Florence event | The fortunes of the Primitives - Academy Gallery
When: 24 June 2014 - 8 December 2014
Where: Galleria Dell'Accademia
This exhibition is the first ever dedicated to the topic as a whole. It
proposes to offer a critical-bibliographic picture of this very
important cultural phenomenon concerning the history of taste and
collecting in Italy between the late XVIII century and early XIX
Among other things, this phenomenon exerted a considerable and
direct influence on the formation of the major public art collections in
the most important European countries.
The exhibition begins with the fundamental contribution of Giovanni Previtali (La fortuna dei primitivi. Dal Vasari ai Neoclassici,
Turin, 1964), published exactly fifty years ago. With a scientific
committee made up of art historians, historians of collecting and art
critics, the exhibition intends to delve into this theme that to date
has been relatively neglected.
Significant progress has been made since
the pioneering studies of Venturi, Previtali, Haskell and Pomian.
time is therefore ripe to reflect on this phenomenon and, especially, on
the people who collected works by theprimitives, to some
extent systematically (and therefore not occasionally), and on those who
strove to lay hands on these panel paintings with precious gold grounds
(merchants, agents, procurers and restorers).
Singling out Florence as
the privileged site for an exhibition like this one is practically a
foregone conclusion, given the wealth the Tuscan-Florentine area has had
historically in the production of artworks in the fourteenth and
fifteenth centuries. Almost all the collections of primitives indeed
boasted works from this geographic area.
Full Price: € 11,00From November 1 the ticket prices will be € 12,50 (full price) and € 6,50 (reduced price)
Reduced: € 5,50
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