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Robert Mapplethorpe

The sensitive lens

Info
  • Edited by Flaminia Gennari Santori
  • Size 18x24 cm
  • Binding Paperback
  • Pages 120
  • Illustrations 90
  • Language Italian
  • Year 2019
  • ISBN 9788842225041
  • Price € 24,00
Synopsis

The classical (but disruptive) aesthetics of a great photographerIn 1883, Prince Tommaso Corsini sold the palace to the Italian State, at the same time donating all the furniture, the library, the art gallery and the collection of prints. The history of the Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini starts with that donation. Today, in the same rooms where approximately 280 years ago Cardinal Neri was deciding how to arrange his paintings in the most elegant and impressive manner for himself and his guests, we continue to think about the great category of collecting and the relationship between works and the spaces created for their enjoyment. This book tells the story of the exhibition which, between March and October 2019, brought the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe face to face with the settings of Cardinal Neri, trying to highlight the principles of symmetry and variety from which the American photographer drew his inspiration and the important role that collecting art and studying the “Old Masters”, in his case the great photographers of the 18th century, played in his early career and in the definition of his “eye”.

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