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A very peculiar exhibition of works of art owned by the Uffizi Gallery in a special venue: the Oratory of Santa Caterina delle Ruote at Antella.

The Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museum of the world, together with the Municipality of Bagno a Ripoli organized an exhibition focussed on musician women between Cinquecento and Seicento.Tintoretta cornice preview jpeg---Copia
The venue of the exhibition is the small, completely frescoed Oratory of santa Caterina, the Egyptian martyr, in the beautiful countryside close to Bagno a Ripoli.
The frescoes are by Maestro di Barberino and by Pietro Nelli, both artists of the XIV century.

The exhibit gives an account of the talent of women who were musicians and painters in the 16th and 17th centuries: mainly focussed on paintings, self-portraits, engravings, documents in general and printed volumes.  In this exhibition you'll get aquainted with Francesca Caccini, who composed the first musical opera by a woman: "La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola di Alcina" from 1625. You'll see a small portrait of her, painted on copper by Cristofano Allori. The engravings of Alfonso Parigi show her musical composition.
In the Cinquecento women got a musical education, that was never shown outside the family or private circles.  A female composer shows herself in public for the first time and this was a very important step in women's liberation.

Some women of the Medici family encouraged these musicians, for instance the Granduchess Vittoria della Rovere, her beautiful portrait is on show.

Some other works to be mentioned: the gorgeous Medici Singer Checca Costa in a painting by Cesare Dandini, a painting from the Museo Stibbert. The self-portrait of Lavinia Fontana sitting in front of a harpsicord, and that of Arcangela Paladini and last but not least the interesting portrait of Tintoretta, that is Marietta Robusti, the daughter of the famous painter Tintoretto.

For information about the show, or visits call +39 055 643358 culture departement of the Municipality of Bagno a Ripoli.


News in the exhibit: father and daughter can meet again (at least in an ideal meeting)

From March 29, 2018, a self-portrait of Tintoretto hangs side by side with the one of his daughter Marietta; this enrichment is due to the will to celebrate particularly the influence of the father in the artistic development of his favorite daughter


With sweet strength. Women in the musical Universe of the 16th and 17th Centuries. From March 8 to May 13 at the Oratory of Santa Caterina delle Ruote at Bagno a Ripoli


Published: 8/3/2018

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