After the great show at the Florence stadium on Saturday the 16th June 2012, welcomed by a huge crowd, Madonna visited the Uffizi on the following day, thus fulfilling her wish to visit the museum. A Sunday devoted to art. The Uffizi have been deliberately opened for her at about 7 pm. She was let inside, together with her team from a secondary door in Via della Ninna, in the vain effort to escape from her fans or in the successful attempt to increase the mysterious halo of any Madonna.
In fact, immediately recognized by her customarily provocative black attire, completed by a pair of crucifixes adorning her hat and necklace she was cheered by fans. The museum “Sopraintendente”, Cristina Acidini chaperoned the star inside the rooms where a museum guide introduced her to the history of the Medicis and their connections between art and political power. Like a good student, she enquired about the singular relationship between the sacred and profane inside the cultural background of the time. Cleverly deep questions. Was she perceiving a sort of similarities with her own lifestyle in a such apparently incompatible mixture of these two elements? An unexpected interest towards the Renaissance Neoplatonism and its ability to mingle with religion. Everybody could have noticed her particular interest in Philosophy and Morals while watching the great masters ranging from Duccio, Giotto, Lippi, Michelangelo and mostly ” La Primavera” by Botticelli.
Sculpture visibly touched her too. Then a more worldly note, a cocktail on top of the Loggia dei Lanzi, in front of one of the most stunning backdrops in the world. Celebrity versus celebrity. The Florence landscape paying its homage to Madonna or viceversa? Later a new plunge into culture, the Corridoio Vasariano up to Boboli Gardens. Here, the queen of the pop let her to be immortalized in front of the Buontalenti Grotto and in the terrace above the Rondò di Bacco. But time is money, so back again to the black vans waiting for Madonna and the sacred group. A fast drive downtown. The show had to go on after the cultural parenthesis. The star system was planning the shooting of a Florentine video clip with Madonna singing “ Turn up the radio” from her last album Mdna. The original location, Fiesole in the immediate Florence surrounding was at last replaced. Also Madonna was replaced by a double. She might be the same poor imitation who appeared on the stage before the beginning of the concert for the light testing.
As a real star she appeared to the bare essentials.
Did she have to keep faithful to her mystic image like a real Madonna?