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Carlo Dolci on Display


After the restoration of 33 works by Carlo Dolci, the Palatine Gallery is hosting an exhibition on the famous Florentine painter until November 15. The exhibit provides an opportunity to deepen knowledge of Dolci’s painterly technique, which included a range of highly original methods, such as the application of gold dust to create a nuanced effect for haloes.


An artist lauded by the critics and biographers of his day for producing works unique to their genre, Dolci (1616–1687) was popular with members of the Medici family and the European aristocracy, distinguishing himself with the masterly definition of his figures, which were often captured in poses of ecstasy, and his devoted attention to details. Describing Dolci’s ability to paint jewels, his biographer Filippo Baldinucci wrote that they were “imitated in such an astounding (and real) fashion that, however much one might touch the canvas to make sure that they were in fact painted, the eye still harboured doubt.”


The exhibition showcases works taken from some of Florence’s leading museums as well as renowned public and private international collections, including the British Museum in London, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Burghley House near Stamford, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Brest, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid and the Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has loaned Dolci’s fabulous Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist for the occasion, which has never been shown in Italy before.


Carlo Dolci: 1616–87

Until November 15

Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti



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