“Like the silkworm, you have built a cocoon around yourself. Burst your own cocoon and come out as a beautiful butterfly, as the free soul.”
Not infrequently on the sarcophagi of the classical age can be found depicted a butterfly that abandons the chrysalis. What is the meaning of this curious representation?
In ancient mythology, butterfly is the symbol of the soul, of lightness and of the volatility of the vital spirit. In fact the term psyche derives from the Greek ψυχή, connected to the verb ψύχω, "to breathe, to blow", and means precisely "soul", "breath", "butterfly". Lucio Apuleio, Latin writer of the second century AD, in his famous novel "The Golden Ass (Asinus aureus) " tells first the story of Cupid and Psyche, where the latter is described as a beautiful creature with butterfly wings.
The butterfly thanks to the colorful beauty of its wings and the mysterious fascination of its metamorphosis, which from a simple caterpillar leads it to being a splendid insect, has always struck the human collective imagination becoming an emblem of spiritual transformation and coming to coincide with the concept of soul. In Christian iconography, for example, the butterfly is a symbol of resurrection and salvation precisely by virtue of its path: depicted in Child Jesus and Madonna’s hands alludes to the resurrected soul.
With the exhibition "Colors of the soul", the well-known florentine gallery “Galleria360” gives life to an exhibition that, through color, offers a fascinating exploratory journey inside the soul, or in that jungle of emotions that distinguishes human existence. An exhibition therefore where the color becomes a real emotional language as well as expressive, revealing different moods and personal memories of the artists.
"Colors of the soul" is an exhibition where the chromatic combinations are constantly intertwined with affective and daily experience, becoming a direct and tangible expression of the most intimate experiences of the ego and the spirit; an exhibition where the spirituality of light is constantly combined with the explosive rhythm of contrasts and coloristic harmonies.
The opening will take place on 9th Friday of November 2018 at 19:00 in Via Il Prato 11r Florence.
During the vernissage it’ll be offered a welcome cocktail while jazz musicians will play live.