grossi – translation by Bethany Hucks 2015 was in many ways the year of Florence. This year was the 150th anniversary of when Florence was proclaimed the capital of Italy, after Turin (1864-1871). For the occasion, the Pitti Palace has given a ‘dusting’ to the royal apartments of the Meridiana Palace and the Duchess d’Aosta, Read On

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