Exhibition | Real Time and Time of Reality: Clocks at the Pitti Palace

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on September 11, 2016

Opening this week at the Pitti Palace:

Real Time and Time of Reality: Clocks from the Pitti Palace
Tempo reale e tempo della realtà: Gli orologi di Palazzo Pitti dal XVII al XIX secolo
Palazzo Pitti, Florence, 13 September 2016 — 8 January 2017

Curated by Simonella Condemi and Enrico Colle


Amphora-shaped clock, made in Paris, 1810–20, gilt bronze (Florence: Museo Stibbert)

The exhibition will comprise a significant selection of roughly eighty clocks out of the almost two hundred pieces in the Palazzo Pitti’s collection, testifying to the passage of time for those whose daily lives were played out in the Florentine palace in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The selection of these singular objets d’art will allow visitors to admire the astonishing technical and artistic quality of these timepieces in the various different forms and formats in which they were produced, revealing their duality comprising, on the one hand, an often sophisticated and complex mechanism, and on the other, a case which started out life as a cover for the mechanism but which gradually turned into a work of art in its own right.

Additional information (in Italian) and images are available here»

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