Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A new set of eyes is looking inside my bedroom windows from banners on Franklin Street.
They are advertising the three-month visit of Parmigianino's Schiava Turca, a famous 16th century painting from Parma, Italy which stopped for a visit at New York's Frick Museum in Manhattan before settling in at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco until October 5th.
Her official unveiling was on Saturday where there was a concert and a lecture by Aimee Ng below from the Frick museum.
She explained that the "Turkish Slave" of the title is a misnomer, since it's undoubtedly a painting of an upper-class Northern Italian woman wearing a balzo, which was a fashionable headdress of the time that looked like a Turkish turban.
The Italian Consulate and the Italian Cultural Institute helped sponsor a lovely welcoming party with prosciutto, Parma cheeses, Italian wines, and museum curators such as Melissa Buron above...
...but my favorite moment of the afternoon was watching a wedding party in the courtyard going gonzo before the security guards told us all to get the heck out of there and stop having fun.