HALF a century after her death in 1962, the Museo Ferragamo in Florence pays homage to Marilyn Monroe with a major exhibition.
Like other divas of the silver screen — Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo — Monroe loved to wear Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.
The exhibition is the result of long research and preparatory work, presenting items from the actress’s wardrobe worn on the set or in her private life, as well as important documents that reveal the actress’s managerial side, her skill and determination in building and grooming her success.
A collection of photographs of Marilyn taken in her day-to-day life are juxtaposed with the power of the archetype and the endurance of the myth and the greatness.
Curators Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti have sought to interpret the genesis of certain famous photographs portraying Marilyn in ‘classic’ poses.
They have compared these portraits with famous works of art from the past, representing the memory of similar poses and expressions, from the balanced pathos of the Head of Alexander Dying to Botticelli’s Venus.