Sweet triumphs and fine folds
SCULPTURES IN SUGAR AND TOWELS FOR THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA FIORENTINE DE 'MEDICI
03/10/2015 - 06/07/2015 Galleria Palatina - Palazzo Pitti The idea of ??this exhibition begins at the banquet held in Palazzo Vecchio on the evening of October 5, 1600 for the marriage of Maria de 'Medici and Henry IV of France. Thanks to the detailed description which gave Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger are known outfits designed by Bernardo Buontalenti for the table and directed to those guests and Jacopo Ligozzi about a 'belief' in the shape of lily of France, containing two thousand pieces Treasury Medici. The archival documents related to this ceremony has confirmed the pivotal role it had sculptures made for the occasion in sugar, 'foods decorative' conceptualized as true works of art - exemplified on prototypes of illustrious Florentine sculptors of the late sixteenth century such as Giambologna, Pietro Tacca, Gasparo Mola - is that of virtuosic folds of linen napkins, which amazed the guests. The sugar sculptures, some of considerable size (the one with Henry IV on horseback was 115 cm high and had a base equally modeled in sugar), as well as other inspired 'Labors of Hercules', the' Divinity ', to' Hunts' hunting and pastoral themes and aroused the admiration of the queen and the guests, qualifying as a refined expression of the genius of the architects Florentine occasion importantly political-diplomatic unprecedented for Casa Medici. Taking therefore build on these wedding and from these parties, the exhibition aims to evoke the banquet with a suggestive reconstruction of both the 'canteen directed', is the 'belief Lily' and its furnishings, visible on display in the room called 'the Bona 'and due to the scenery of Joan Fezzi Borella and Claudio Rocca, while the project dell'allestimento exhibition and direction of the work must be the architect Mauro Linari. Fulcrum of historical re-enactment is the reproduction of some of those figures in sugar, today due to the skilful hands of Sarah and James Del Giudice who in their foundry in Strada in Chianti worked strictly following the traditional casting techniques; similarly, the fantastic 'kinks' napkins made by the artist Joan Sallas offer themselves as document and transmission of an art that he saw just in Florence, with this famous banquet, its apogee. They join in the exposition effigies of the main protagonists - the neo-Queen Mary and Henry IV - as well as those of the many 'actors' who gave birth to the ceremonies and their equipment. Among these, Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger who drew up the report on time; the artists who lent their work in producing objects or direct the realization (Giambologna, Ligozzi, Cigoli, Buontalenti); musicians and writers who gladdened both the banquet is the recitation dell'Euridice represented the next day at Pitti.