The Metropolitan Museum presents the romantic obsession of the Italy of the Renaissance. An exceptional accumulation of masterpieces.
"I burn like a Phoenix under the fire of your kisses." And I die. Life will return with the breath of your appearance. "This is a declaration of love as it is more. It dates from the 16th century in Italy and find accurate worms of this poem, to go to New York more quickly. The Metropolitan Museum dedicated an exhibition to artistic expressions of love to the Renaissance. Showcase 150 works is spectacular. It is caught one room to another by the beauty of the objects hit the symbolic of the union. Tables, of course, but also dishes, jewelry, glassware, music and instruments of cloth, as precisely this belt on which were embroidered in the 16th century in Italy supra galant poem.
The merit of the exhibition is to make this subject scholar and codified accessible. It is organized in thematic nicely introduced by titles such as "I give you this as a pledge of my love" or "I you give my hand, give me a ring. Masterpieces parade begins... A profusion of art celebrate the marriages. It is at Murano in 1499 for example that has manufactured a large cup of glass painted the arms of Louis XII and Anne of Brittany. But especially, in the 16th century, several Italy such as Urbino, Gubbio, Ravenna, Faenza cities give birth to a beautiful gloss ceramic, the majoliques production. These earthenware are extensively decorated to fashion of the time, inspired by antiquity.
Wages of beauty
The portrait of the couple is shown, each on a plate, profile, as in the tables in the same period. For the wedding, coats of arms combine on the decor of the vases, as to 1470 when the Medici and Orsini families combine. Shake the hands of the dynasties and it is also the subject of a setting of maiolica dish created in Faenza to 1490. It must combine the surnames. On the view are made of mussels cake which are very similar to and mussels to communion wafers. The statement, dated from the beginning of the 16th century, is engraved on behalf of Nicolo and Paulina Lugli.
To get this far, it took give some wages of beauty and virtue. The bride, when it is called Beatrice of Aragon, daughter of the King of Naples, so order to 1474 to the sculptor Francesco Laurana (died in Avignon in 1502) his bust of marble almost life-size, as evidence of the fineness of its features. Case concluded... The wedding with Matthias Corvin, King of Hungary, was held in 1476. The present to the future Lady is also an opportunity to recall a few moral rules. Rich box manufactured in Siena in the 15th century, pushed leather decor, designed to contain cosmetics, was offered at a promise of marriage. It is marked with a maxim that invites the future married to modesty and wisdom: "virtue makes the beautiful woman." Another interpretation: the passing time, the aging woman retained through his character, an inner beauty.
The pleasure of the flesh
Love is also the pleasure of the flesh and a small section of the exhibition is devoted to the subject. Prior same Arcimboldo, Gubbio in 1536, a ceramist had imagined, according to the principle that will make most later famous master, a flat painted a portrait of man entirely composed of phallus. Also include this small bronze Italian, usually at the château of Ecouen, the explicit theme of a couple of full copulating satyrs completed around 1524. But the most singular of the exhibition is the room dedicated to the decoration of the House of the husband. Special decorative care is given to this place where the couple unites. A huge trunk, very elaborate, last vestige of the furniture of the middle ages, there is often prepared. For example, it is painted on the inside, a stunning primitive, almost surreal, Venus represented languid on a cushion by the Florentine Paolo Schiavo (1397-1478).
The walls may also allow sets which themes are unexpected as this painting by Botticelli and his studio showing a scene from terrible violence the "Decameron" in which the bride refused to her husband is devoured by dogs. And then there is Titian and his "Venus", which is outside of sensuality, lying on a bed with a small dog, placed near an organist plays the music of love. And still: Laure, a beautiful dépoitraillée with high regard, represented by Giorgione. It would have liked the exhibition Vienna at the Louvre...