The Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the Visual and Performing Arts.
The Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual and Performing Arts is being bestowed to Franco Zeffirelli. Florence-born director, scene and set designer, and producer, ‘he has reached pinnacles of artistic achievement in theatre, opera, and film, thereby amazing wide audiences around the world while giving new breath of life to the sense of harmony and beauty at the heart of the Florentine culture.
Franco Zeffirelli around the world
Through works of highly evocative power, Franco Zeffirelli has conjoined the arts as only a wondrous ‘inventor’ could do, also by engaging extraordinary talents in his extraordinary creative process. This prize adds to the many recognitions he holds, including five David di Donatello; two Nastri d’argento, gained with his unforgettable Jesus of Nazareth and Romeo and Juliet, respectively; two due Primetime Emmy Awards; two Academy Awards nominations; the Fiorino d’oro, and other. Also to mention are his commendations as Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Italian Gold Medal of Merit for Culture and Art, and Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Franco Zeffirelli a Florence Biennale 2019
On the occasion of his awarding, an ensemble of photographs and memorabilia will be displayed at the Florence Biennale by the Zeffirelli Foundation, where his sketches for scenery and costumes can be seen within an exhibition path to be accessible with concession to the Florence Biennale artists and audience. Indeed, Franco Zeffirelli can be regarded as a great master of our time who has respectfully reinterpreted cultural heritage while building upon the lesson laid by Leonardo da Vinci at the court of Gian Galeazzo Sforza and, later on, at that of Isabella d’Este-Gonzaga in Marmirolo, where he would entertain and inspire spectators with his scenic devices, inventions, and fables.