Thursday, 24 August 2017

Giovanni Boldini, art exhibition in Pistoia

From September 9, 2017 to January 6, 2018, at the ancient palace of the Bishops of Pistoia in Tuscany, art enthusiasts will be able to see the wall frescoes that Giovanni Boldrini carried out around 1868 in the Falconiera villa, in Collegigliato village near Pistoia. The painter was 25 years old.
At that time the villa was owned by Mrs. Isabella Falconer. 



These frescoes were forgotten and only some time before the Second World War were identified by Emilia Cardona Boldini.





In 1974 the frescoes were detached and preserved in the ancient palace of the bishops of Pistoia.

book about the frescos in Collegigliato (Pistoia)

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During the exhibition, 16 paintings of the young Giovanni Boldrini will be visible.
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For some decades the ancient palace of the Bishops of Pistoia has been transformed into a museum. The building is adjacent to the cathedral of the Tuscan town.
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Photos by Opera Laboratori Fiorentini/Civita


Another exhibit with about 100 paintings by the same artist is in progress in Turin, Reggia di Venaria.




Friday, 4 August 2017

Malatestiana Library

The Malatestiana Library is an old public library in the city of Cesena (Emilia-Romagna). The library was open in 1452 and has now over 400,000 books and many manuscripts.

The interior of the building is also interesting because it was conceived by architects active in the early Renaissance (Matteo Nuti etc). The wooden portal is made by Agostino di Duccio.

Many tourists therefore appreciate the architecture of the building. Some years ago the Unesco included the place in the Memory of the World Programme Register



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The catalog of manuscripts is also available online:http://catalogoaperto.malatestiana.it/
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The oldest nucleus of the volumes was owned by a Franciscan convent. The oldest book dates back to the ninth century. The noble Malatesta family for several years increased the number of books by also taking some amanuensis (Jean d'Epinal, Jacopo della Pergola, Francesco Bartolomeo da Figline etc.)

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Obviously in the library there are also miniature codes that sometimes have also inspired the merlattae drawings of the area.

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MAKING BEAUTY in Florence

May 18 - October 1, 2017 in Florence: La Fabbrica della Bellezza. MAKING BEAUTY. The Ginori Porcelain Manufactory and its Progeny of Statues.

The National Museum of the Bargello opened the show on May 18, the exhibition The Beauty Factory. The Manifattura Ginori and His People of Statues, the first exposition made in Italy on porcelain statues produced at Doccia.

The exhibition is divided into six thematic sections. Interesting porcelains are many. The final piece of the exhibition is represented by the porcelain monumental fireplace.



For young visitors a kit was prepared in two versions: in Italian and in English.

To children is explained the origin of porcelain, the material that makes up the statues exposed.

Founded by the Marchese Carlo Ginori in Doccia near Florence in 1735 is the oldest such manufactory in Italy and is still fully operational.


The cover of an old envelope of the ancient porcelain factory. Currently several recent RichardGinori1735 productions are available on the factory's website. In Sesto Fiorentino you can see the historical collections of porcelain. 
Below is a historical porcelain photographed by a wikipedia contributor. 

Massimiliano soldani benzi, manifattura di doccia, pietà, 1745 ca. su un modello del 1711-13 ca.
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The catalog of the Porcelain Exhibition of 2007


the book: porcellane e maioliche a Doccia
(Alessandro Biancalana)