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#INSIDE - Vicenza. "FAUSTINA'S BRAIDS. Hairstyles, women and power in the Renaissance"


Gallerie d'Italia - Vicenza


From 13 January to 7 Aprile 2024

Stories on display - at 17:00
Marking the weavings of women  - at 15:00



A cycle of collateral activities dedicated to the multidisciplinary exploration of the themes related to the exhibition “Faustina’s braids. Hairstyles, women and power in the Renaissance”.


Stories on display: compositions of hair and expressions

Cycle of travelling stories proposed throughout the exhibition, on texts by authors from different periods in history, many of which are rare, dedicated to hair and its portrayal. 
Curated by Luca Scarlini and Patricia Zanco

13 January, 5:00 p.m. - Hairstyles throughout History                     

Haircuts change history, they influence it, shock it, upset it, turn it upside down. A reconnaissance of braids sacrificed to true love, boyish haircuts, huge forks decorating Lucia Mondella's head, murderous kiss curls on the heads of gypsy women, five cuts for Twiggy, backcombed curls in the America of Rosie the Riveter, heroine of the women factory workers who went into battle in the Second World War. 
Vicissitudes and sagas of rebellious hair.

10 February, 5:30 p.m. - The untidy lock of the absolute 

The untidy lock of the absolute Pier Paolo Pasolini wrote a poem dedicated to Anna Magnani, after seeing Rome, Open City in a suburban cinema. He notes her windswept hair in the celebrated shot of the famous race; being dishevelled is an indication of a life lived without social constraints, a symbol of individual resistance to the tragedy of History.

10 March, 5:30 p.m. - The wig of eternity                        

The Baroque period intended to make artifice the focal point of its poetic existence.  The wig became an emblem of obedience of authority, so much so that in the Italian of the Renaissance, the word wigs took on the explicit meaning of conservatives, retrogrades, defenders of morals and the established order. The activity of the hairdresser Leonard, who created a delirium of shapes and wigs that stood to a height of one and a half metres was admirable, despite the fact that they did not fit through the doorways of the time.

Conversations about Faustina’s braids
Conversation on hairstyles, women and power

moderated by Massimiliano Bucchi and Giuseppe Pellegrini
Università di Trento - Observa Science in Society

2 February, 5:00 p.m. - Michelangelo, among heads, hair and hairstyles

Mauro Mussolin, art and architecture historian at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut.

Giuseppe Pellegrini, moderator

16 February, 5:00 p.m. - The Faustinas of Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini

Vincenzo Farinella, full professor of the history of art, Università di Pisa

Massimiano Bucchi, moderator

22 February, 5:00 p.m. - Women, wellbeing, lifestyles

Eliana Liotta, journalist, writer and scientific communicator

Massimiano Bucchi, moderator

1 March, 5:00 p.m. - Loose hair and hairstyles in Canova’s sculptures

Fernando Mazzocca, art historian

Massimiano Bucchi, moderator

15 March, 5:00 p.m. - Women, science and power

Elena Canadelli, associate professor of the history of science - Università degli Studi di Padova

Massimiano Bucchi, moderator

22 March, 5:00 p.m. - Female hairstyles in Imperial Roman portraits

Laura Buccino, classical archaeology researcher - Università degli Studi di Firenze

Giuseppe Pellegrini, moderator

29 March, 17:00 - Hairstyles to match outfits. The image of the renaissance woman

Roberta Orsi Landini, costume and fabric historian  

Giuseppe Pellegrini, moderator


Special appointments

17 February, 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - Marking the weavings of women 

A unique sensory itinerary combining the exhibition route with visual performances inspired by the works on display. Using visual vernacular, a form of performance art taken from deaf culture, the stories of the women featured in the exhibition are transformed into accessible and universal visual art, enabling both deaf and hearing visitors to enjoy the exhibition from different perspectives.

Performance by Fabio Zamparo (deaf artist).
In collaboration with Ente Regionale Sordi Veneto

8 March, 6:00 p.m. - Hairdressing and fragrances: The olfactory sensory route dedicated to Renaissance hairstyles

An account of the research, study and creation of the olfactory identities featured in the exhibition, composed especially on the basis of recipes found in old texts dating back to the 1500s (with olfactory sampling).
In collaboration with Integra Fragrances

Book presentations -
in collaboration with Baldilibri

7 March,  6:00 p.m.
Conference Women of power and court in Renaissance Italy
During the event there will be the presentation of the books
Isabella e Lucrezia le due cognate and La Regina e l’imperatrice. Maria Antonietta e Maria Teresa
Marsilio Specchi
Alessandra Necci 

19 March, 6:00 p.m.
All’aria sparsi. Storia culturale dei capelli
Il Saggiatore
Elena Martelli

4 April, 6:00 p.m.
Tutte le perle del mondo. Storie di viaggi, scambi e magnifici ornamenti
Il Molino
Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, Luca Molà, Giorgio Riello