Vittorio Corcos, Sogni, 1896 – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna – Viale delle Belle Arti 131 – 00196 Roma | Free admission on 8th of March
Free admission for all women in all national Italian museums to celebrate the International Women’s Day
During the International Women’s Day, today March 8th 2017, all women can visit for free national museums in Rome and other cities. The National Gallery of Modern Art, where the fascinating Elena Vecchi of the painting is exposed, is one of them and in particular it offers free admission to the following exhibitions:
Museum Beauty Contest – directed by Paco Cao
Time is Out of Joint
Guido Strazza. Search
Giacomo Balla. A wave of light
« Sogni« , the painting in the image, by Vittorio Corcos, was probably painted in the spring of 1896 and presented at the Esposizione Internazionale Artistica of Florence.
The young woman is Elena Vecchi, the daughter of a friend of the painter. From the beginning, the artwork aroused the attention of the public and critics: the subject is a young modern woman with a proud and conscious look for the first time masterfully represented in a painting.
From then on, a big women’s movement will lead to the affirmation of women’s rights in various fields. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909 on the occasion of a protest in support of the right of women to vote, promoted by the American Socialist Party, which was introduced in the United States in 1920.
Why in Italy on March 8th there is the tradition to offer the mimosa blossom
In Italy the flower elected to honor women on this occasion is the mimosa blossom, promoted after the Second World War by the Italian Communist Party and the Union of Women in Italy (UDI). Some Communist Party leaders, including Teresa Mattei, ex partisan who later continued to fight for the rights of women, proposed to adopt this flower as it is low-cost and easily accessible. Years later, in an interview Teresa Mattei said: « The mimosa flower was offered by the partisans to his couriers. It remembered to me the fight on the mountains and it could be easily find.” The mimosa tradition was successful and it is still live today. Teresa Mattei died in 2013 at 92 years. She said in one of latest interviews: « When in the Women’s Day I see girls with a bunch of mimosa, I think that all our efforts were not worthless.”