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August 08, 2012

Gallery Hotel Art Honors Marilyn Monroe

By Erin Schumaker | Art

Marilyn Monroe
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Marilyn Monroe, America’s favorite sexpot and the thrice-divorced star of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot, passed away at the age of 36 in August 1962 from a drug overdose, alone in her bedroom with the phone in her hand. Fifty years later, the Salvatore Ferragamo–founded Lungarno Collection is honoring the actress with the black-and-white photography exhibit “On the Heels of Marilyn,” at Gallery Hotel Art in Florence (through September 15). The exhibition, organized by Galleria Brancolini Grimaldi, features intimate photographs of the iconic actress, including casual shots of her primping in front of a makeup mirror and lounging by the pool and photos taken with her third husband, Death of a Salesman playwright Arthur Miller.

“We wanted to celebrate Marilyn Monroe and her extraordinary life,” says Phillip Haller, vice president of the Lungarno Collection. “We hope to remember her talent and ultimately inspire guests with her unique career and lifetime.”

Just blocks away, the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum (museoferragamo.it) hosts a second Monroe-inspired exhibit (through January 28, 2013). The provocative starlet was a loyal Ferragamo customer, and the museum has dozens of pairs of her iconic pumps on display, not to mention photographs, film clips and documents—including an order for Ferragamo shoes handwritten by Monroe herself. Two-night Florence City Break package, including entry to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, from $228 a night; Gallery Hotel Art; 5 Vicolo dell’Oro; 39-55/27263; lungarnocollection.com.