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Culture and Cocktails with Lynn Catterson
Episode I: Before Bardini, there was Bastianini. In 1866, at the very beginning of his career, the young Stefano Bardini traveled from Florence to Paris where he was immediately confronted with the prestigious sale of a spectacular 15C Florentine terracotta bust to Alfred Nieuwerkerke, the superintendent for Imperial Museums under Napoleon III. But, Bardini well knew that the bust had only recently been made in Fiesole by the sculptor Giovanni Bastianini. For Bardini, this type of transaction would become part of a business model that he would use for the rest of his career.
April 19th 2018,
Hotel Helvetia & Bristol