Henry Moore’s Warrior with Shield relocated to Palazzo Vecchio
LIGHT MODE
DARK MODE
Get 1 year from 27.50 €

Digital and paper subscriptions available worldwide

Subscribe now

Henry Moore’s Warrior with Shield relocated to Palazzo Vecchio

The project undertaken by Museo Novecento and curated by Sergio Risaliti comes ahead of the 50th anniversary in 2022 of the phenomenal exhibition of Moore's monumental sculptures held at Forte di Belvedere in 1972.

bookmark
Wed 19 May 2021 9:06 AM

From May 18 to January 9, Henry Moore’s Guerriero con Scudo (Warrior with Shield) takes up a temporary new residence in the Sala Leone X of Palazzo Vecchio. The project undertaken by Museo Novecento and curated by Sergio Risaliti comes ahead of the 50th anniversary in 2022 of the phenomenal exhibition of Moore’s monumental sculptures held at Forte di Belvedere in 1972.

 

 

Blending the influences of classical statuary and the careful observation of natural forms

 

 

Following that acclaimed display, Henry Moore decided to donate a work to the city of Florence: a bronze sculpture titled Warrior with Shield, made in 1953-54. Originally intended to be placed in the Loggia di Saturno in Palazzo Vecchio, due to a series of events it ended up being returned to England upon Moore’s request. The work was then donated to The British Institute of Florence in the eighties by the artist’s family and finally returned to Florence. A long-term loan was arranged and the bronze was situated in the first cloister of the Santa Croce complex where it has continued to be displayed, until now.  From May 18 to January 9, 2022, it will be exhibited in the Sala Leone X of Palazzo Vecchio, just below the terrace in which Moore had originally intended it to be displayed.

 

 

Spectacular new setting

 

 

The exhibition is linked to a project series titled Relocated in which well-known works receive temporary new homes, engaging viewers in an entirely different viewing experience. Medici tapestries and the Chimera of Arezzo have also been innovatively placed as part of the initiative.

 

 

Director of The British Institute of Florence, Simon Gammell, commented, “I’m delighted and frankly astonished to see the work in the Sala Leone X because it’s almost like seeing it for the first time. It has a completely different resonance and affect in this contained cube of space as opposed to the open cloister of Santa Croce. It becomes far more intimate and, certainly for me, more powerful and more focused when framed in this space.”

 

 

The exhibition, curated by Sergio Risaliti, artistic director of the Museo Novecento, is promoted by the City of Florence, organized by MUS.E and in collaboration with The British Institute of Florence and Opera di Santa Croce.

 

Palazzo Vecchio can be visited from 9am to 7pm every day except Thursday when opening hours are 9am-2pm.

Related articles

NEWS

10 ways to save on water this summer

Now that the summer is here, the time has come to preserve our water supplies.

NEWS

Solidarity project in San Frediano fosters job skills for those with autism

'In frigo veritas' teaches the trade of magnet making.

NEWS

Historic jeweller Cassetti opens watch service centre by the Ponte Vecchio

Historic jeweller Cassetti has upped its customer service by opening a watch service centre by the Ponte Vecchio.

LIGHT MODE
DARK MODE