Liu Bolin
Sala degli Elementi, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence (2022)
Ink-jet print on aluminium panel
26,3 x 47,2 / 31,4 x 59 / 39,3 x 70,8 in
Edition of 6

Cod. 82
-'Liu Bolin. Hiding in Florence', Maretti Editore, 2023, pages 18-19, ISBN 9788893970952.

The Room of Elements (Sala degli Elementi) of Palazzo Vecchio was designed by Giorgio Vasari on request of Cosimo de' Medici. It is a unique place for the beauty of its decorations. The depiction of the four elements (water, fire, earth and air) with several details and a variety of characters, makes it one of most fascinating rooms of the exhibition and it is for this very reason that Liu Bolin chose it as the setting of his shot. The element of water is allegorically represented by the Birth of Venus, earth is symbolized by the early harvest offered to Saturn, the protector of agricolture, and also by Ceres goddess of the Earth. On the wall of the fireplace, there is a depiction of Forge of Vulcan representing fire. Vulcan is shown in the act of forging Cupid's arrows while Venus and the Cyclopes help him. If you look up, you can see an allegory of air painted on a panel on the ceiling. The scene is dominated by Kronos mutilating the ill-fated Uranus. The symbolic meaning of this representation is a hint to Pope Leo X, supporter of the values of the duchy of the Medici, in a perfect balance of all things.

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