Do you recognize this Renaissance icon?
The artist Mario Ceroli celebrates Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" with these two gilded high reliefs, titled "Girls of Florence", which frame the entrance to the Ambasssador's study at Villa Firenze Residence. The iconic figure is carved out inexpensive pine wood and stripped of all monumentality, reduced to the essential. Ceroli creates a playful reference between Italian classical art and the influences of American pop art.
This is the first post of the series dedicated to the project "Villa Firenze Contemporanea", conceived by Ambassador Mariangela Zappia and curated by professor and architect Renata Cristina Mazzantini. It presents an elegant and refined selection of contemporary Italian art and design through the works of great Italian artists and masters of design placed within the Tudor architecture of the Residence. Each piece or artist shares a special connection to the United States.
Photo by Massimo Listri