Jul 13, 2004

Savonarola is not a chair for artists. Posted by Hello
Savonarola was a Dominican friar who hated art and even convinced Botticelli to burn some of his paintings. And for some reason, the above type of folding chair was named after him.
The SAVONAROLA chair dates from the 15th century--Savonarola portrait---Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) --- another chair---Ferrara: la statua di Girolamo Savonarola posta accanto al castello estense---Savonarola's Preaching Got Him Burned ---Botticelli broke with the Medicis after they executed Savonarola in 1498. He apparently stopped painting entirely after 1500 and died in obscurity in 1510. ---Savonarola was an ugly, violent man, prone to burning works of art. But for Botticelli, the prophet was a dark inspiration---Girolamo Savonarola is considered the forerunner of the Reformation-- Once, only the most wealthy and powerful could afford an exquisite handcarved chair with the scissor-like principle, that allowed it to be folded and easily moved to the next public event----The epitome of Renaissance culture. The 'Savonarola' chair was the seat of nobility and kings


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