In the sign of Medici
sacred treasure of granducal devotion
The annual exhibition event of the Museum of the Medici Chapels in 2015 proposes a reflection and a discussion on a topic dear to the Grand Ducal family: the gifts of sacred type, precious and magnificent that the Medici offered to the shrines of Tuscany, but also far beyond the state ruled that the family, arriving in Loreto, in the Holy Land, and Goa in India. Gifts of various kinds and types, votive crowns, supplies for altars, chalices, monstrance, reliquaries, altar panels etc., which then as now are read in the dual form of witness to the cult of the grand dukes and grand duchesses for various reasons related to the shrines benefited from sumptuous sacred vessels, but also of wealth, culture and taste, undoubted testimony of their economic and political power, or rather, as it was written, "vehicles of the enacting system sacralization of power". It was decided to present only pieces very valuable and often little known, a "flower from" to make a crown around the marvels of reliquaries Medici that the Museum has since 1945 and that today, in light of renewed studies, contribute to express and clarify the feel of clients contributing to the understanding of the culture that expressed them, and too often unjustly held in the past only the result of 'bigotry'. In the shine of the gold, in the range of precious stones wisely worked, in the composure of light in a rock crystal you will have the impression of radiant beauty and you will understand the greatness of the clients. The exhibition follows and, in some way complete, two major exhibitions that preceded it: Sacred Splendors, set up in 2014 in the Museo degli Argenti and whose studies and careful documentary research formed the basis necessary for the present; and the small and refined exhibition devoted to the other half of the sky that has found his ideal place at the Museum of Casa Martelli in Florence, again in 2014. The exposure of the magnificent objects are ordered according to their link with the various characters of the Medici family who performed donations. Then as now these gifts lend themselves to a double reading: both as proof of the devotion of the grand dukes and grand duchesses, both as manifestations of wealth, culture and taste, undoubted testimony of economic and political power in the government. It's obvious that offers this valuable superb - and exorbitant cost in proportion - transcended the scope of a private and personal devotion, and were presented as gifts "State" to the superior power of the Godhead.