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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 

Italian gallery will host self-portraits of comic artists alongside the classical masters

Something in Europe I may have missed earlier. Forbes recently reported on a Florence gallery that's going to display self-portraits by Italian comic artists along with all the famous veterans' oil paintings:
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has announced that self-portraits from Italian comic book artists are soon to enter its hallowed walls. The works by 52 different artists will use a variety of techniques, formats and styles. They will initially be exhibited at the Lucca Comics & Games Festival, one of the most important comic events in the world. The self-portraits will then be transferred to the Uffizi.

Italy's Uffizi Gallery contains a world-renowned collection of artworks by masters from Botticelli to Michelangelo. It is also home to a number of important artist self-portraits by famous artists like Raphael and Rembrandt.

Soon, a collection of self-portraits by Italy's leading comic book artists will enter the lauded museum, the first time an initiative like this has been attempted.

The project is a collaboration between the Uffizi and Lucca Crea, in a push to bring more visibility to the art of comic books.

It is also part of Uffizi Gallery director Eike Schmidt's drive to encourage a wider and younger audience into the historic institution.
And in a European art society like this, they might succeed where USA institutions are failing. Because in a country like Italy, they value art a lot more than the PC crowd in the USA, which is throwing away creativity for the sake of wokeness. Good to see this gallery's trying out this project.

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