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The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence tells its story online and to do so it has chosen art historians, music experts, directors of institutions from the world of international culture.

DISCOVER the GALLERY, on a weekly basis, starting from Saturday 13 March, will deepen from time to time, thanks to some video pills, a work preserved in the various collections of the museum. It starts with Carl Brandon Strehlke and then follows with Carlo Sisi, Paolo Zampini, to name just a few. (On the canal YubeTube of the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence).

"With this project we wanted to give the opportunity to discover our works, bringing them directly into the homes not only of our public but of all art lovers" he declares with satisfaction Cecilie Hollberg. "We wanted to go into the details of the various souls that make up this museum, with the collaboration of well-known experts who have lent themselves, with their specific skills, to explain individual works of the Accademia Gallery, and whom I thank very much for their availability. I hope these videos will be appreciated, a way to continue living the Academy even from a distance. "

The first date will be with Carl Brandon Strehlke, art historian, curator emeritus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who will describe thePrayer in the Garden by Lorenzo Monaco, one of the greatest late Gothic masterpieces on the first floor of the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. The painting was made around 1400 by the artist, a monk of the Camaldolese also known as Don Lorenzo, for his monastery, Santa Maria degli Angeli in Florence, about ten years after taking his vows. Strehlke will enter the heart of the iconography of the table and its history, probably in the center of a majestic altarpiece, missing from the other parts, in which it is imagined there was also a Crucifixion. Lorenzo Monaco and his use of color had a great influence on early Florentine Renaissance paintings.

Saturday 20 March it will be the turn of Carlo Sisi, currently president of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, art historian, expert in particular of Italian and European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he was director of the Galleria d'Arte Moderna and the Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti. To Sisi the task of telling The Campbell sisters, sculpture by Lorenzo Bartolini that we usually find in the Gipsoteca and today, with the new layout of the Gallery, exhibited in the rooms next to the Tribuna del David. The two young women portrayed 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. . A graceful work, a tribute by Lorenzo Bartolini to his teacher Antonio Canova that Sisi describes with great skill, also introducing us to the charm of the international atmosphere that reigned in Florence in that historical period, the Florence of the Countess of Albany and of the Demidoff princes but also of the Lorraine.

To close the month of March of DISCOVER the GALLERY Sara Paul Paws, director of the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence as well as 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 the discovery of Collection of Musical Instruments and in particular of Briccialdi flutes. He will speak specifically of Giulio Baldassarre Briccialdi, composer and flutist, self-taught, famous in nineteenth-century Europe above all for having created an innovative type of flute that remained in vogue in Italy until 1930 and which unfortunately, after that date, fell into disuse. . An instrument with which the virtuosos of the nineteenth century and beyond have created beautiful works of which Zampini will give us, within this video, the splendid performance of some notes.

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