Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Saints Remembered Florence Italy
Dear Art Lover,
A lot of cultures have quite exotic rituals about the dead, especially those they deem important dead. Italy, perhaps being Italy, tends to create elaborate sculptural containers out of precious materials. They hold the relics of saints, often parts of bones. The creativity of these containers, as well as the metals and stones that were used, give one an idea of how treasured are these revered creatures.
The images on this page come from some of the collection of the Museo dell’Opera in Florence, Italy. Two of the Florentine-based artists responsible for such artworks are Giovanni Battista Foggini and Bernardo Holzmann. They created the Reliquary of Saint Agatha’s Veils and other relics between 1710 and 1714.
G.B. Foggini, sculptor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Battista_Foggini
Sig. Foggini sculpted the tomb of Galileo Galilei inside Basilica di Santa Croce. After he became his time’s favored sculptor of the Medici, he bought a bronze foundry on Borgo Pinti in Firenze. It was once owned by Giambologna. Who believes this? Sometimes it blows my mind, this city so full for centuries, of artists, architects, and artisans.
Not much is known about Bernardo Holzmann, as far as the place of his birth or the date, but he is likely German. His work is known in Tuscany, mostly connected with the Gran Ducal workshops and G.B. Foggini. He died in 1728 in Florence, Italy.
Here is an article (in Italian) about the artist:
but you may also put his name into Google and then click on “Images” to see much more of his work.
While these designs are too ornate for my personal taste, I like the idea of them. They are signs that we cherish someone with desirable qualities. We cherish a “brava persona,” a person whose words match his actions, a person who thinks of and helps others. We cherish those who truly know how to love.
Cherishing is one of the qualities that we need more of in the world. I love it because it is a cousin to Gratitude and Appreciation. And on that note:
Happy birthday, MOM! You make 70 years look good! Keep on keepin’ on.
Happy 70th birthday to you, my mamma! You made it possible for me to do so many things, most notably, the artist that I strive to be and the courage to try it all. Thanks, Mom. I love you!
Happy 23 December to you all.