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The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence

The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence

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  • Wed 6 Sep ’17, 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Wed 13 Sep ’17, 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Wed 20 Sep ’17, 11:00am – 1:00pm


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Join Auckland Art Gallery’s Senior Curator Mary Kisler as each week she explores Florentine life through Renaissance and Baroque artworks in The Corsini Collection.

The University of Auckland Continuing Education has partnered with Auckland Art Gallery to provide a unique perspective on the upcoming exhibition The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence opening at Auckland Art Gallery on September 2.

Led by Auckland Art Gallery’s Senior Curator Mary Kisler, the course will take participants on an in-depth journey into Renaissance art and ideas drawing on the Corsini’s remarkable collection including masterpieces by Botticelli, Caravaggio, Pontormo and Rigaud. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the history of an extraordinary family, who turned their love and passion for art into a true vocation. This is the first time the collection has travelled outside of Italy.

Course outline:
Session 1: Setting the Scene – The city of Florence, its history and its people
Through the eyes of the Corsini family, this lecture will provide an overview of the city of Florence, the leading families of the time, and in particular the Medici, encapsulated within the world view of the time.

Session 2: The Corsini family across time
The history of the Corsini family; their rise to fame, spiritually, politically and socially, on both the local and broader European stage. Although they began their relationship with Florence in discreet dwellings in Oltrano in the 14th century, they went on to build the only Baroque palace in the city, serving as a magnificent backdrop to an art collection that still remains today.

Session 3: The Collection
This final lecture will focus on the history of the collection, providing insights into some of the major works coming to Auckland, including original paintings by Botticelli and Caravaggio, as well as introducing a number of Italian artists less familiar to New Zealand audiences. This lecture will also consider the role of the Corsini family today, and the lengths the family were prepared to go to protect and retain what is now the only private collection of art in Florence.

Image credit:
Anton Domenico Gabbiani Glorification of the Corsini Family: Sketch for the Ceiling Fresco of the Presentation Room of the Palazzo (detail) 1694–95
Florence, Galleria Corsini

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