From Brooklyn to the Bargello: Giovanni della Robbia, the Antinori lunette, and Stefano Arienti Until 04/08/18
After being featured in major exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Gallery in Washington between 2016 and 2017, a masterpiece that left Italy in distant 1898 arrives in Florence: the lunette with the resurrection by Giovanni della Robbia. It will be presented to the public at the National Museum of the Bargello, where the world's largest collection of glazed terracotta sculptures by the Della Robbia family is preserved. Commissioned probably around the 1520 by Niccolò di Tommaso Antinori (1454-1520), the lunette is of monumental dimensions (cm 174.6 x 364.5 x 33) and remains today one of the most notable examples of the production of Giovanni della Robbia (Florence 1469-1529). Son of Andrea with whom he continued the workshop of his grandfather Luca, Giovanni’s production was characterized by a greater decorative and chromatic exuberance, as is clearly visible in this extraordinary specimen. The lunette remained for almost four centuries in its original location, the prestigious Villa le Rose built outside the walls of Florence as a country residence and then already home of wine production. The lunette depicts the risen Christ, with the patron Antinori on his knees to his right and the soldiers around the sepulchre, according to the traditional iconography. This scene is framed by a finely detailed background of landscape and a sumptuous frame of fruits and flowers populated by small animals. The work was purchased in 1898 by Aaron Augustus Healy (1850-1921), a key character in the Brooklyn of the end of the 19th century. Important businessman, president of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences for twenty-five years, but also an experienced collector and generous patron, Healy brought the lunette to New York to donate it to the Brooklyn museum. Today, he “accompanies” it to Florence, with a spectacular presence “in effigy”: Another masterpiece borrowed from the same American museum is in fact the portrait of Aaron Augustus Healy painted in 1907 by John Singer Sargent (Florence 1856 – London 1925) a cosmopolitan and exceptionally successful artist, one of the most popular portraitists in the high society of the European and American capitals of the time.
In 2016, Marchesi Antinori generously financed the complex restoration of the lunette in the workshops of the Brooklyn Museum in anticipation of the exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Thus, a singular historical convergence has been created, a suggestive continuity of patronage and protection exerted by the Antinori family through the centuries, renewed further in this exceptional and temporary return to Italy, as Marchesi Antinori also supports this Florentine initiative. The event will place a spotlight on an extraordinary masterpiece little known by the Italian and European public, after almost 120 years from its overseas transfer. Simultaneously, the second space will host a work by Stefano Arienti, one of the most appreciated Italian artists in the international arena. The work, under the title “Fixed Scene,” reinterprets Della Robbia sculpture, giving rise to an unexpected dialogue between Renaissance and contemporary art. This creation, conceived with as a site-specific project, is part of the Antinori Art Project, which takes its impulse from the idea of creating a natural continuation of the activity of collecting, continuing a tradition of the family that today turns towards the arts and artists of our time.
The National Museum of Sculpture
The Bargello palace was built in 1255 by the people of Florence as a symbol of their victory over the nobility, and was the site for the people's government and jurisdiction. The former fortress and arsenal now holds a superb collection of sculpture, one of the most important in all of Italy. Discover works from influential Tuscan sculptors of the 14th to the 16th century, and especially brilliant works by Cellini, della Robbia, Giambologna, Donatello, and Michelangelo.
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The Bargello palace was built in 1255 by the Fazione del Popolo (People's Guard) as fortress and arsenal to hold out against the noble families of Florence. In 1865 a superb collection of sculpture from the Florentine Renaissance and an assembly of small renaissance bronzes was installed, including works of art by Michelangelo, Donatello, Cellini, and Giambologna.
The walls of the medieval courtyard are decorated with the armorial symbol of the Podestà, the highest magistrate of the city of Florence,and with sculptures from the 16th century, including the Oceano by Giambologna which was once at home in the Boboli gardens. A well stands in the center of the courtyard, where executions were once held.
As you enter the first room from the courtyard, you'll discover masterpieces by Michelangelo, such as the Tondo Pitti and the Bacco, and many other mythological sculptures.
On the ground floor, there are works of art by Cellini and Giambologna, including his Mercurio (Mercury) and Firenze vittoriosa su Pisa (Florence's victory over Pisa).
On the first floor, you will find the Salone del Consiglio (Council Hall), characterized by its high ceiling, once the tribunal hall. Here, you will see some of the finest works of Donatello such as his marble sculpture of the youthful David, and the sculpture of Saint George, carved for and once part of the external walls of the Orsanmichele church. You'll also see Donatello's later, much-discussed bronze David.
On this floor you can visit the Ivory Room with the Carrand collection, 265 pieces that may be dated between the 5th and 17th century, including diptychs, ceramic tiles, reliquaries. The second room houses the Bargello safe with precious wrought iron decorations. From this room you enter the chapel of Maria Magdalena with the vestry of the Sacristy, where the condemned awaited their death. The religious paintings on the wall are by Giotto's school. In the Islamic room you can take a glance at oriental carpets and examples of Damascene bronze, some from the grand-ducal collections. The museum also displays rare wooden sculptures and Venetian glass, as well as an important collection of maiolica from Urbino, Siena, Orvieto, and Florence.
On the second floor, there are many glazed terracotta objects in two rooms, including the Busto di fanciullo (Baby's bust) by Andrea della Robbia. There is also an exhibition of Italian medals and an exquisite collection of small Renaissance bronzes. The Sala delle Armi contains fascinating medieval ivories, armory, and weapons.
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The Dr. Vranjes store is located in Via della Spada 9/r, at the center of Florence's quadrangular shopping area, close to the most prestigious brands of fashion and a few steps from the luxurious Via Tornabuoni.
The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.
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- a free Dr. Vranjes Shea Lip-balm for a purchase minimum of € 30.00
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Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.
Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.
Clients presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be offered a 10% discount on their purchase.
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Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri
Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.
The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.
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