Through September 28, 2014 in Florence – ITALY
The Galleria Palatina in collaboration with the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi dedicates a monographic exhibition to painter Jacopo Ligozzi. Born in Verona in 1547 into a family of Milanese embroiderers and son of painter Giovanni Ermanno, Ligozzi’s early activity unfolded on Veronese soil. He soon moved to Florence where, in 1577, his presence is documented at the court of the Grand Duke Francesco I, where he set up a successful bottega and lived stably until his death in 1627.
The first section is dedicated to the artist’s early activity at the Medici court, where from his arrival Ligozzi was highly appreciated as a draughtsman of natural history exhibits known as naturalia, for his refined production of drawings painted with watercolors or highlighted in gold. Ligozzi displayed an extraordinary skill in portraying plants and animals full of spirit, documenting the evolution of the plant and animal world. He achieved the results of unprecedented naturalness through a refined technique, where the fineness of the outline is combined with the variety of the color.
The forty-four botanical plates displayed at the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi are part of the vast core of work commissioned by the Grand Dukes Francesco I and Ferdinando I de’ Medici. It represents a section of the Jacopo Ligozzi, «pittore universalissimo» exhibition held in the Palatine Gallery of the Pitti Palace and organized in collaboration with the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe. At the Palatine Gallery, you can appreciate the heterogeneous production of the Veronese artist, while the Uffizi section focuses on a single aspect of his extensive naturalistic production. The drawings effectively illustrate his meticulous care and the splendor of colors, characteristics that ensured Ligozzi a wide reputation.
He later enjoyed the same success as a portraitist. The artist was also a talented creator of decorative apparatus, as well as a painter of history, as in the large paintings on slate on the walls of the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio. Ligozzi also distinguished himself as a talented and sensitive designer of clothing, embroideries for fabrics, as well as of creations in semiprecious stones. Another focus of the exhibition is on the religious production the painter devoted himself to from his years of service at the Medici court. Ligozzi was truly a “universal painter.”
More than one hundred works are on exhibit, including loans from prestigious international institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the British Museum of London, the Albertina of Vienna, and the Louvre.
For more information: www.unannoadarte.it/ligozzi/eng/index.html
Tickets to the Palatine Gallery:
Full price € 13.00, Reduced € 6.50
Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe are included with a general admission to the Uffizi Gallery.