Still lifes and their hermetic language
Villa Medicea of Poggio a Caiano – Still Life Museum
The Medici family cultivated a great passion for the study of natural sciences and their translation into painting. Thus, as had often happened in other artistic fields, also in that of ‘still life’ it was the Medici who dictated the orientation towards that type of depiction in Florence.
Behind this magnificent ‘art’, which traces its origins back to very ancient times, but which saw its greatest expression in the 17th and 18th centuries, there is much more than a simple reproduction dedicated to the world of nature: one only has to look at these paintings to realise that this kind of painting is permeated by a hermetic holistic symbolism.
Cosimo III de’ Medici and Grand Prince Ferdinando found in Bartolomeo Bimbi a superlative interpreter, but he was not the only one who knew how to translate that ‘silent nature’ into a true ‘deposit of spirituality’.
Visiting the rooms of the Museo della Natura Morta hosted in the Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano, we will be able to immerse ourselves in that silent world of beauty and intimate atmospheres.
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