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16
Oct

Magnificence: The Greatness of Art and Humans

If you’re visiting Florence in October, you might be overwhelmed by the number of exhibitions you’ll find in the city. Don’t worry—it’s easy to get lost. But we’re here to help! Make sure you don’t miss Magnificent, a wonderful installation closing this month.

Magnificence

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Magnificent will walk you through a charming story, based on real events that happened in Florence centuries ago, but that it’s still relatable today. The exhibition gives you a chance to experience the city’s art in a different way: combining famous paintings and sculptures, with video art. Andrea Bocelli will guide you through this experience, put together by Felice Limosani. The screenings take place every 30 minutes at the incredible scenario that is the Sala D’Arme in the Palazzo Vecchio.

Remember, you’ve only got until the 31st to experience Magnificent! After that, come and tell us what you thought at Il Salviatino.

 

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1
Oct

Amazing Juxtapositions: Jeff Koons In Florence

For two great artists to coincide in time, a big miracle needs to happen. There are some exceptions to this rule, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just make Andy Warhol meet Da Vinci? Well, thanks to the Comune di Firenze and the organization of Mus.e, now you can enjoy the best of the Renaissance together with one of the most celebrated contemporary artists. Several sculptures will be placed together in different parts of the city for you to appreciate the amazing contrast between masters of this art: Jeff Koons vs. Donatello and Michelangelo.

Source: The Huffington Post

Source: The Huffington Post

Between September 26 and December 28, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria will host the three stunning juxtapositions that comprise the exhibition Jeff Koons In Florence. Gazing Ball (Barbierini Faun) will be at the Room of Lilies at Palazzo Vecchio and will unite the monumental 3-meter sculpture by Koons, with Barbierini Faun, an artwork from the imperial age, probably restored by Bernini around 1632. The most famous David, by Michelangelo, will contrast with Koon’s amazing Pluto and Proserpina in Piazza della Signoria.

Jeff Koons on show in Florence

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The exhibition is a game of cross-references, contrasts and comparisons. The ancient and the contemporary establish a dialogue of equals. The hidden meanings and the breathtaking beauty of art will surely amaze you. Afterwards, come and tell us your impressions at Il Salviatino!

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26
Aug

Oltrarno: A Walk Through Florence’s Artisan Quarter

On the other bank of river Arno, between the Ponte Vecchio and Santo Spirito, lays a neighborhood often overlooked by tourists. Its narrow streets and inviting doors keep one of the best secrets in Florence: the Artisan Quarter.

Oltrarno, literally “the other side of the Arno” in Italian, has housed the finest artisan traditions of the city for centuries. In its streets, you will feel the Renaissance leaking through the pores of botteghe and studios. Although many of these workshops are starting to decay due to industrial production and the disinterest of younger generations, the crafters who still work here truly honor art and handmade products—the most beautiful homage to Florence’s legacy.

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

Our advice for visiting the Artisan Quarter is that you let yourself wander through the streets and breathe this magical atmosphere. Ironworkers, bookbinders, woodworkers, furniture antique shops, jewelries and cafés—everything here is worth taking a look at. However, there are some key checkpoints that you won’t want to miss.

Source: Deborah Guber

Source: Deborah Guber

Make sure you pass through Giacomo Giachetti’s workshop, which is stunningly decorated by all of its iron pieces. Also meet the famous Enrico Giannini, whose family has been binding books exquisitely for five generations. The Gianninis were the inventors of the marbled Florentine paper, a true delicacy. Bartolozzi & Maioli still repair wood for celebrities and millionaires, and their work is absolutely gorgeous. Also, if you’re lucky, you’ll have the opportunity to watch Roberto Ugolini and his apprentices working on custom-made leather shoes for men.

Source: Rachel Liquindoli

Source: Rachel Liquindoli

After discovering one of the most beautiful spots in the city, we’ll be waiting for you at Il Salviatino, your favorite hotel in Florence!

Source: www.the-journal-of-style.com

Source: www.the-journal-of-style.com

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Source: Jessica Stewart for www.contextflorence.com

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

 

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20
Aug

From Middle Ages to Surrealism: Dalí Meets Dante

At the beginning of the Divine Comedy, Dante is lost and wanders through the forest, haunted by beasts. There he finds Virgil, who takes him in a journey to the depths of hell, then to purgatory and finally to paradise. Dante’s poem made him one of the most famous Florentine figures of history and it was a source of inspiration to many after him. One of them, of course, was Salvador Dalí, the renowned Spanish surrealist artist. Dalí dedicated great part of his artwork to exploring dreams, the grotesque, the mundane and spirituality—for which Dante served as a great inspiration. He even illustrated the whole Divine Comedy and now his artwork can be seen in Florence!

Source: libreriamo.it

Source: libreriamo.it

The exhibition organized by the Fondazione Ambrosiana will take place until September 27 at the Galleria delle Carrozze (Palazzo Medici Riccardi). Dalí reinterprets Dante’s journey from a psychoanalytic point of view and portrays the oneiric atmosphere of the Divine Comedy, including his very personal symbols and supernatural figures. But it’s not all seriousness at this exhibition! Children are also welcomed to approach art and history. There are several workshops for them, with special guided tours and activities in which they make their own reinterpretation of the Divine Comedy.

Dalí Meets Dante is open to the public Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 7 pm. For more details, check out this link.

After following Dante in his journey, come home safe to Il Salviatino, your favorite hotel in Florence!

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25
Aug

3 exhibitions to see this August in Florence

Among other characteristics, Florence is a place full of art, avant-garde and culture. Only by walking on its streets you can see all the beautiful legacy it owns.

We are now going to invite you to use this amazing cultural scene to hide from the summer heat by visiting three exhibitions currently open in Florence:

  • - Art and Politics (until the 2nd of November at the Museum of Medici Chapels): expand your horizons by finding the incredible links between power and beauty.
  • - Viaggio in Oriente (until the 5th of October at il Museo di Casa Martelli): discover other landscapes and perspectives without even leaving the town.
  • - Donne protagoniste nel Novecento (until the 13th of November at la Galleria del Costume): learn more about the women who ruled the fashion sphere during the 20th century.

We highly recommend you to enjoy these refreshing cultural dates. From Il Salviatino, we wish you’re having the summer of your life.

Art and Politics

Art and Politics. Source: http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it

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