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Palazzo Pitti, the exhibition dedicated to Cardinal Leopoldo de 'Medici

From 07/11/2017 to 28/01/2018

In the fourth centenary of the birth of Leopoldo de 'Medici (Florence, 1617-1675), son of Grand Duke Cosimo II and of the Archduke Maria Magdalena of Austria, the Galleries of the Uffizi wanted to devote a his figure with the purpose of presenting to the public significant examples of his taste in the various fields in which he exercised his knowledge.
An encyclopedic figure of scholar, who became cardinal at the age of fifty , Leopoldo de 'Medici, stands out in the panorama of European collections for the vastness of his interests and the variety of works he has collected. Using excellent Italian and foreign agents, merchants and secretaries, gathered throughout his life exquisite and refined exemplars in the most varied areas of the world: ancient and modern sculptures, coins, medals, camels, paintings, drawings and engravings, ivory, precious objects and gemstones, portraits of small and large format, books, scientific instruments and natural rarities. Scrupulous man and thoughtful indole left traces of his enthusiasm in the rich correspondence with the agents, recently edited and well-known to critics.
At the death of the Cardinal, most of his works belonged to the Grand Ducal collections, and many of them were specifically designed by the granddaughter Cosimo III to embellish the Uffizi Gallery: the systematic entrance of Leopold's heritage into collections of the main museum of the Tuscan House caused one of the most radical renovations in its history.
In the exhibition there will also be paintings, sculptures and miniatures depicting Leopoldo de 'Medici during the time of the
, from the little-known painting of Giuseppe Suttermans's castle Konopiště, which shows him child, dressed in polish on horseback by a festive gardener, pictures of painting and sculpture that depict him in his new cardinality (since 1667), are divided into sections of the exhibition, housed in the prestigious treasury halls of the Treasury of the Grand Duke Palazzo Pitti. Just in the Medici Regiment were originally guarded his vast collections, housed in his magnificent apartment on the second floor of Palazzo Pitti, tastefully decorated with the Roman Baroque.
Interested in distant landscapes, lived through literary chronicles, Leopold brought together in her collections natural rarities and precious objects from the East and the New World countries: 113> to Japanese lacquer objects, from Indonesian weapons to the very rare travertinite mask from IV-V century AD coming from Teotihuacan (Mexico ). From Northern Europe sculptural groups in ivory of sacred and profane nature, while the profound religiousness that breathed in the Medici court prompted him to commission precious reliquaries that, dispersed during the eighteenth century in some basilicas of Tuscany, are met at the exhibition.