The Klesch Collection is delighted to announce the publication of its first book delving into the untold history of one of our paintings, Giorgio Vasari’s Allegory of Patience
. The book Giorgio Vasari, Michelangelo and the Allegory of Patience
is authored by Prof. Carlo Falciani, the renowned Florentine art historian. This publication is the first of, what we expect to be, many in-depth publications on paintings from the collection.
This book recounts the exciting rediscovery, story and documentation of The Klesch Collection’s painting, Allegory of Patience by Giorgio Vasari, painted in 1551-1552. The work was conceived with the help of Vasari’s close friend Michelangelo, as many surviving letters attest, and it quickly became famous and numerous copies were made, permeating the visual culture of Florence and beyond. This book carries full documentation of the work and its known copies, some of which can be traced to leading patrons in Renaissance Italy.
Giorgio Vasari, Michelangelo and the Allegory of Patience is available for purchase here, in both English and Italian.
Vasari’s Allegory of Patience is on view to the public at the National Gallery, London. The Klesch Collection is most grateful to the National Gallery for hosting this book launch. Below you can view a video of National Gallery’s Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research, and Matthias Wivel, Curator of 16th-century Italian paintings, in conversation with Prof. Carlo Falciani about the painting and his book. Over time, we intend to have a research video available on each of our paintings.