“I’ll decide in January, it’s not certain, but I’ll think about it after Christmas. It’s too early, I don’t even have time. First, I finish my term at the Uffizi Gallery.” For the first time, the director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt, confirms what, in Florence and the rest of Italy, our readers have known for months: barring last-minute bumps, the native of Freiburg will be the man supported by the center-right to conquer the Palazzo Vecchio. The natural and necessary prudence will be transformed into enthusiasm and the desire to defeat the Democratic Party after January 6th. That week, according to our privileged sources, an official announcement will be made.
A name, Schmidt, that literally terrified the Tuscan democrats. A figure of great charisma, immense culture and anti-fatigue. In other words, unassailable. The art historian went to Rome to “return” the portrait of Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Tuscany, to Palazzo Madama. The work representing the noblewoman nicknamed “La Madama”, which entered the Uffizi Gallery on July 5, 1721, is the only existing portrait of the first Duchess of Tuscany and is part of the “Series of the Most Serene Princes” or “Court Series “, of official portraits of the most eminent members of the Medici family, consisting of 41 paintings. Present at the press conference, in addition to the director of the Florentine museum, were the president of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa, the Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano and the senator of Fratelli d’Italia, Paolo Marcheschi.
The portrait, on loan from the Uffizi Gallery until next summer, will be housed in the Ostrich Room, adorned with a carved wooden ceiling, whose style must date back to the mid-16th century, the period in which the “Madama” spent her years. at the Palace. Margaret of Austria, natural daughter of Emperor Charles V, was promised in marriage to Alessandro de Medici as a child. At just eleven years old she left the imperial court to move to Naples. During her trip to the Neapolitan city, from May 6 to 13, 1533, she stopped in Rome, where she stayed at the Palazzo Medici, in the Circo Agonale, which was later named Palazzo “Madama” in her honor.
Source: IL Tempo
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