To mark the 300th anniversary of the death of the Grand Prince Ferdinando de’ Medici (1663-1713), the Uffizi Gallery devotes a celebratory exhibition to one of the most important collectors and patrons of the arts in the entire history of the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
The son of Cosimo III and of Marguerite-Louise d’Orléans, Ferdinando nurtured two overriding interests from a very early age: theater and music and the figurative arts.
Anton Domenico Gabbiani: Musicians and singers for the Grand Prince Ferdinando
The exhibition sets out to convey the complexity of his interests and the innovative nature of his approach which drew the leading artists of the era (musicians, instrumentalists, painters and sculptors) to Florence between the end of the 17th century and the first decade of the 18th.
The exhibition occupies eight rooms, adopting a strictly geographical approach to illustrate these artists’ output with a reasoned selection of the prestigious work that they produced either during their stay in the Italian peninsula or immediately after their return home.
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