At 15:00 on September 11, the third lecture of the "Follow Italian Museum Directors to Gain Insight into the History of Western Art" museum theme lecture, "A trip between the museums of Florence in the name of the Medici" was held at Ningbo Museum as scheduled. In this lecture, Inkred International continued its cooperation with Zhong Art International and invited Professor Stefano Casciu, Director of the General Directorate of Museums in Tuscany, Italy, to give a live lecture in the library of the National Museum of San Marco, Italy, and brought a cultural feast to more than 100 Ningbo citizens in Ningbo Museum through online broadcast. President Wang Lijun of the Ningbo Museum attended the lecture as a guest and delivered a speech. The event was held online and offline at the same time, and many visitors participated in the lecture through online meetings, satisfying the demand of the public to experience the original Italian culture without leaving home.
Director of the General Directorate of Museums in Tuscany, Italy
The lecture hall on the third floor of Ningbo Museum was full of audiences
During the two-hour lecture, Professor Casciu talked about the ups and downs of the Medici family, the villa of the Medici family, and its many valuable collections. The Medici family was the dominant family in Florence from the 15th century to the mid-18th century, and its wealth and power came from business and wool processing, but it was banking and finance that made it famous and gradually became the pinnacle of Italian high society. The Medici family contributed greatly to the development of the Renaissance, and their financial support of artists and architects enabled many familiar artists, such as the sculptor Michelangelo, to leave many cultural treasures for future generations.
citizens listened and recorded carefully
After a brief overview of the Medici family, Prof. Casciu showed several bronze sculptures from the collection of the San Marco Museum and then presented us with a beautiful view of the Medici family villa. After enjoying several aerial video clips of the villa and a ten-minute documentary on the Villa Medici, the audience, both online and offline, was impressed by the magnificence and sophistication of the villa. In addition, Prof. Kashu also introduced us to several pieces of Chinese culture-related collections, such as the Fagiano Dorata Della Cina painted by Bimbi Bartolomeo, showing the cultural interplay between Italy and China.
Professor Cashu explained the origins of Medici villas to the public
Fagiano dorata della Cina Bimbi Bartolomeo 1708
La Villa Medicea Di Petraia Atrium
Professor Casciu in the library of the San Marco Museum
In the Q&A session, the audience, both online and offline, actively considered and asked thoughtful questions, such as whether the Reformation had an impact on the development of art in Florence, how the Medici family specifically financed artists, what are the similarities and differences between Italian heritage conservation work and cultural conservation in China, and so on. Professor Casciu answered these questions for us one by one and further expanded on them, saying that many art collections have been lost to the people or damaged in various ways due to the rise and fall of families and dynasties, while the Medici family's collection has survived intact because the last family heir chose to donate all the collections to Florence at the end of his life, making many treasures and buildings intact and enjoyable for us today. At the same time, he also said that Italy's restoration technology has always been at the forefront of the world, and every year many scholars go to Italy to communicate the conservation of cultural relics, he also hopes to further strengthen cooperation and exchange with other countries in this field, including China, to better protect cultural relics.
The project "Follow Italian Museum Director to Gain Insight into the History of Western Art History" is a series of Renaissance lectures and forums planned by Inkred International and Zhong Art International, under the guidance of Ningbo Foreign Affairs Office, in collaboration with Italian museums in Florence, local museums or art museums in Ningbo and other professional institutions. The fourth lecture of this project will be held on September 25, and Angelo Tartuferi, director of San Marco Museum in Italy, will deliver a lecture entitled "The Museum of San Marco in Florence, between the past and the future" for the audience participating in the lecture, which will then further deepen the communication and cooperation with Italian museums. For those who are interested, please stay in touch with the latest news.