The Black Lady, Caterina de' Medici was Queen consort of France, wife of Henry II, from 1547 to 1559, regent from 1560 to 1563. Her name is linked to the religious wars that were fought in France during the years of her reign.
An evil aura enveloped the figure in French historiography until the end of the nineteenth century: Catherine would have been cold, jealous, vengeful, greedy for power and ready to do anything to achieve her goals. In modern historiography, Catherine de' Medici is instead considered as one of the greatest sovereigns of France, promoter of religious tolerance, despite all the mystery and doubts that surround her legacy.
Lucia De Carolis, Umbrian artist we met in the two previous articles, studied the figure of Catherine through her art. Painting, sculpture and goldsmith art, with those deep roots in nature and in the earth, characterized a personal exhibition made by Lucia in Florence at the Regional Council of Tuscany at Palazzo del Pegaso.
Lucia tried to penetrate the mysteries and secrets of Caterina, always with a very personal and profound approach.
She said us: "The exhibition at Palazzo del Pegaso spoke of Caterina as a woman who should not be seen as an unscrupulous woman. But as a strong woman, who does everything to protect her family and all its business. What happens today: even now a woman has to bring out the determination to assert what is already hers by right.
It is this side that I was interested in exploring about Caterina. What fascinated me about this woman is how, despite the thousand commitments, political issues, intrigues and mysteries, she is always a woman of class and power, present on various fronts.
Today as a woman I wonder how does a woman always be ready on several fronts? I tried to talked about it with my art: for example, Caterina wore a necklace that contained perfume, always ready to be used on any occasion, so I replied that necklace.
In addition there is the discourse of the family, of her husband's infidelity. Betrayal, career woman, career woman, mother woman All att through painting and goldsmithing. After meticulous study. Today the woman as an artist manages very well to assert herself in the art world as a male colleague.
It is enough simply to say through one's art what one experiences. There is no veil, because it is a concept. This is the strong point of the woman: her private life of her, the thousand difficulties have nothing to do with the emotions that she deputies and with what she creates, but she needs the willpower to carry on what she wants create."
You can find all the info about Lucia De Carolis' artworks at the following link: https://www.luciadecarolis.it/