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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 century.

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.

The 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: € 11,00
Reduced: € 5,50

From November 1 the ticket prices will be € 12,50 (full price) and € 6,50 (reduced price)

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Galleria Dell'Accademia
Via Bettino Ricasoli, 58/60, Florence


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