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Boldini and Fashion

Boldini and Fashion

16 February – 2 June 2019

“Boldini knew how to reproduce that dazzling feeling women wish to create when they are seen in their best moments.” With these words, Cecil Beaton, one of the most famous fashion photographers of the 20th century, acknowledged the talent of the Ferrarese painter in portraying the voluptuous elegance of the cosmopolitan elite of the Belle Époque, for knowing how to glorify their ambitions and their sophisticated narcissism.

Established in Paris, the centre of elegance and modernity, at the turn of the century, Boldini brought to life a formula for portraits that were chic and “à la mode” in which he immortalized his subjects and the celebrities of that legendary period, from Robert de Montesquiou to Cléo de Mérode, from Lina Cavalieri to the marchioness Casati.