The Medici dynasty, which dominated the political and cultural life of Florence, Italy from the fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries, is still acclaimed today for its artistic patronage and enlightened collecting. Among the vast Medici collection bequeathed to the city of Florence is an extensive collection of still-life paintings, known as natura morta in Italian. Forty paintings created between 1618 and 1720 from the esteemed Medici collections will be featured. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see works of art that beautifully illustrate the artistic concern with "abundance in nature," a preoccupation that influenced the development of western art and culture. Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Organized by Contemporanea Progetti, Florence, Italy in collaboration with the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, D.C.
Distinguished honorary chairpersons H.E. Amb. Marcello Spatafora, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and Mrs. Laura Spatafora.