Elon Musk’s day out at the Uffizi

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Subsequent in the footsteps of Winckelmann, Stendhal, Walter Pater et al., this week Elon Musk produced a pilgrimage to the Uffizi. Tech billionaires are notoriously short of time, but Musk experienced 90 minutes spare in which he and his partner, the pop star Grimes, packed in the paintings accompanied by the museum’s director, Eike Schmidt.

The Uffizi reports that Musk and Grimes admired will work by Beato Angelico and Piero della Francesca, as well as Uccello’s Battle of San Romano and some of the most effective of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo. Schmidt joked that when Musk sets up a area station on Mars, the museum will be in a position to insert an interplanetary dimension to its regional financial loans programme (‘Uffizi diffusi’). Musk may possibly look at blasting off from the Tribuna a single day, Rakewell implies, considering the fact that the room’s architect, Buontalenti, chose its octagonal form according to numerological symbolism in which the amount eight is affiliated with the heavens.

Probably, in return for the tour, Grimes was equipped to give the Uffizi some recommendations in internet marketing its NFTs. Previously this yr, she raked in $5.8 million in 20 minutes by providing her ‘WarNymph Collection Vol. 1’, a suite of performs showcasing putti considerably uglier than any babies, winged or or else, that the Renaissance managed to aspiration up. The Uffizi, alas, mustered only €140,000 when it flogged a minted Michelangelo. Way too poor his WarNymph frescoes haven’t survived.

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