“il Fiorino d’Oro”
Mary Beckinsale, storica d’arte
This lecture outlines the origins of the Florentine coin “the golden florin” of 1252 and examines the impact of the originality of the Florentine Republic’s decision to mint a standard currency. The visual iconography of the coin as well as its future economic and social importance in Florence over time is also explored, placing the ‘fiorino d’oro’ in a much broader historic context.
Bettina Schindler, restauratrice
The “Capsella Samagher” from the 5th century, as one of the rare ivory carved expressions of the time, is one of the few conserved results of the Edict of Theodosius of 395 AC. The Agnus Dei representation introduces the representations of Saint John, followed by late empire, medieval and gothic ivories where the reading of his presence is possible in the Stories of Jesus. Finally, after the Renaissance, the human being in the center of the attention, he is carved in ivory as a child, together with Mary and Jesus, then as the adult during the Crucifiction and the mourning during the Deposition from the Cross. Peculiar aspects during various epoques considering also conservation and restoration will be explained by a technician, more than an art historian.