giovedì 11 novembre 2010

Major Bronzino Exhibition At Palazzo Strozzi In Florence

Major Bronzino Exhibition At Palazzo Strozzi In Florence
Considered one of the greatest painters of the sixteenth century, the work of Agnolo di Cosimo Tori, known as Bronzino (1503-1572), embodied the fullness of the Mannerist style. Bronzino. Artist and Poet, the first exhibition to be devoted to his paintings, will be staged at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence from 24 September 2010 to 23 January 2011. It is particularly appropriate that this monographic show should be held in Florence as, not only was he born and died here, he was court artist to Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), and the majority of his paintings are still to be found in the city, particularly in the Uffizi, and its other museums and churches.

This landmark exhibition, which has taken over four years to prepare, will include loans from the world’s most important museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the Städel Museum, Frankfurt. Visitors will be able to admire 56 works by the artist himself, shown alongside others by his contemporaries such as Pontormo, Cellini, Niccolò di Raffaello di Niccolò dei Pericoli, called Il Tribolo, Bandinelli, Pierino da Vinci and Alessandro Allori, as well as works by the artists that re-elaborated his style later. The exhibition will be divided into chapters devoted to crucial phases, episodes or artistic genres in Bronzino’s work.

Importantly, the show will bring together a wide variety of Bronzino’s masterpieces, many of them displayed together for the first time. Alongside the works conserved in the Uffizi, the exhibition will present works such as the Adoration of the Shepherds from the Szépművészeti Múzeum in Budapest, the Portrait of Young Man with a Book from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and two versions of the Holy Family and Saint John, from the Louvre and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. In addition, the newly restored Panciatichi Crucifix and the lost right-hand panel that was originally part of the Besançon Altarpiece will be on public display for the first time.
The exhibition is curated by Cristina Acidini, Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali, the foremost experts on the period, who have also contributed essays to the accompanying catalogue.

For anyone who enjoyed the major exhibition The Drawings of Bronzino (20 January to 18 April 2010) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this exhibition is a must-see.

As part of the celebrations, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi has commissioned a piece of contemporary Mannerist music by the American composer Bruce Adolphe, for madrigal choir, harpsichord, viola da gama and vibraphone, to be performed at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on 6 March 2010, a co-production with The Learning Maestros, New York. Of Art and Onions: Homage to Bronzino sets to music poems by Bronzino including “The Onion” and “On Being Famous”, as well as sonnets by Petrarch. The work will have its European premiere on 8 October at the Teatro Goldoni in Florence.

Location: Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi, 50123 Firenze (Florence), Italy Tel. +39 055 2645155

Exhibition hours:
Daily 9 am to 8 pm, Thursday 9 am to 11 pm.
Last admission to the exhibition 1 hour before closing.

Admission: Adult: €10.00; concessions: €8.50, €8.00, €7.50; schools: €4.00
Booking: Sigma CSC, Tel. +39 055 2469600, Fax. +39 055 244145; or via


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