If you've never heard of the artists Foggini and Soldani, you will from now on!?
INTERIOR OF DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS ... WORK OF ART FROM MEDICI EXHIBIT ... PORTRAIT OF ANNA MARIA LUISA DE MEDICI The Detroit Institute of arts assembled the new exhibit, called "Twilight of the Medici," from treasures of Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici, who died in 1743.
WORKS IN SILVER BY GIOVANNI FOGGINI Works like these, in silver, may will long-overdue fame for sculptor Giovanni Foggini, according to Detroit art experts.
TWO PAINTINGS FROM MEDICI EXHIBIT They borrowed over 300 late-Medici masterpieces from sources ranging from tiny churches to the Queen of England.
BRONZE SCULPTURE BY MASSIMILIANO SOLDANI Another genius, Soldani, has major works in the show.
"SAINI ALEXIS" RELIQUARY BY SOLDANI This is Soldani's "Saint Alexis."
MRS. FORD WITH INLAID MARBLE KNEELING STAND Mrs. Henry Ford the Second is a patron of the Medici family exhibit.
MRS. FORD (LIP SYNC): "THIS TIME WAS THE HIGHEST POINT OF CRAFTMANSHIP. EVEN THE SIMPLEST OBJECT USED BY THE FAMILY WAS A WORK OF ART."
(MRS. FORD VOICE-OVER):
BEJEWELED KNIFE GRINDER "A KNIFE GRINDER, ONLY FIVE INCHES HIGH, IS MADE FROM IVORY, METAL AND PRECIOUS JEWELS."
IVORY MULE CARRYING IVORY MONKEY AND PERFUME BOTTLES "THIS LITTLE MULE IS A PERFUME HOLDER."
SOLDIER MADE OF HUGE PEARL AND JEWELS "MARAVIGLIOSO! DIVINO! FANTASTICO!"
From: Muriel Fox, Steve Schiffman, Carolyn Walden & Dick Cunningham
Carl Byoir & Associates, Inc.
800 Second Avenue
New York, New York 10017
IN DETRO!T, VERY GOOD PICTURES OF INTERESTING PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES, PLUS SOME SOF BY MRS. HENRY FORD, 11, WHORPT .... PLUS SOME SOF BY MRS. HENRY FORD THE SECOND, WHO SPONSEREEE SPOH SORED THE SHOWING, SCRIPT ENCLOSED.
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Background: If you've never heard of the artists Foggini and Soldani, you will from now on! These Italian masters, and others of their time who were sponsored by the Medici family of Florence, may gain new glory through an exhibit in a leading American museum.
It seems fitting that the Medici family, who helped launch the Italian Renaissance, should be honored by Detroit, which calls its new downtown complex "Renaissance Center." The Medici spirit lives on in America!