What a treat for Western Australians to be privvy to A Window on Italy from the great house of Corsini, showcasing the masterpieces of Florence. This is the first time in 500 years this collection has left Italy and the Art Gallery of Western Australia is the only venue in Australia that it can be seen! Definitely one not to miss.
And there is plenty on offer for all lovers of art and in particular works of the Renaissance and Baroque eras with names such as Botticelli and Tintoretto to name a few, can be found in this fascinating and immense collection.
So many exquisite finds including original paintings of landscapes, mythological, religious, self portraits and much more.
Period costumes of clothes actually worn by Corsini family members on display
Elaborate and opulent dining setting as well as kitchen ware delightfully displayed as it would have been centuries ago. And a gorgeous glimpse into the actual kitchen where Antonietta Corsini recorded her Recipes for Titbits in 1881. These included a sweet bread that needed 12 egg yolks and sugar and then beaten – for half an hour! Talk about a workout! Others included ginger biscuits, pizza and Christmas sweets.
A family tree that reaches back to the 13th century and a rich and vibrant history of the family themselves. The Corsini’s were one of the most prominent families whose name was interwoven and held influence over Florence’s “citizens, politically, culturally and intellectually.”
They even had a family Saint, Andrea Corsini as well as 3 cardinals and Pope Clement XII who were tied to the Corsini name. The portrait of Saint Andrea Corsini was defiled with bullet holes, which you can actually see, by nazi’s in 1944. The family chose not to restore it.
This fascinating portrait and it’s dark history, would never have seen the light of day had it not been for the quick thinking and bravery of Princess Elena Corsini. This amazing woman not only managed to get a large amount of her families collection to safety, but plastered a faux wall to conceal the artworks from the Germans. Apparently her efforts were still wet and the soldier who found the hidden loot was so enraged that there were no jewels that he shot poor Saint Adrian in the head and left the artwork behind. The photos taken do not do any justice to this amazing collection. Do go and see it yourself and learn more about this fascinating family, their history and tireless efforts of procuring, preserving and protecting these beautiful artifacts from such a rich span of time.
Go to the AGWA website and Facebook pages for more information and for special events.
A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection, Masterpieces From Florence
Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth
When: 24 February – 18 June 2018
Cost: Adults: $15 Concession: $12
Time: 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Monday
Call: Info line: 9492 6622 Reception: 9492 6600
- Wisteria Lane, Myaree - May 3, 2018
- Little Olive Leaf Cafe, Willagee - March 15, 2018
- Stockton Lake, Collie - March 1, 2018
- The Corsini Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia - March 1, 2018
- Perth Makers Market, Applecross - February 28, 2018
- Drakesbrook Weir - February 23, 2018
- Waroona Visitors Centre - February 23, 2018
- Black Diamond Lake, Allanson - February 23, 2018
- Kelly’s Cafe & Restaurant, Canning Vale - February 9, 2018
- All Palms Garden Centre, Canning Vale – CLOSED - February 9, 2018