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Art quotes itself

12 January 2017

The Amorino dormiente by Caravaggio: when a masterpiece becomes a symbol of prestige

Today we are revealing a curious anecdote about the circularity of art, of which Florence offers many evidences. We are going to discuss the relationship between the unusual and famous Amorino dormiente  by Caravaggio and the fresco decoration of one of the most special buildings in the city, Palazzo dell'Antella in Piazza Santa Croce.

In fact, few people know that on its colorful facade, among other decorations painted by Giovanni da San... Read all

The Unknown Medusa and its Famous Double

23 August 2016

When the "Double" is More Famous than the Original One

Perhaps not everyone knows that Caravaggio painted an earlier version of the terrible screaming head of Medusa with darting snakes instead of hair, the famous painting in exhibition at the Uffizi.

The Medusa unknown to most (kept in a private vault in London) is not a copy, but an original work by Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio.  Three elements prove that: a signature, the drawing beneath the paint surface, and two poems.  As regards the signature: «He affixed his... Read all

The Challenge of Michelangelo

22 July 2016

One face, many stories

We are closing our in-depth trilogy with two curious stories that bind Michelangelo Buonarroti to Piazza della Signoria.

Not many know that, looking at the facade of Palazzo Vecchio, on the right side towards Via della Ninna (almost around the sculpture of Ercole and Caco by Baccio Bandinelli), down on the edge of the building, there is a stone with the profile of a man's face carved like a graffiti, perhaps with hammer and chise.

Most tourists - and the Florentines... Read all

La curiosa storia del naso del David

23 June 2016

Un fatto realmente accaduto, ma conosciuto da pochi

Continuiamo il nostro “approfondimento”, iniziato con l’ articolo del mese scorso, riportando un curioso aneddoto raccontato da Giuliano Cenci in "Firenze segreta" riguardo un elemento che sicuramente può considerarsi inaspettato, soprattutto se consideriamo il soggetto principale: il naso del David.

I turisti che si recano alla Galleria dell’Accademia per ammirare la scultura originale del David di Michelangelo, non si soffermano certo a osservare con particolare interesse il naso del personaggio biblico raffigurato in questo grande capolavoro. Quegli stessi turisti,... Read all

The meaning of the artworks: the deep transformation in the museums

23 May 2016

Michelangelo's David: from religious and political emblem to a symbol of beauty and perfection.

You will surely agree that the natural place attributed by our imagination to an artwork is the museum. History, however, tells us that in most cases the artworks  were not conceived and designed for a typical setting like the museums' one. So the question arises: what kind of consequences we have when we physically remove the artwork from its original context?

Let’s think about one of the most emblematic works of the Renaissance, a symbol magnificence and... Read all

Games tremble, tremble. The tacks are back!

13 April 2016

One billion units sold in 2015: the plastic "matches", today also for the adults, are the real competitor of video games.

All began in 1969, with the first Quercetti’s  advertisement, strictly black and white, entitled "The Masters": the protagonists were four guys wearing a white coat of those which donate a typical appearance (medical-professorial), all busy with the construction. The message the réclame wanted to convey was not to settle of amateurism, even in playful situations; It was clearly a message from another time. Those... Read all