Divine Beauty: Art and Wine

November 12, 2015
Van Gogh divine beauty

When I interact with an art piece, I think of all the emotions and ideas it evokes inside of me. I consider wine, and the experience of a good wine, also an art form, so there is no surprise that it is the drink of choice at most exhibition openings.

Below is a simple description of Palazzo Strozzi’s current exhibition Divine Beauty and the wine I think would pair best with the works of Fontana, Chagall and Van Gogh. One art form complimenting another.

Palazzo Strozzi is an exhibition space in Florence that curates temporary exhibitions that never cease to amaze. Since arriving in Florence, I have seen the works of the Russian avant-garde, Hellenistic Bronze statues, Italian Mannerism, and Spanish modern art all exhibited under the same roof.

The Prayer Felice Casorati

The Prayer Felice Casorati, my favourite painting at the Divine Beauty exhibition.

Every opening night, I receive an invitation, and I make sure to clear my schedule to attend. This current exhibition takes the visitor through various aspects of Christian religion and its relationship with euphoric beauty.

Featuring artists such as: Van Gogh, Chagall and Fontana, the visitor is taken on a dream like path dotted with religious symbols almost overshadowed by aesthetic beauty.

divine beauty statue

The exhibition is a refreshing take on religious iconography by means of a modern/futuristic lens rather than the usual Florentine, Italian renaissance masterpieces.

I like to think of an exhibition opening as an event to be social, interact with artists or other people to discuss art and ideas over a glass of wine.

These events can be a great marketing strategy to get people coming out, seeing art, having a good time and potentially coming back to have a better look. Not that I think wine should take the spotlight from an art piece or vice versa, they are two respectable art forms, however, sometimes they compliment each other well.

divine beauty florence 2015

In the case of Divine Beauty, I think a dry white from Tuscany would pair well and heres why:

Even though this exhibition has a religious theme, where red wine symbolizes the body and blood of Christ, the fresh, cool colours of this exhibition  represent a constant refreshing, reinventing of ancient symbols.

The wine you drink in this atmosphere needs to be crisp, but light, but full of ancient spices, of course this exhibition is deep in its symbolic undertones, however its surface is beauty, you can’t get too deep into the work or else you will loose sight of the point of beauty. A white wine would compliment well, especially Vernaccia di San Gimignano that has notes of dried fruits, almond, cinnamon and saffron, all valuable flavours that have symbolic meaning in art history.

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Vernaccia di S. Gimignano, Casanuova 2012 with bruschetta Olio-novo and Primosale cheese.