08 November 2011

Bankers Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities

I was able to sneak in a visit to this very intriguing exhibition in Florence at the Palazzo Strozzi.  A mixture of art, images and artifacts that followed the rise and fall of the renaissance in Florence.  It was not very difficult to see how closely the events of this time period mirrors those of modern day...

"Has an exhibition ever been better timed? "Money and Beauty: Banking, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities" is a meditation on the centrality of the banking system and financial speculation in shaping the wider culture. At a moment when everyone in the Western world is only too aware of the fact that decisions made on Wall Street or in the markets of London, Frankfurt or Tokyo can have a direct impact on the course of our lives, this frankly stunning show at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence charts the birth of modern banking and the art that it made possible."  

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