During the exhibition in Pietrasanta I dared to hope that there might be a place in that remarkable story, in that wonderful Museo Degli Innocenti, for the marble “Mother and Child”
It was my dear friend Antonella Ierardi, whom I had known from her role as cultural director at Palazzo Medicci Riccardi during my “Di Cuore” Exhibition there in 2013, who had arranged for me to meet Dr Stefano Filipponi, director of Il Museo Degli Innocenti at the time.
From the time I first met Dr Filliponi in 2017 it was my wish to donate the marble sculpture of “Mother and Child” to the Museo Degli Innocent, but I never took for granted that such an important and historic institution would agree to accept it. I was pleased to find however that there was a genuine willingness on their part. However there were numerous obstacles to be overcome on the way, including structural issues, Covid, and location, before the arrangements could be finalised.
All this time the sculpture waited patiently in my store in Terrafino, Empoli, while one by one the issues were addressed and overcome. The donation was formally agreed in February 2022.
So it was that the 17 year odyssey came to an end, and my dream of a home in this beautiful museum was realised as the inauguration of “Mother and Child” was set to take place, on Thursday 16th June 2022. My heart filled with joy and happiness, for my “Mother and Child” had found their home at last.