THE OTHER HALF OF HEAVEN – Two Exhibits with the Same Theme
(Last Day March 8)
The aim of the exhibition is to probe the subject of private devotion in the great Florentine families of the past from the female point of view. The focus is on the female saints.
On this occasion it will be possible to visit places, rooms and areas of Villa La Quiete which are normally not visible to the public, opened for a special itinerary during the period of the exhibition. Similarly, the Museum of Casa Martelli can be visited along an entirely original itinerary than usual.
The Casa Martelli
The section of the exhibition hosted in Casa Martelli begins with an introduction to the history of devotion in Florence. This addresses the particular worship which the Medici family and the Florentine nobility devoted to the saints and to the Santissima Annunziata.
The exhibition continues with the illustration of the more private aspects of worship, spirituality as it was experienced in the domestic environment of the aristocratic residences – expressed through the possession of reliquaries, books, small portable altars and devotional images. This worship was addressed to the great Florentine saints, and above all to the female saints. The most prominent among the observant were Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi (Florence, 1566 – 1607; can. 1669), Caterina de’ Ricci (Florence, 1522 – Prato, 1590; can. 1746), the illustrious forbear of the Caterina who married Niccolò Martelli in 1802, and Giuliana Falconieri (Florence, (1271(?) – 1341, can. 1737).
The Martelli family whose proximity to the Florentine Curia was decisive in the last centuries of its history. Caterina de’ Ricci brought her dowry to the Martelli family showing an affinity of life choices and religious devotion, which was shared even by the last members of the dynasty. To be interpreted in the same light is the decision of the last of the Martelli, Francesca, who bequeathed her entire estate to the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Florentine Curia.
Guided Tour of Casa Martelli with Alexandra Lawrence
The Other Half of Heaven
Saturday, March 7 at 10am
Celebrate International Women’s Day weekend with an in-depth visit to Casa Martelli’s current exhibition, L’Altra Meta’ del Cielo, which explores female saints and patterns of private devotion among the prominent 17th and 18th century Florentine families. Space is limited to 15 people. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Villa La Quiete
The section of the exhibition set up in a series of rooms in Villa La Quiete explores the origins and characteristics of female devotion in Florence between the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries.
Villa La Quiete housed an ancient institution of religious inspiration founded by Eleonora Ramirez de Montalvo in the middle of the 17th century: a community of women mostly of noble origins who wished to live freely in seclusion and prayer, without taking vows. They also played an educational role for the girls entrusted to their care by families who wished them to be trained in Christian morals so that, when they came of age, they would be able to decide whether to get married or take vows. The founders and key figures behind this institution were Eleonora Ramirez de Montalvo (Genoa, 1602 – Florence, 1659) and the Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere (Pesaro, 1622 – Pisa, 1694); the former was the leading spirit behind the congregation and the author of its constitutions, while the latter was its mother superior and “patron”.
This section extends over a number of rooms, including the church and the lower choir. Displayed in the church, as well the works of art that were already present, are several exhibits related to the two figures mentioned above – in addition to the memorial monuments devoted to them which are located in the church – and also to the life of the institution in the seventeenth century. Then, in the lower choir, we can admire the works commissioned by Vittoria’s granddaughter Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the last of the Medici who was profoundly attached to La Quiete, and several artefacts of outstanding artistic and documentary value for the spirituality of the Montalve.
The first section of the exhibition is hosted in the museum premises of Casa Martelli (Via Zannetti 8) with the following opening hours: Thursday 14.00-19.00, Saturday and Sunday (I-III-V of the month) 9.00-14.00.
The second section of the exhibition is hosted in Villa La Quiete (Via di Boldrone 2) and can be visited on the following days:
Friday only 10.00-18.00 (last day March 6).
TASTE N. 10
The name keeps it simple, but from Saturday, March 7 through Monday, March 9, at the Stazione Leopolda, there will be three days of sampling, discovering, buying, and events dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles. TASTE N. 10 is the Italian fair dedicated to good eating and good living attended by the top figures in the international gastronomic and catering trade as well as an increasingly growing public of passionate foodies. Growing in popularity, TASTE N. 10 will present 250 specialist and niche companies presenting their products to the public, as well as the exhibition spaces, which will fill the Alcatraz area of the Stazione Leopolda, with a series of special projects and events. This year, check the web site for restaurant participating in Fuori di Taste (Outside of Taste) with special deals and tasting menus.
TASTE N. 10 is an amusing and absorbing experience for members of the gastronomic and catering trade as well as the general public, who can embark on a multi-sensorial journey to discover the myriad ways in which we express and experiment with taste today:
Taste Tour: an itinerary that gives visitors a chance to sample Made In Italy products to learn more about the gastronomic treasures of the country: from cream of black truffle soup to fish matriciana, from Chianti salame to tuna bresaola, from handmade dry egg pasta drawn through gold dies, to Pecorino cheese with saffron, balsamic vinegar chocolates and Taggiasche olive jam;
Taste Tools: view the most modern food and kitchen design utensils, clothing and technical/professional equipment for the table and kitchen;
Taste Shop: a shopping area where you can buy everything that you see and taste during the tour - a kind of department store of exclusive food products; and
Taste Ring: A series of talk shows and meetings with the protagonists of food culture, top experts and VIPs from the world of food, dedicated to the hottest and most curious food lifestyle themes, unexpected combinations between food and the various aspects of social, economic and cultural life.
Start here: http://www.pittimmagine.com/en/corporate/fairs/taste/news/2015/taste10.html
Stazione Leopolda, V.le Fratelli Rosselli, 5. Hours: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Monday 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.). Admission: 15 euro. For general information visit:. www.tastefirenze.it (Also click on the link for Fuori di Taste (‘Beyond Taste' but also a pun on fuori di testa or ‘out of your mind') to obtain information about the dozens of events that precede and compliment Taste N. 9.)
PITTI PALACE – The Color of Shade Until March 8
The 100 or so portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, dream images and more on display at the Modern Art Gallery for the current exhibition, ‘Il colore dell’ombra,’ disproving the concept that black-and-white images lack ‘colour’ , instead revealing many nuances of light and dark. See www.polomuseale.firenze.it for more information.
Modern Art Gallery, Pitti Palace
TWENTIETH-CENTURY WOMEN PROTAGONISTS IN DESIGN
The Costume Gallery, Pitti Palace
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the foundation of the Costume Gallery of the Pitti Palace is dedicated to “Twentieth-Century Women Protagonists”. It presents garments and accessories belonging to women who came to prominence in the course of the twentieth century and continue to distinguish themselves in a range of different fields and disciplines through which they demonstrate their creativity. But they were also icons of the taste of their time.
The display unwinds through the rooms of the gallery, starting with the precious garments made by Rosa Genoni, a socially-committed woman and promoter of Made in Italy fashion, followed by the splendid tunics made by Fortuny specially for Eleonora Duse and the legendary gowns of Donna Franca Florio. Less well-known to the greater public are Maria Cumani, the inspiring muse of her husband Salvadore Quasimodo, and Antonella Cannavò Florio who wore the romantic creations of Schuberth, “dressmaker to the stars”. Exuberance and eccentricity appear to bring together personalities as different as Anna Piaggi and Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini (an important selection of garments from the latter’s sumptuous collection having come to the museum as a donation), both avid fashion collectors.
Susan Nevelson, designer for Ken Scott, and Lietta Cavalli are both creators of textile prints, physically close in two adjacent rooms but poles apart stylistically. Then there are the garments of the novelist Anna Rontani, who loved to flaunt her wardrobe of over a thousand items, some of which have been donated to the museum. Another distinct attraction is the donation of some of the dresses worn by Patty Pravo during the 1984, 1987 and 2002 editions of the Festival of Sanremo, which are on display in the ballroom.
Jewellery made of non-precious materials and costume jewellery respectively represent Flora Wiechmann Savioli and Angela Caputi. And then we have the brides (stars for a day) in the shape of nine wedding dresses. Finally there is weaving of the women of Rwanda transformed by the designers into jewellery.
KLAS ERIKSSON / BE ANDRE: TRANSFORMATIVE LIMITS
Closes March 21
At Eduardo Secci Contemporary (Via Maggio 51r), two Scandinavian artists, Be Andr (Norway) and Klas Eriksson (Sweden), are compared in the show called “Transformative Limits”. The two artists’ works are very different: Be Andre’s minimalist works play with letters, while Klas Eriksson is extravagant with coloured smoke bombs. The curator of the exhibit finds that they have things in common in their working methods.
SWEET SUBTLETIES: SUGAR SCULPTURES AT THE MEDICI TABLE
10 March – 7 June , Galleria Palatina, Pitti Palace
The exhibition of “decorative food” designed to emulate real works of art takes its cue from a banquet held in Palazzo Vecchio in the evening of 5 October 1600 to mark the Florentine wedding of Marie de’ Medici with King Henri IV of France.
VAN GOGH ALIVE
If you want to mix in a bit of Europe into your Renaissance Florence experience, visit the “Van Gogh Alive” exhibition at the deconsecrated church of Santo Stefano al Ponte, a stone's throw from the Ponte Vecchio.
The exhibition, which has travelled the world, is an innovative way of drawing closer to art. Large dimensions, lights and sound lead visitors into the realm of Van Gogh. The Dutch master's best-known artworks fill our eyes with their colours as they appear, one after another, out of the darkness.
Thanks to the SENSORY4 system, 40 high-definition projectors cast out more than 3,000 images, accompanied by sound, as if in a cinema. The ambience created with Van Gogh's painting is magical, making for an enjoyable experience that is more fun than merely educational.
Van Gogh Alive
Church of Santo Stefano al Ponte
Open every day until April 12, 2015
12 euro www.vangoghalive.it
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon Cinema
March 2-5 A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE (in Swedish with Italian subtitles)
March 2-5 ROMEO AND JULIET (in English with Italian subtitles)
March 9-13 INHERENT VICE (in English with Italian subtitles)
March 20-29 13th Annual Korean Film Festival
Located in Piazza Strozzi. See website for times: http://www.odeonfirenze.com
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Talking Movies at the British Institute
The Talking Movies Series at the British Institute Library: Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a film, followed by discussion. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9. Check the web site at www.britishinstitute.it/en/events/default.asp for times, dates, and detailed information or stop by the library for a brochure.
Speechless—A season of 'silent' films, some with live piano music
In Sight & Sound's 2012 survey of the Greatest Films of All Time, no less than three ‘silent' movies feature in the Top Ten. And in the survey of The Greatest Documentaries of All Time, there are two. The sight and sound of early cinema therefore, while superseded by movies of increasing technological visual and aural complexity, still has something to say to modern audiences. It is important to note that ‘silent' cinema is a clamorous misnomer: cinema was never silent: many movies of the teens and twenties of the last century had scores especially written for them, and even if they didn't they were always accompanied by a variety of musical performances, from a solo piano or organ to a full symphony orchestra. It is also a myth that these movies routinely feature speeded-up action. This is simply a repeated mistake of incorrect projection speed, incompatibilities due to improving technology. It is therefore appropriate that The 62nd Talking Pictures season should be called Speechless, as the only thing that distinguishes these films from later cinema is the absence of spoken dialogue. Intertitles, music, gestures and the grammar and syntax of the cinematography itself all contribute to a full cinema experience in a selection of films.
Not the first science fiction movie in cinema history, but nevertheless a milestone in the genre is Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927), breaking all records for big budget extravaganzas: Gottfried Huppertz's original score is memorable. European émigrés in Hollywood were numerous in the 1920s and Murnau was one of them. His Sunrise (1927) is at number 5 in Sight & Sound's Top Ten; another is Victor Sjostrom (later Seastrom) who directed the brilliant melodrama The Wind (1928). An undisputed classic of the cinema is Carl Dreyer's harrowing account of the French martyr's trial La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928). The season is rounded off with Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera (1929) made on the cusp of the sound era. This was voted the greatest documentary of all time in the 2012 poll. All in all, a memorable season of important historic films, and a reminder of the very few that have survived: the vast majority of all films produced before 1930 have been lost forever...
Non-English language films are subtitled.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015. 20.00
Film: METROPOLIS by Fritz Lang, 1927
Wednesday, March 11, 2015. 20.00
Film: SUNRISE by F W Murnau, 1927
Wednesday, March 18, 2015. 20.00
Film: THE WIND by Victor Sjostrom, 1928
Wednesday, March 25, 2015. 20.00
Film: LA PASSION DE JEANNE D'ARC by Carl Dreyer, 1928
BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June there is a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library followed by an informal drinks reception.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015, 18.00
Concert: Duo Ammatte: Alessia Arena (voice) & Federica Bianchi (piano)
In this concert a voice, a harpsichord and percussions meet to tell the human and musical story of an extraordinary woman, who put on her first pair of shoes when she was fifteen: Rosa Balistreri (1927-1990). It is a tribute to her Sicilian folk music.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 18.00
Lecture: Giles Waterfield
A recent talk by Nigel Beevor told the story of the Janet Ross and Waterfields of Aulla; this talk focuses on a different branch of the same remarkable family.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 18.00
Lecture: John Hooper
Italy correspondent for The Economist and Southern Europe editor for The Guardian, John Hooper is the author of a new book called The Italians, a portrait of the Italian people and culture. In this talk he explains how he came to write it.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 18.00
Lecture: John Took
Professor of Dante Studies at University College London, John Took is a passionate and eloquent speaker with a profound sense of the importance for 21st-century readers of the supreme medieval poet.