On the occasion of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, we are glad to present – in our gallery located in Via Maggio 40r, Florence – a window entirely dedicated to music. On view, it will be possible to see a comparison between two masterpieces, namely the work Natura morta con strumenti musicali by the school of Evaristo Baschenis (Bergamo 1617 – 1677) and the work Vierge Fière Jouant du Violon Devant un Mur (1974) by Arman.
The lute shown in perspective in the 17th century painting and the score lying on the edge of the table appear as a unique composition of optical approach of Lombard painting that became popular in the Seventeenth century, combing a Caravaggesque use of light with a Baroque predilection for scenic views.
On the other hand, the violin and bow by Arman lead us both to a reality of matter and to French Nouveau réalisme from the ‘60s-70s. Through a musical instrument turned to sculpture, music is here materialized in the form of a fossil in concrete.