The Magnitude of Small things

Palazzo Madama

 Masterpieces from Bruni Tedeschi Collection

Myths and legends
From XVIII century in France, as in Europe too, an enthusiasm for allegoric scenes and mythological figures spreads, a phenomenon known as miniature gender. Society wants to evade reality in favor of dreamy and fairy subjects  
Click of Power
Because of the high artistic quality, miniature portrait is an instrument of success and recognition for powerful people and artists who want leaving a mark. From Marie Antoinette to Vittorio Alfieri, the key-word is power  

«Sublime specchio di veraci detti,
mostrami in corpo e in anima qual sono»

Poem "My portrait" by Vittorio Alfieri

Love is in the Hair
From XVIII century, the portrait is also a statement of love feelings, which create an emotional relationship between the donor and the recipient. On the one side the face of the beloved, on the other not only messages of love but also hair strands arranged along precious and complex structures.  
Always with you
Miniature portrait was an intimate present as a reminder of love and devotion. Often, it decorated  bracelets, lockets or pins fixed on ties and ribbons 
A message of love
«I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you. I should be afraid to separate myself far from you..[...] My Love is selfish – I cannot breathe without you.» John Keats
Remember me...
Wars were the reason of lovers separation. Because of this, it was important to have an object as a reminder of the beloved and of reasons of his absence, through metaphorical symbols.

A handcherkief, a spilled jar, a meaningful date( maybe the departure one)...all symbols of two separeted lovers

On the background, a statue which symbolizes a woman sitting on an anchor as a proof of wait

The Age of Innocence
In the nineteenth century, miniature portrait is expression of a wide range of feelings, not only love but also maternity and filial love 
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