self-portraits of comic book artists to hang in the Uffizi | Entertainment News
MILAN (AP) – The Italy of the Uffizi, the museum in Florence that houses some of the most famous arts in the Western world, expands its collection of self-portraits with works by comic book artists in an effort to expand its audience museum director Eike Schmidt said on Wednesday. .
The self-portraits of 52 of Italy’s best-known comic artists, commissioned as part of an initiative by the Uffizi, the Italian Minister of Culture and Lucca Comics & Games, form the core of the new collection. The collection of comic book artists will grow each year to include a portrait of a “grandmaster” chosen by Lucca Comics, an annual convention held in the Tuscan town of Lucca.
“From today comics enter the Uffizi collection, creating a new collection field at the Uffizi Galleries,” Schmidt said at a press conference in Florence.
Schmidt said comics had been neglected in the museum world and that the museum’s efforts to correct this followed the spirit of Cardinal Leopold de Medici, who launched the existing portrait collection in the 1600s, by commissioning portraits of artists he knew personally.
The 52 new portraits will be exhibited in Lucca from October 8 to November 9. 1, then moved to the Uffizi, where they will join a permanent collection containing works by masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Leonardo da Vinci.
“The Uffizi thus becomes one of the first museums of classical art to bet on the vitality and the creative force of the ninth art”, declared the Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini.
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