Francesco Furini at Pitti Palace – Florence (Italy)
Francesco Furini – A different beauty
on display until 27 April 2008
The Palazzo Pizzi presents the first international monographic exhibition ever dedicated to an artist of the Florentine seventeenth century: Francesco Furini (Florence, 1603-1646).
Francesco Furini, Ila e le Ninfe,
Superintendent for the Polo Museale Fiorentino Cristina Acidini states, “the exhibition explores and sheds light on the complexity of Furini’s art and his relations with contemporary culture and society by means of a rigorous philological reconstruction of his human and artistic history. Also important is the scientific contribution that derives from the chronological placing and corpus of his works, thanks to new archive data, and the definition of the artist’s purchaser typology”.
The exhibition is also an opportunity to analyse the scenic and dramaturgical aspects that transpire from Furini’s painting (that will be echoed in the exhibition layout criteria), the artist’s poetical production of a licentious nature, his relationship with Leonardo whose Treatise on Painting he possessed in a manuscript codex, and the painter’s exportation of taste beyond the borders of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and even Italy, to the courts of Central Europe in particular.
Francesco Furini, Giuditta e Oloferne,
Furini elaborated a unique form of classicist ‘beauty’ which he mainly expressed in the female nude. In speaking of the artist in 1759, Francesco Moücke affirmed: “to his thought, the main part should be the triumph of the total nudity of his figures”. Lanzi (1795) defined him as “almost the Guido and Albano” of the Florentine school and adds that “such was his consideration by foreigners” that in 1629 he was called to Venice with the prestigious commission “to paint a Thetys to accompany a Europa painted by Guido Reno”, which means that Furini – at only 26 years of age – was considered capable of competing with the undisputed prince of Italian classicism.
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