Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Exhibit: Money and Beauty

Detail from Marinus van Reymerswaele,
"The Usurers," c. 1540
Readers may be interested in an exhibit that opened in September at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence,"Money and Beauty: Bankers, Botticelli, and the Bonfire of the Vanities." The exhibit "recounts the birth of our modern banking system and of the economic boom that it triggered, providing a reconstruction of European life and the continent's economy from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance." For those fortunate enough to be in Florence soon, the exhibit runs through January 22, 2012; others can read more about the exhibit and see examples of the artwork on a number of sites, in addition to the "exhibition walkthrough" material on the Palazzo Strozzi exhibition pages:
The Economist, "The Benefits of Early Money-Laundering"
The Wall Street Journal, "For the Love of Money: The Birth of Modern Banking and the Art That Made It Possible"
CNN, "Tracing Renaissance Art to the Birth of Modern Banking"
France 24, "Money and Beauty in Renaissance Florence"
Coins Weekly, "Money and Beauty"