Be sure to take the family along to this amazing collection hosted by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. This is the first time in 500 years that the personal collection has toured outside of Florence and Perth is the only place it will be seen in the whole world! I took along my 9 and 6 year olds who thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition and may have actually learnt a thing or two! They definitely have a new found appreciation for Italian art! The Corsini Family have a fascinating history with a family tree that spans back hundreds of years to the 13th century! Interwoven into the tapestry of political, cultural and intellectual landscape of Florence, this vast collection spans generations of the Corsinis and their many roles throughout the different eras. Plenty on display to entice and capture younger imaginations including the many exquisite paintings… stunning furniture displays…a delightful kitchenette display showcasing utensils with a backdrop of the art and timesA lovely account of record keeping in the form of an actual recipe book hand written by Antonietta Corsini in 1881, children can flick through an electronic version (these are scattered throughout the exhibition with the technologically minded – in mind)Clothing worn by family members of the time including a young boys outfit.There are a few provocative pieces, but nothing overly vulgar or confronting.Children can find Arno, the Corsini’s dog. His wall stickers are scattered through out the exhibition which ask thought provoking questions, encouraging younger (and older) minds to delve into the artwork a bit deeper. Be sure to complete the trail during Easter and collect a prize at the front desk!
Collect your pamphlet for each of your children to tick off all the pieces they find in the Corsini Art Hunt. This was a favourite of my daughters and she was delighted each time she came across a finding. It even became a competition between the two siblings, who could find the next one!
Families can also get inspired by the elaborate Corsini Crest and design their own, just ask at the ticketing booth on entry.
The exhibition is quite child friendly and prams can easily maneuvre in and around the displays. Be mindful if you do have wanderers or climbers, that the beautiful, opulent dining setting as well as a few other displays are off limits to budding little Renaissance diners.
Make sure to pose for a photo in the main foyer as you leave.Also keep a look out for: Storytelling Adventures – 11am-12pm & 1-2pm Sun 15, Mon 16, Thu 19 April
Portrait Palazzo: 10am-5pm Thu 19 – Sun 22 Apr
A Window On Italy, The Corsini Collection, Masterpieces From Florence
Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia Perth Cultural Centre, Perth
When: 28 Feb – 18 June 2018
Cost: $15 Adults, $12 Concession, $7 Children (5-17) Children 4 and under free
Time: 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Monday, Closed Tuesdays
Call: Info line: 9492 6622 Reception: 9492 6600
Email: [email protected]
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