Jeff Koons In Florence Palazzo Vecchio - Until January 21, 2016
Jeff Koons in Florence’ brings a unique dose of contemporary art to the birthplace of the Renaissance. Koons’ Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun) (2010) has been installed in the Room of the Lilies in the Palazzo Vecchio, once the beating heart of the Florentine Republic. The work is a plaster cast of a provocatively nude ancient Roman sculpture, with the addition of a blue reflective glass sphere or “gazing ball”. The naked faun sits opposite Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes (1460), legs apart as if in some sort of sensual challenge to the virtuous Judith. She seems to be looking straight at him, entranced either by his nudity or by the lustrous “gazing ball” on his lap. Outside in the Piazza della Signoria, a new sculpture has been introduced in close proximity to the copy of the David for the first time since Baccio Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus was unveiled in 1534.