Published: March 26, 2012

Flowers and fruits from the Caravaggio paintings at the Hermitage began to emit odors

PETERSBURG, November 3 - RIA Novosti - North-West, Anna Novak. In St. Petersburg on Thursday at the State Hermitage Museum will be presenting the draft aromatic installations "Scents of Caravaggio paintings." This was told RIA Novosti, the press service of the museum.

"From 3 to 20 November in the hall of the Hermitage, where there are painting Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's" Boy with a lute, "you can experience the flavors depicted in the painting of flowers and fruits, which are inspired by Italian perfumer Laura Tonatto to create a new perfume," - told the press service.

Next to the picture of the console will be located with ten cylindrical vessels containing gel with different flavors. It's six floral odors - iris, chamomile, jasmine, orange tree leaves, wild rose, damask rose, and three fruit - figs, plum, pear. The smell of perfume tenth that perfumer named "Caravaggio", combines all of these nine.

"Superficial observer such an experiment may seem too exotic. It's true, if we talk in general about the painting, accompanied by reconstruction of the odor. However, in the case of Caravaggio is the extension of the senses is justified. We offer a sophisticated experiment addressed to connoisseurs" - leads the press service quoted Director of the Hermitage Michael Piotrowski.

"Now the Hermitage," Lute Player "will find this smell. Caravaggio painting is an allegory of the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Lute Player fulfills the madrigal," You know I love you, "Jacob Arkadelt, and the sounds of music accompanied by aromas emanating to put in a pitcher of flowers and Mediterranean vegetables. I have pictures of your smell and the smell of the material found his way through four hundred years after the creation of pictures, "- said the spokesman.

The idea of ​​this project belongs to one of the world's most famous perfumers Laura Tonatto and art historian Alessandro Marini. It came while watching a film by Alexander Sokurov's "Russian Ark" where the characters talk about the flavor of paintings by Rubens, "Feast at Simon the Pharisee."

The exhibition is an illustrated catalog in three languages ​​(Italian, Russian and English), which included articles by Russian and Italian art, in particular, the essay of one of the greatest scholars of Caravaggio Maurizio Marini.

The project is organized with the support of the administration of the Italian region of Piedmont, the Consulate General of Italy in St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg branch of the Italian Institute of Culture.

/ / RIA "Novosti"
November 3, 2005 Mr.

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