An interesting book for jewellery enthusiasts that winks at painting lovers has recently been published by our friend and colleague Silvia Malaguzzi. In “Diamanti rubini e smeraldi, il linguaggio dei gioielli nei dipinti degli Uffizi” (Diamonds, rubies and emeralds, the language of jewels in the paintings of the Uffizi) she transformed into a method the idea that many very famous paintings could reveal something new if one analyzes its precious details with the jeweler’s lens. Continue reading “The jewels in the paintings of the Uffizi”
How many times have you seen Botticelli’s Spring? Probably thousands of times, right? In fact, who does not know about Sandro Botticelli’s Spring? It is no coincidence that thousands of people visit the Uffizi Gallery every year to see it in person.
It is certainly a symbol of Renaissance and of ideal Beauty, as well as one of the most loved works by our art historian Lucia Montuschi who often defines it as “the Breath of Renaissance”. A definition inspired by the complex symbology that we find in the painting, a celebration of love, peace and prosperity.
If we look carefully at the painting we can see the outline of two lungs in the vegetation. The first to notice them were the American researchers Blech and Doliner in 2009, who saw this detail right behind the figure of Venus in the center of the famous masterpiece. Can you see them now?
An anatomical representation of a lung was also discovered in the Birth of Venus. According to Davide Lazzeri, a researcher in the study of medicine in art, in the particular shape and color of the cloak held by a figure identified as the Hora of Spring or one of the Graces, a lung can be seen quite clearly. To learn more about the news click here.
Our 2023 exciting news is the launch of our Art Club, a new project starting on March 6th, the day Michelangelo was born.
In the last two years, we have mainly focused on culture and art lovers who, together with us, strive to deepen their innate curiosity about the people and the works, key to our art history. Thanks to their thirst for knowledge and our dedication to cultural expression, we have decided to start this new adventure by planning 10 art history rendez-vous, which will deal with very original and exciting topics expressly conceived and researched by Dr. Lucia Montuschi.
The Art Club program offers 1 video-recorded lesson per month, for a total of 10 lessons, summing up to almost 5 hours. New content will be released every month, and it will always be available to our subscribers on our video platform.
The Art Club is a subscribers-only service, and it will be held in English by Dr. Lucia Montuschi. The annual cost will be €299 VAT included but, for this first year, we have decided to launch it at a promotional price of €199 VAT included.
The Art Club Program 2023
We are very proud to present this program:
- March Michelangelo: the man and the spirituality
- April Andrea del Sarto and the development of Florentine Mannerism
- May The Medici Gem Collection
- June Sandro Botticelli and the Ideal Beauty
- July Jacopo Robusti Known as Tintoretto
- August Caravaggio: New images, light and shadow
- September Vasari: the corridor and the portraits
- October Raphael
- November Modigliani: the figure, the lines and the intellectuals’ life
- December Street Art: Talking about art in modern times ’till Bansky
The program will also be enriched by 2 live Q&As and two free content to download to further study some of the topics covered in the lessons.
Registrations will open soon. If you would like to stay updated on this project, please fill in the form below