Pietro Annigoni: the Presence of an Artist on the 25th Anniversary of his death

From London with love:  major portrait of a lady by Pietro Annigoni exhibited for the first time in public; it depicts the German-born British Baroness Stefania von Kories

From 15 October to 6 January 2014 at the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze many curiosities and works exhibited for the first time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the death of the master.

An impressive painting by Pietro Annigoni, depicting the English lady of German origin Stefania von zu Kories Goetzen, is on exhibit for the first time at 'Peter Annigoni: presence of an artist' being held in the exhibition space of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze from October 15 to January 6 2014.

The painting, of considerable size, was produced between 1958 and 1959 in the studio of the painter in Florence Borgo Albizi and portrays this well known figure in her youth to the tabloids for the attractiveness and extraordinary jewelry she wore. The lady, born in the United States in 1938 and deceased in March, spent the last years of her life in London in order to obtain British citizenship and distinguished herself for her civic commitment. The master was impressed by her volcanic personality and radiant beauty to the point of creating a full-length portrait of considerable size, departing from his usual standard. The painting was donated to the 'Pietro Annigoni' Museum at the Villa Bardini, with the sole condition of the owner in her will, that it be exposed to the public permanently. So now the work returns to Florence, the city in which it was conceived.

The exhibition, curated by Emanuele BARLETTI collaboration with Arabella Cifani and Franco Monetti, is promoted and organized by Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and the Guelpa Foundation in Ivrea with Scarlett Secret Annigoni. It is sponsored by the Piedmont Region, Tuscany Region, Municipalities of Bagno a Ripoli, Florence, Ivrea, Milan, Pontefract, Stia, and collaborates with the foundations Monumental Parks Bardini and Peyron and Digital Renaissance.

Many curiosities and works unseen for a total of 150 pieces that come from the Ente Cassa Annigoni Fund, the Foundation Guelpa and public and private collections that reveal a Annigoni largely unknown. On the occasion of the exhibition, the 'Pietro Annigoni' Museum, created in 2008 to exhibit permanently works and drawings sold by the children of the painter, Benedetto and Ricciarda, will be reopened to the public.  The Museum has been redesigned by Samuel Marcuccio with new spaces and a new setting.

Opening Hours:  Monday-Friday 9.00am-7.00pm; Saturday and Sunday 10.00am-1.00pm; 3.00pm-7.00pm
Entrance:  free
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