However some of the other venues were, blessedly, crowd free: the Medici Chapel at San Lorenzo and the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which like many buildings is undergoing restoration. Despite the work going on the in the courtyard it was still possible to see the beautiful frescoes of the Magi Chapel. And they have an interactive space to find out more about Gozzoli's work - sort of a human point and click - very state of the art. Other than that there was the Marble Museum (one very strange bust, but more about that later) and an exhibition by a Chinese artist Yang Maoyuan.
Now Firenze is not a city I immediately associate with modern art - the great Medieval and Renaissance masters yes but modern stuff??????And more particularly modern art in one of the Medici palaces? But the exhibition is very firmly grounded in classical art - or more specifically classical sculptures of busts.
The first gallery held rows of busts from the classical Greek and Roman periods displayed much as they are in all the museums in Italy. At first it was a slightly eerie feeling to see these incomplete faces but also in a way it there was a quiet fascination about the smooth white surfaces that surrounded them.
I found it a fascinating exhibition but also am wondering if part of that fascination wasn't intensified by the contrast to the works that are on constant display as you walk through the streets of Firenze.
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