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Monday, November 9, 2015

The eternity of the Ephemeral


If we wished to have a look at the "ephemeral devices" built, and then destroyed, during the Renaissance for celebrations, triumphs, Carnivals, etc., we could simply examine Bernini's sculptures, though belonging to some decades later. He was the first who re-created in precious, lasting materials that kind of witty, crazy and super-detailed pageants that were the joy of 16th century society, both the learned and the common people. It could be termed Pop Art. Princes used to entrust the top artists like Arcimboldo, or even Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo with this job, and they -- except Michelangelo -- were proud to devote their time and skills to it.