Your Way to Florence: Botticelli and Filippino. Madonna and Child paintings. Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci
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Botticelli e Filippino. L'inquietudine e la grazia nella pittura fiorentina del 400.
(Botticelli and Filippino. Grace and unrest in fifteenth-century Florentine painting)

Firenze, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi
11 March - 11 July 2004
Information at the exhibition: +39 055 2645155
Opening hours:
Every day from 9.00 to 21.00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday up to 23.00
From 10 March to 11 July 2004 Florence has organised an extraordinary exhibition to honour one of the best-loved artists of the Renaissance Sandro Botticelli (Florence 1445 - 1510). His works will be displayed along with those of his pupil and friend Filippino Lippi (1457-1504), in the year marking the fifth centenary of the latter's death.
The exhibition is subtitled: Grace and Unrest. Grace because the fifteenth century selected grace as its aesthetic emblem. Unrest because the century closed on the note of uncertainty and anguish, overshadowed by the apocalyptic threats of Gerolamo Savonarola, the charismatic and tragic prophet of the eclipse of Humanist ideals.
The monographic exhibition will present the most significant themes of Botticelli's art and its stylistic evolution, proceeding from the works of private destination, to those in which the uneasiness of the form is justified by the disturbance and lacerations brought to Florence by the thought of Savonarola.
From the early Madonna and Child paintings, the display itinerary leads through to the masterpieces of his maturity, such as Pallas and the Centaur, or one of the scenes from the Story of Nastagio degli Onesti, exceptionally loaned by the Prado museum.
To illustrate Botticelli's varied activity, there will also be the drawings he made to illustrate the Divina Commedia. Also significant is the presence of other artists close to Botticelli's cultural sphere, such as Filippino Lippi and Leonardo da Vinci; an extraordinary drawing by the latter, conserved in a private American collection, will be on display.


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