Posts Tagged ‘Florence’

Inferno

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

As Ron Howard’s movie of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel “Inferno” comes out this week, I’m reminded of a couple of years ago, when the original thriller was republished as a hefty illustrated coffee table version. It was a surprise to me, as it included a couple of my photographs of the Vasari Corridor in Florence.

I confess I have yet to read this fourth mystery thriller featuring Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, but I’m rather more likely to see the movie, which stars Tom Hanks. And I shall be fascinated to see how the Vasari Corridor is woven into the plot.

One kilometre long, the Vasari Corridor is an aerial passageway built in 1565 by artist and architect Giorgio Vasari for the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I. It linked the Tuscan Government offices (hence Uffizi, the name of the art gallery) in the Palazzo Vecchio, then a public building, and the Palazzo Pitti, the Medicis’ home. Apart from allowing them to walk to work and back without having to mix with the hoi polloi, and thus obviating the need for any special security measures, it was also a potent symbol of Medici power. They were, quite literally “up there,” with the masses down below.

Even now it’s still quite elite. It’s the longest single passageway of paintings and portraits in the world, and to see it, you have to book up months in advance, not least because the short-staffed Uffizi Gallery has to send escorts along with each party that goes through.

Clive Tully in bestselling novel!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

I’ve been a contributor to the online image library Alamy for very nearly 10 years, and in the main, one merely knows which images have sold, and to what kind of market. Rarely does one get to find out which particular publication unless it happens to be a prominent newspaper or magazine, usually revealed by a little bit of detective work.

I suppose I should have been suspicious when two of my photographs of the Vasari Corridor in Florence appeared on my sales statement for a bit more than the average rate, with the market detailed as “retail book and e-book with 150,000 print run”. That should have set the alarm bells ringing – you’ve got to be really big to warrant those kind of numbers. It transpires that the photos have been published in the new illustrated edition of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel “Inferno”, his fourth mystery thriller featuring Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon.

One kilometre long, the Vasari Corridor is an aerial passageway built in 1565 by artist and architect Giorgio Vasari for the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I. It linked the Tuscan Government offices (hence Uffizi, the name of the art gallery) in the Palazzo Vecchio, then a public building, and the Palazzo Pitti, the Medicis’ home. Apart from allowing them to walk to work and back without having to mix with the hoi polloi, and thus obviating the need for any special security measures, it was also a potent symbol of Medici power. They were, quite literally “up there”, with the masses down below.

Even now it’s still quite elite. It’s the longest single passageway of paintings and portraits in the world, and to see it, you have to book up months in advance, not least because the short-staffed Uffizi Gallery has to send escorts along with each party that goes through.

The novel came out last year, but this new illustrated version has just been published at £30 – timed, obviously, for Christmas sales. And needless to say, there’s a Ron Howard directed movie on the way, with Tom Hanks reprising his role as Professor Langdon. Now, how do I get a bit part in that…?