Following the announcement that the Caravaggio exhibitions running in Florence have seen their runs extended into 2011 comes news that two other Florence art exhibitions have also been extended.
‘Parigi val bene una messa’ (official site link) at the Medici Chapels, due to close on November the 2nd has now been extended until the 16th of January 2011, and ‘Virtues of Love’ (official site link) at the Academy Gallery has been extended until the 12th of December (originally due to close on the 1st of November 2010).
When Italian galleries hold special exhibitions (more often than not they are holding one), the ticket price is increased – the price we show you on tickitaly.com will always include this, although sometimes, as has happened here, we get told very late in the day of such schedule changes, and we may need to contact people who have already placed orders to let them know that the price has increased, usually by 2 or 3 Euro per ticket.
The exhibition celebrates Enrico 4th, King of France, who converted to Catholicism and married Maria de’ Medici, in a series of paintings by noted Florentine masters.
A quote taken from our page on the main site covering this exhibition:
The Florentine Renaissance bedroom was a temple to art, to tradition, to ritual, to family and to love, and no more was this celebrated than in the sumptuously ornate spalliere – headboards – and bedroom chests, such as the Accademia’s Cassone Adimari.
The nuptial paintings were far from being titallatory, serving as they did to reinforce messages of warning as well as encouragement for the room’s occupants to live lives of exemplary conduct, testimony to the importance of husband and wife and family. The works draw on religion, classical mythology, fabled history and contemporary literature to serve up themes on all aspects of love, from devotion and denial (for women, natch), duty, the triumph of love over hardship, and the risks of love as sexual beguilement (again, woman, evil temptress, man, weak fool).