The pre-amble to last nights Gucci Resort show included a journey through the marvels of renaissance Florence. Setting off with a private tour of the Uffizi Gallery, built in the mid-16th century for Cosimo I de’ Medici by architect Giorgio Vasari, this was a rare opportunity to see Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus unobstructed by the usual crowds.
Then a rarer chance still, to walk the 1565 Vasari corridor, currently booked up until 2019, to view the collection of self-portraits from the likes of Rubens to Pistoletto. The corridor – at almost 1km long – was built to allow Francesco I de’ Medici to cross from the Uffizi on the north side of the Arno river, to Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli gardens in the south, without him being subject to the prying eyes of the public.
The show itself was held in the Palatina Gallery of the Palazzo Pitti beneath more than 500 Renaissance period works that once formed part of the Medici and Habsburg-Lorraine family collections. Among the Raphaels, Titians, Peruginos, Correggios, and Peter Paul Rubens, creative director Alessandro Michele’s 115-strong gang of models, paced a bright yellow carpet to a sound track mixed with live harpists.