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|Women in Power - Caterina and Maria de' Medici|
History and life of two Italian queens of France
From: 24 Oct 2008
To: 8 Feb 2009
Where: Palazzo Strozzi
Cost: €10; concessions €7.50-€8.50
Opening Hours: 9am-8pm (until 11pm Thu)
Held at Florence's Palazzo Strozzi, Women in Power - Caterina and Maria de' Medici is an art exhibition revealing how the two queens used powerful images to legitimise their claims to rule over warring families after their husbands' deaths.
Along with a jewellery collection, paintings and other objects, the Women In Power exhibition features 15 monumental tapestries depicting the Story of Artemisia, the epic poem dedicated to Caterina de' Medici (1519-89) in the 1560s and completed in the early 17th century by Maria de' Medici (1573-1642).
Events that accompany Women in Power - Caterina and Maria de' Medici include two discovery trails for children, one in verse and the other a play in which families can act out the scenes in the tapestries, music concerts and poetry readings.
For full details, please visit the Palazzo Strozzi website.