Clet Abraham – How a contemporary artist exhibits his work at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

In the Palazzo Vecchio’s gallery in Florence there isn’t now the portrait of Battiferri Laura, the sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati‘s wife, painted by Agnolo di Cosimo usually known as “Il Bronzino” between 1555 and 1560, because it’s staying in Palazzo Strozzi at the exhibition “Bronzino. Artist and Poet at the Court of the Medici” until january 2011.

 

Portrait of Laura Battiferri, c. 1560; Oil on canvas; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.

 

Thursday, October 7, a contemporary artist , Clet Abraham, 44 years old, went to the Palazzo Vecchio‘s Gallery with a briefcase and stealthily placed his own self-portrait where the Battiferri’s portrait were. Friday night the portrait has been removed when someone noticed the painting must not to be there.

 

Abraham's self-portrait in Palazzo Vecchio

 

The author’s words: “There I took it myself, it was a joke, a way to attract attention to artists who live and work in Florence”.

The City Council’s words: “We’re doing an investigation, if it’s a joke with the complicity of a guardian, no problem. If he’s really managed to get into undisturbed, there is a seriuos security problem.

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