Stibbert Museum Announces The Renaissance of Italian Majolica Exhibition

. September 29, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Stibbert Museum presents The Renaissance of Italian Majolica an exhibition on view September, 30th 2011 – April, 15th 2012.

The artifacts on display at the Stibbert are spectacular, with vibrant colours and lively shapes. Extraordinarily elegant majolicas together with a set of drawings from the Cantagalli Collection as well as numerous examples from the Doccia Museum, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the William De Morgan Foundation in London as well as from the Musée National de la Céramique in Sèvres make the event a unique opportunity.

The house-Museum dedicated to Frederick Stibbert (1838-1906), an English citizen born in Florence who himself remodelled the house in the form of a neo-Gothic castle, offers the visitor a view of the extraordinary collections put together by its owner over the course of an intense life made of journeys and research dedicated to his interest in the exotic and the applied arts, in a variety that ranges from armour to porcelain to furniture and from European men’s and women’s clothing to Islamic civil and military costume and costumes of the Far East. Especially intriguing, in this singular context, is the clear testimony to Stibbert’s late 19th-century eclectic taste provided by theatrical arrangement of the objects in rooms themselves evoking different styles of the past, from the Middle Ages to the Napoleonic period; the park mirrors the house, with suggestive corners and many references to things ancient.

curated by L. Frescobaldi Malenchini and

Category: Art Culture