For the Love of God – D. HIRST – Palazzo Vecchio – 2011

The first time I have seen D. Hirst was in Florence, in January 2011. I went to see my brother who lives there.

I knew the artist but never had the chance to see any of  his art.

It was just a coincidence. I was sightseeing and once got to PalAzzo VeCchio I could not believe that For the Love of God found a welcome in this building. To me sounded like the meeting of the new and old which I founded awesome.

Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most important masterwork of the  Italian Renaissance architecture, designed by Vasari, it was home to the Medici Family.

Once you found yourself in front of the Palazzo you quickly realise the Importance of the city in those centuries, it was the DISCOVER OF THE MAN, the man was at the centre of the Universe. It was the For the Love of Godawaking of the man and his qualities, including all arts, painting, sculpture, architecture, new inventions and so on.

This is the age of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Donatello.

All this as been kept for centuries and we have never enough of the huge historical lesson that Reinassance still gives us, today.

 For the Love of God is displayed in the Camera of Duca Cosimo, a little tiny room that we reach by passing through the Studiolo of Francesco I de’ Medici (which is usually closed and just viewable from the doorway). After waiting in line, groups of 12 people at a time enter the studiolo for 2 minutes and then the Camera for another 2 minutes. The latter has been covered with black cloth and is totally dark except for dramatic lighting on the skull itself.

The skull (which is real, it belongs to a man died in 1800) in art usually is a Memento Mori, a reminder of our own mortality.The mortality of the man but not the mortality of the history. All for the Love of God?