Carol Togneri: exposing new “gems” from the Norton Simon Museum’s vault

Apr 29, 2017 864

BY: VALERIO VIALE

Carol Togneri’s pivotal moment of discovery occurred in Alhambra, CA, when she was a child and her Tuscan grandma showed her the reproductions of the art treasures, stored in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. No expensive travels, or “Grand Tours” to Italy, but simply the images imprinted on a little book, favored Carol’s intimate revelation. 

Carol Togneri, current chief curator at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, has dug out from the vault eight wonderful portraits of flirtatious young women by Verona-native painter, Pietro Rotari (1707-62) – on display, from March 3rd to July 31st, in occasion of the 310th anniversary of the artist’s birth – hoping to trigger among the viewers the same intimate discovery she experienced as a child. 

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