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From Florence's Bargello to NYC's Met Breuer: The Medici Saracen

NYU Liberal Studies
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Mahnaz Yousefzadeh will present the history of the​​ Buratto, a wooden ​statue​ of a Black Moorish figure ​carrying a Medusa shield ​which is part of Met Breuer’s Like Life: Sculpture, Color, Body (March 21- July ​24). The ​figure ​once used as target during the Saracen Joust held for the wedding of Medici Grad Duke in 15​79, ​​ has left Florence for the first time to take part in an investigation of 600 years of use of color in figurative sculpture​. Once considered an abject prop, the Moorish figure entered the Bargello, the national museum of Italy in 1865 only because of the iconographic value of the shield ​it carried​. ​The Buratto​​ ​was re-contextualized​ as a “progenitor of Blackmoor​e​” ​for ​Re-Significations: European Blackamoors, Africana Readings, ​the​ proceedings of the Conference in NYU’s La Pietra in 2015​, and at Met Breuer juxtaposed poetically with a preaching bot. Stefano Albertini, Director of Casa Italiana will begin the presentation with his reflections on Like Life exhibition at Met Breuer as a way of introduction.

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