- The Art Gallery of Western Australia's (AGWA) major international exhibition opens on February 24, 2018 with a Florentine Festival Day
- AGWA is the only Australian venue for the exhibition, A Window on Italy - The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence
- First time the Corsini family's collection has travelled outside Italy
- Exhibition is rich in Renaissance and Baroque paintings
On Saturday (February 24), the Art Gallery of Western Australia will welcome masterworks from the private art collection of the Italian noble family, the Corsinis, to WA.
In its only Australian showing, the exhibition, A Window on Italy - The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence will open with a day of celebration featuring Italian music, food and drink, traditional dance, puppet theatre, and an insight into the exhibition.
The exhibition features Renaissance and Baroque paintings by renowned Italian artists including Botticelli, Caravaggio and Pontormo. Also on display will be decorative items and objects from the Corsini family's home, the Palazzo Corsini, on the banks of Florence's Arno River.
Corsini family members will attend the official opening on Thursday, February 22 and the ticketed exhibition opens to the public on February 24. Tickets are on sale at http://www.artgallery.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"As the only Australian venue of this extraordinary exhibition, A Window on Italy - the Corsini Collection will provide a cultural and economic boost for Western Australia.
"The exhibition has attracted strong private philanthropic support to bring the exhibition to Perth, highlighting that there is a keen desire for a thriving arts and culture scene in Western Australia.
"I am delighted to welcome Countess Livia Sanminiatelli Branca and Countess Elisabetta Minutoli Tegrimi Piegaja to Western Australia for the opening of this major international exhibition. The opening day event will provide a fantastic celebration of this exhibition arriving in Perth, and offer a vibrant look at Italian culture, here and abroad."
Minister's office - 6552 5400