Jackie Kennedy’s Horse enters the Uffizi drawing collection
Sheet of Giovanni Battista Foggini, had belonged to the first lady of the United States. Purchased in New York along with other works by Franceschini and herself from the Friends of the Uffizi Galleries (Florance – Italy).
The collection of drawings from the Uffizi Gallery is still growing. During the week dedicated to New York at auctions of antique works, the Friends of the Uffizi Galleries, a non-profit association that supports the Florentine museum, bought 4 drawings for the museum, two by seventeenth-century painter Baldassarre Franceschini and two by baroque sculptor Giovanni Battista Foggini: one of these is the representation of a horse from behind, which belonged to the American first lady, great horseman and art lover Jackie Kennedy.
In addition to this, bought by Christie’s of Foggini, the Friends of the Uffizi Galleries have also managed to win, in this case from Sotheby’s, the ‘Neptune chases Coronis’ sheet. In the same auction, the two drawings by Baldassare Franceschini (known as Volterrano), two studies of kneeling Apostles, preparatory for his fresco in the basilica of the Santissima Annunziata in Florence, were also acquired.
With hundreds of drawings by each of these authors, the Uffizi is the museum that houses the largest collections in the world. And Foggini, with some of its most beautiful sculptures, was one of the protagonists of ‘Plasmato dal fuoco’, an exhibition dedicated in Palazzo Pitti to Baroque bronzes, recently completed and visited in five months by over 206,000 people.