The Medici's Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence | Nasher Museum of Art | Arts | Indy Week

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The Medici's Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence

When: Thu., Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. 2017

When it comes to painters who worked for the Italian bankers and power brokers of the Medici family, you know Michelangelo and Botticelli. But you're less likely to be familiar with Carlo Dolci, who followed in their brushstrokes a century and a half later. Dolci's preternatural ability to render infinitesimal details of nature, countenance, and drapery was spotted when he was a child, and he opened his own workshop in Florence at an age when you were just getting your driver's license. Though celebrated in his day, Dolci fell from favor in the iconoclastic nineteenth century, likely because of his extreme piety—he refused commissions for frescos and such, vowing to paint only religious subjects (he was very slow, in part because he liked to recite litanies between brushstrokes). Still, he made some portraits and still lifes that are also included in The Medici's Painter, the first U.S. exhibit of his works, whose emotive exactitude is enhanced by the luxe sheen of paints including real gold and lapis lazuli. Ain't that rich? Meet a new Old Master at this opening reception, after which the exhibit runs through mid-January. —Brian Howe

Price: Free- $7

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