Tue, September 27, 2022
18:00 – 19:30
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy
Presentation of the Reggia di Caserta exhibition (July 1 – November 6, 2022)
A kaleidoscope of representations from the Renaissance to the early Nineteenth Century that cross and affect the whole Peninsula in the diversity of landscapes, cultural models and lifestyles, evoking, through contact with nature, the lost Eden to which man always aspires. The gardens painted or reproduced aim to immortalize their fleeting beauty, to pass it on over time. The relationship between the royal garden and its representations also stimulates visitors to carefully reflect on the protection and preservation of the nature that surrounds us.
A presentation by co-curator, Alberta Campitelli, followed by a conversation with Francesca Baldry (Villa La Pietra Collection Manager), Nick Dakin-Elliot (La Pietra Horticultural Associate) and Bruce Edelstein (Coordinator for Graduate Programs and Advanced Research, NYU Florence).
As part of the Museum Meetings Fall 2022 program
(Painting in banner image: J.Ph. Hackert, Landscape with the Palace at Caserta, 1793, olio on canvas, 93×130, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid)
Two important paintings from Villa La Pietra’s Collection are on loan to an exhibition at the Villa Reale, Caserta
For most of the past hundred years two 17th century paintings by Joseph Heinz the Younger, showing Villa d’Este, Tivoli and Villa Mattei Celimontana, Rome, have hung in Villa La Pietra's Camera Blu, a guest bedroom with a fantastic view down the Viale, but today they may be seen on loan at the "Fragments of Paradise. Gardens over time" exhibition at the Royal Palace, Caserta. So important are these paintings, though, that this is not the first time they have been loaned out, the last occasion was in 1931 when they were to be seen at Palazzo Vecchio, here in Florence, in the "The Italian Garden" exhibition.