Velvet Waves


The memory of women, silenced for a long time, described the political and social changes with different sensitivities and language. Maria Luisa di Borbone became the keystone for a story that until now has been only partially told.

The voice of Maria Luisa clearly emerges from her recently found letters. A new point of view for the analysis of a very complex historical period when Europe was dominated by Napoleon. Compared with the traditional historiography, the negative assessment of the sovereign has been completely redesigned. Her memories build the identity of a sovereign continually tested. Everywhere she was sent to rule she had people against her.

Maria Luisa was endowed with fortitude, intelligence, and resourcefulness. She was a careful observer of the cultural and artistic dimension of her time.

A female heroine who ruled in solitude and defended her autonomy.

She reveals the active role of women in the cultural life of the XIX century and she deserves to be remembered in the history of art, music and feminism.

During her reign, Lucca experienced a small new Renaissance. Her good governance was inspired by wisdom, mercy and prosperity. She founded training schools for feminine education and supported women artists in a world dominated by male figures.

The artist's language is abstract and timeless. The decay precipitates in colder, yet vibrant colours. The expanses of colour create a dazzling visual amplitude. Although they do not have a relationship with reality, they retain its essence.  The shapes lead you into a universal tale where contrasts always find a way to complete each other. This intrigue allows you to become involved in a story - one that may not let you go.



Hair Stylist & Mua: Antonio Porcelli
Text: Barbara Di Grazia