Sunday, 10 December 2017
An afternoon with the Corsini's
Today I met up with my friend and together we visited the Corsini exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery. A fantastic collection of renaissance paintings from the private collection of the illustrious Corsini's whose history goes back to somewhere around 1300 and includes a family saint, three cardinals and Pope Clement XII. I was interested as I had read that one painting was by Caravaggio and another by Botticelli. Well, I didn't hit it off with Caravaggio but the Botticelli was amazing!
Obviously castles are cold places and this huge portal curtain was on display - not for its draught stopping qualities but because it bears the coat of arms of the family. Embroidered in gold and silver on a heavy velvet type of fabric it had survived the centuries reasonably intact.