SCOPRI la GALLERIA is the new online format of the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze where art historians, music experts and directors of institutions from the world of international culture talk about a work from the museum’s various collections on a weekly basis through video clips.

On Saturday 20 March, Carlo Sisi will talk about The Campbell Sisters, a sculpture by Lorenzo Bartolini that we usually find in the Gipsoteca and that today, with the new layout of the Gallery, is on display in the rooms next to the Tribuna del David. The two young women are Emma and Julia, two of the five daughters of Lady Charlotte Campbell, the Scottish noblewoman who was in Florence between September 1819 and August 1820 with her friend Lady Mary Berry to write a book on Tuscan sanctuaries.

It is a graceful work, Lorenzo Bartolini’s homage to his master Antonio Canova, which Sisi describes with great skill, introducing us to the charm of the international atmosphere in Florence at that time, the Florence of the Countess of Albany and the Demidoff princes, but also of the Lorraine.

We would like to remind you that Sisi is currently president of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, an art historian, an expert in particular on Italian and European art of the 19th and 20th centuries, and was director of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna and the Galleria del Costume in Palazzo Pitti.

(on the YubeTube channel of the Accademia Gallery of Florence at the link )

“With this project we wanted to give people the opportunity to discover our works, bringing them directly into the homes not only of our audience but of all art lovers,” says Cecilie Hollberg with satisfaction. “We wanted to go into detail about the various souls that make up this museum, with the collaboration of renowned experts who have lent their specific expertise to explain individual works of the Accademia Gallery, and whom I thank very much for their availability. I hope that these videos will be appreciated, as a way of continuing to experience the Accademia from a distance. This project is absolutely in line with the attention that the Ministry of Culture – MiC pays to this type of initiative”.

The month of March of SCOPRI la GALLERIA will end on Saturday 27th with Paolo Zampini, director of the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence and a well-known musician with a significant concert activity, both as a soloist and as a member of important orchestras and ensembles. Zampini will lead us to discover the Collection of Musical Instruments and in particular the Briccialdi flutes. He will talk specifically about Giulio Baldassarre Briccialdi, a self-taught composer and flutist, famous in 19th-century Europe above all for having created an innovative type of flute that remained in vogue in Italy until 1930 and unfortunately fell into disuse after that date. An instrument with which the virtuosi of the 19th century and beyond created beautiful works of which Zampini will give us, within this video, the splendid execution of some notes.

In April and in the following months there will be many works that we will discover, guided by expert speakers. Monsignor Timothy Verdon, art historian, director of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, will illustrate St Matthew, created by Michelangelo and which Raphael had the opportunity to admire in Florence, a sculpture in perfect harmony with the ancient masterpieces that Michelangelo himself had already seen in Rome during his first stay. Carl Brandon Strehlke, art historian, conservator emeritus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will tell us the story behind the majestic polyptych with Annunciation and Saints by Giovanni del Biondo, from the Church of Santa Maria Novella, a Dominican institution in Florence, which is also particularly interesting for the story of the person who commissioned it. Cecilie Hollberg, director of the Galleria dell’Accademia, has the task of getting to the heart of The Tree of Life, a panel painted by Pacino di Buonaguida between 1310 and 1315, which translates into images, in an unusually detailed way, the themes of the literary text Lignum vitae, a treatise written by St. Bonaventure of Bagnoreggio in 1274. The nineteenth-century sculpture of Luigi Pampaloni, pupil and later rival of Lorenzo Bartolini, present in the Gipsoteca, will be addressed by Elena Marconi, head of the Gallery’s historical-artistic department.

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