Art lovers and Edith lovers, take note:
Just around the corner from the Marist-LdM conference site, you’ll find the following exhibit at the Palazzo Strozzi:
“Americans in Florence–Sargent and the American Impressionists”
“The exhibition explores the American impressionists’ relationship with Italy, and with Florence in particular, in the decades spanning the close of the 19th and dawn of the 20th centuries. There was a marked upswing in the number of American artists travelling to Europe after the Civil War ended in 1865, and the trend continued on into the early 20th century. Hundreds of painters came to Paris and other parts of France while others studied in Germany, with England, Holland and Spain being other favourite locations. Italy, however, was an inescapable pole of attraction for most of them. Florence, Venice and Rome had been at the heart of the Grand tour for centuries and had become legendary for all those eager to study the art of the past, quite apart from their appeal in terms of the climate, the countryside, the people, and the overall atmosphere prevailing in them….The exhibition will include female portraits of great quality in which women symbolise the modern American nation: young girls, adolescents and even children, often dressed in white, personify the purity and hopes of an entire nation. ” http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/Sezione.jsp?idSezione=683
This exhibit offers many connections to Wharton’s work–Edith would be so proud; Undine would be so fussy; and Ellen Olenska so effortlessly elegant.