Palazzo Strozzi: “The Cinquecento in Florence” exhibition

September 30, 2017  |  Culture and Art, Florence  |  Comments Off
Michelangelo River God at the exhibition "The Cinquecento in Florence" in Palazzo Strozzi Florence Italy

Michelangelo River God at the exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence” in Palazzo Strozzi Florence Italy

The exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence” that takes place in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence until 21 January 2018 and that celebrates the art of the 16th century in Florence should not be missed! Villa le Barone will be pleased to book tickets for you to admire this wonderful exhibition!

“The Cinquecento in Florence”, between Michelangelo, Pontormo and Giambologna that takes place in Palazzo Strozzi until 21st January 2018 is celebrating the art of the 16th century in Florence, an era of outstanding cultural and intellectual talent that was to spawn a heated debate between the “Modern Manner” and the “Counter-Reformation“after the Council of Trent, between the art sponsored by the Medici and the Church, between profane and sacred art. The exhibition showcases more than seventy works of art, sculptures and paintings. It opens with two absolute masterpieces, Michelangelo’s sculpture “River God” and Andrea Del Sarto’s painting “Pieta di Luco”, both of them reference work for other 16th century artists. It then develops comparisons between works of the early century, with for instance a unique juxtaposition between Pontormo’s Deposition (that can normally be seen in the San Felicita church in Florence), Rosso Fiorentino’s Deposition from the Cross ( normally exhibited in Voltera) and Bronzino’s Deposition from the Christ ,(a loan from the Besançon(‘s museum).

Pontormo- detail of "The deposition",  at the exhibition "The Cinquecento in Florence" in Palazzo Strozzi Florence Italy

Pontormo- detail of “The deposition”, at the exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence” in Palazzo Strozzi Florence Italy

The exhibition continues with a chorus of styles by talented artists such as Giorgio Vasari, Jacopo Zucchi, Santi di Tito, Vincenzo Danti, Giambologna. It is possible to admire in particular the works sponsored by Francesco 1er de Medici for his small office in Palazzo Vecchio, or for the redecoration of the churches in Florence in order to bring them into line with the instances of the Council of Trent. The exhibition concludes with works announcing the Baroque era.
This stupendous exhibition has been curated by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali. Villa le Barone will be pleased to book tickets for you!

The 30th International Biennial Antique Fair in Florence

September 16, 2017  |  Culture and Art, Florence  |  Comments Off
Palazzo Corsini Biennale del Antiquariato Florence

Palazzo Corsini Biennale dell’Antiquariato Florence

The 30th International Biennial Antique Fair will be held in Florence from 23 September to 1st October 2017, and, at this occasion, you will also be able to visit in the Palazzo Larderel Via Tornabuoni the wonderful gallery of Brun Fine Art.

Florence, the Renaissance city internationally known for its monuments, paintings and works of art will host, from 23rd September to 1st October 2017, the 30th International Biennial Antique Fair (BIAF) in the magnificent Palazzo Corsini: 80 Italian and foreign galleries will present more than 3000 work of arts, paintings, sculptures, drawings, design furniture. All works exhibited are selected by a vetting commission to check their value and authenticity. Matteo Corvino, the Venetian interior designer has done the scenography to showcase the exhibition. And from the terrace of the Palazzo Corsini, one can enjoy a superb view on the Arno River.

Art at the Antiquarian Il Quadrifoglio Palazzo Larderel Via Tornabuoni Florence

Art at the Antiquarian Il Quadrifoglio, Palazzo Larderel Via Tornabuoni, Florence

One of the major antiquarian exhibiting in the Antique fair will be Brun fine Art a leading art gallery  collaborating with interior designers from all over the world such as Celeste Dell’Anna, on multiple projects both in Italy and in London or the studio Giorio Casa in Beijing. Brun Fine Art has galleries in London, Milan. In Florence in the Palazzo Larderel 19 Via Tornabuoni, the Gallery  normally accessible only on appointment , will be opened during the BIAF. The Palazzo Larderel is a beautiful Palace designed by Giovanni Antonio Dosio in the 15th century that, still today, is one of the most perfect examples of Florence architecture of that period.

Medicinal herbs in Tuscany

September 8, 2017  |  Chianti Holidays, Culture and Art, Tuscany  |  Comments Off
Lavander at Villa le Barone Chianti

Lavander at Villa le Barone Chianti

Visitors will discover many medicinal plants at the exhibition that will take place in September in the antique pharmacy of Santa Fina in San Gimignano, a World Cultural Heritage medieval city close to Villa le Barone. However, all year around, our guests can also discover many such herbs and plants in our gardens!

Santa Fina’s hospital in San Gimignano,  a medieval city part of the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO at 40 kms from Villa le Barone, had its own pharmacy since the 15th century, which bought or produced medicines for both indoor use and outdoor sale. One of San Gimignano’s Museums today features the original layout of the pharmacy, the “kitchen”, the place where the medicines were prepared, and the “shop”, where they were sold. The medicines, which are still contained in ceramic and glass jars, were manufactured on the basis of precise recipes assembled in old manuscripts. However, all medicines needed raw materials, especially herbs, whose essences or distillates were the basis for their preparation: the supplies could be purchased elsewhere or cultivated around the hospital.

Rooted sage in the gardens of Villa le Barone

Rooted sage in the gardens of Villa le Barone

The visit to the pharmacy of Santa Fina and of its garden provides a great sensory experience, enabling visitors to immerse themselves in an atmosphere of aromas and scents. In addition, each Saturday between the 23rd September and 14th October, Dra Lucia Chelli, herbalism specialist, and founder of the “Officina de’Tornabuoni” (where Villa le Barone buys many of the amenities for its guests), will give conferences on herbs properties.

It is all year around that guests will be able to discover in Hotel Villa le Barone’s gardens many of the medicinal plants presented in San Gimignano’s Santa Fina Museum: lavender, peppermint, verbena, many types of sage, many types of thyme, lemon balm, basil, and many others herbs and plants!

Discovering Tuscany in Vespa

September 1, 2017  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays, Culture and Art  |  Comments Off
Vespa's at Villa le Barone, Chianti , Tuscany

Vespa’s at Villa le Barone, Chianti , Tuscany

Discovering Tuscany in Vespa! This is a new trend! Vespa has many years of history since it was launched in 1946, and started to be produced in Pontedera, near Pisa, in Tuscany: 71 years of continuous success!

Do you wish to discover Chianti and Tuscany differently? Then, rent a Vespa (in Italian “Vespa” means “bee”) and feel like a movie star! The story of this “scooter” developed by Enrico Piaggio is amazing! In April 1946, this astonishing new, functional and innovative mode of transport was presented to the general public for the first time in a Golf Club in Rome.

Vespa was an immediate success and gained extensive media interest as well as public curiosity, surprise and also sometimes skepticism. The first sales of Vespa’s were managed through a small dealer network but developed exponentially. From the 1950s to the mid-1970s, it became a real phenomenon of society. Vespa’s became highly popular among young riders, who chose it to for being easily manageable and aesthetically pleasing.

Every year new models were developed offering significant improvements over its predecessor both in aesthetics and technical specifications. Everywhere, user clubs were formed and walks, rally and competitions were organized. The 1951 model became famous in its cinema debut in the romantic and unforgettable movie “Roman Holiday” which told the love story of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Rome, and the Vespa’s appeared in many other famous Italian movies!

Today, the Vespa has many competitors, but it remains as a myth, and we are still seeing it on many Tuscan roads. We recently organized rental of Vespa’s for a family staying at Villa le Barone, they loved the itineraries we had prepared to discover Tuscany “out of the beaten track”! They said it was an enchantment! If you are a Vespa fan, it is also possible to visit the Vespa museum in Pontedera, a city between Pisa and Panzano in Chianti, in Tuscany, where the Vespa’s were produced.

The long history of sun umbrellas

August 19, 2017  |  Culture and Art, Hotel  |  Comments Off
Infinity pool with sun umbrellas at Villa le Barone Tuscany

Infinity pool with sun umbrellas at Villa le Barone Tuscany

Sun umbrellas, which you find today by the swimming pools, terraces or gardens have a long history.

Sign of high rank and honor, they were reserved for the use of great personages. On Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian and Indian sculptures and paintings, domestic servants protect their sovereign from the sun with an umbrella. In Assyria, only the king had the right to possess one. It was in the 16th century that Catherine de Medicis introduced in France the sun umbrella as a symbol of femininity. At the King of France’s court, when walking in the gardens, the courtesans protect themselves from the sun with their sun umbrellas. Keeping a fair complexion is a sign of wealth and superiority. In 1820, the wave of sea baths was reserved for a handful of privileged people. Young ladies had to keep a complexion of porcelain, and were hiding under large umbrellas, as can be seen in many impressionist paintings.

Sun umbrellas welcoming guests at Villa le Barone Tuscany

Sun umbrellas welcoming guests at Villa le Barone Tuscany

Only in the middle of the 20th century, when the paid holidays are established and sea baths democratized, sun umbrellas are invading the beaches and become more affordable. Usually with white and blue stripes and fringes, they are bought in drugstore or in shops selling beach articles. Today the manufacture of umbrellas has become industrialized, although in Italy there are still many artisans who produce them. At Villa le Barone, the yellow umbrellas on the terrace in front of the entrance are our signature and welcome Villa le Barone’s guests. Then can afterwards relax by our infinity pool and admire the Chianti magnificent landscape under the shade of traditional white and blue or large unbleached umbrellas.