Palazzo Vecchio: Magnificent perspective machines

Animated visit with interactive theatrical sketches

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  • Languages: Italian, English and French
  • Target: for everyone from 8 years and over
  • Length: an hour and a half
  • Maximum number of participants: 25 people
  • When: Thursday
  • Timetable: 10:00 a.m.

Perspective Machines

In the walls and roofs of Palazzo Vecchio there are several wiews and landscapes of cities and buildings. To observe some of these representations allow us to understand how artists used the construction rules of perspective in the realization of a painting, following the two rules of the practical perspective initially individuated by Filippo Brunelleschi: the construction through a central point of view and through the distance point.

After comparing some of the examples of perspective construction in the paintings of Giovanni Stradano, Giorgio Vasari and Domenico Ghirlandaio, participants move to the Roof of the Room of the Maps, where the interactive workshop takes place: conceived as a theatrical machine that is transformed in a dark room; in the illusion of architectonic spaces; in a virtual room where walls exist only in the convex mirror; in sculptures and paintings that are transformed once they reflex in the mirror; in an ambient where even shadows are alive.

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