Giorgio Vasari and Patience's Allegory
Show at Galleria Palatina
From 26/11/2013 to 05/01/2014 The Gallery is organizing an exhibition focusing on one of the most important paintings from the Medici collections, the Patience Allegory, now preserved in the Prometeo Hall, and belonged to Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici. The work assigned to Parmigianino in the Pitti Palace inventories, cataloged in the first museum's guide under Francesco Salviati's name, then attributed to Girolamo Siciolante by Federico Zeri, is now recognized as a result of the collaboration between Giorgio Vasari and Gaspar Becerra. The painting shows a young woman captivated by a chain to a rock waiting patiently for the pot to pour forth water drops required to corrode the stone restoring freedom. This image, erudite and highly educated, had gathered a huge success well beyond the Florence's confines, coming soon to the Ferrara court, Ercole II d' Este, which commissioned a new Patience version by Camillo Filippi, to direct it to the so-called "House of patience", in the St. Catherine castle tower in Ferrara. Next allegory of Patience figure same theme's version performed by Camillo and Sebastiano Filippi and kept at the Galleria Estense in Mantova (1553-54), from which even comes the Hercules II bust sculpted by Prospero Sugari, said Clement (1554), and Pompeo Leoni medals always for the Duke (Florence, Bargello, 1554). In addition to these, to illustrate the iconographic motif in its complex genesis, there is a large table from the Venice Academy. It is part of a ceiling in wooden compartments made for the Corner family in 1542; also the small tablet, known erroneously as "Artemisia che piange Mausolo", but that it must be recognized instead as a Patience.