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Florence art exhibitions 2011
, 2011. We’ll add more detailed posts on the individual shows as soon as we’ve translated the information
*** Updated: we now have more detailed information on all of these major exhibitions and have added links for each of them.
Uffizi Gallery, 8th March – 12th June – ‘Figure, Memorie, Spazio Disegni da Fra’Angelico a Leonardo’ [Link]
Uffizi Gallery, 14th June – 30th October – ‘Vasari, Gli Uffizi e Il Duca’ [Link]
Galleria dell’ Accademia – 31st May – 6th November – ‘Lorenzo Bartolini, Scultore del Bello Naturale’ [Link]
Bargello – 11th May – 18th September 2011 – ‘L’Acqua, La Pietra, il Fuoco, Bartolomeo Ammannati Scultore’ [Link]
Palazzo Pitti, Modern Gallery – 17th May – 11th September – ‘Dagli Splendori di Corte al Lusso Borghese, L’Opificio delle Pietre Dure nell’Italia Unita’ [Link]
Palazzo Pitti, Silver Gallery – 27th May – 11th September – ‘Il Tesoro del Cremlino’ [Link]
Palazzo Pitti – 11th October 2011 – 4th March 2012 – ‘La Bella Italia, Arte e Identita delle Citta Capitali’ [Link]
As ever, when the Florence Galleries hold special exhibitions such as the above, ticket prices are increased. The extra fees are always included in our ticket prices, and are mandatory.

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Exhibitions in Florence

events Current Ongoing Exhibitions in Florence

  • The Etruscans and The Sacred

    Until September 30
    from April 10 to June 5 Archeological Museum, Fiesole - from July 9 to September 15 Palazzo Pretorio, Sovana
  • Water, Stone and Fire - Bartolomeo Ammannati, Sculptor

    From May 11 to September 18
    Bargello National Museum, Florence
  • Lorenzo Bartolini - Sculptor of the natural beauty

    From May 31 to November 6
    Accademia, Florence
  • Vasari, the Uffizi and the Duke

    From June 14 to October 30
    Uffizi, Florence

'Angry Young Men' ~ Picasso, Miró, Dalí at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence
Posted: 01 Apr 2011 10:11 PM PDT

artwork: Salvador Dali - "Neo-Cubist Academy (Composition with Three Figures)", 1926 - Oil on canvas - 190 x 200 cm. Museu de Montserrat, Spain. Currently on view at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, part of the 'Angry Young Men: Picasso, Miró, Dalí' exhibtion until 17 July 2011.

Florence, Italy.- From March 2011 until 17th July 2011, the Palazoo Strozzi in Florence is showing "Angy Young Men: Picasso, Miró, Dalí'. The exhibition, which was previously at the Kunstahalle in Bonn, is dedicated to the early work of Picasso, Mirò and Dalí, which played a decisive role in the beginning of modern art in Spain. The exhibition concentrates on Picasso’s pre-cubist period 1900 – 1905, whilst Juan Mirò’s works of 1915–1920 are presented along with Salvador Dali’s from 1920–1925, both artists painting in the period before the discovery of surrealism.

Each artist will be represented by 25 – 30 masterpieces selected to show aspects of the three artists in their earliest periods, works that are rarely shown in mainstream catalogues and exhibitions. For instance, Picasso’s early work was often coloured by his strong political convictions.

In Madrid in 1901, Picasso and his anarchist friend Francisco de Asís Soler founded the magazine Arte Joven (Young Art), which published five issues. Picasso illustrated the journal, mostly contributing grim cartoons depicting and sympathizing with the state of the poor. Mirò too understood art as political, and Miró’s oft-quoted assassination of painting is derived from a dislike of bourgeois art of any kind, especially when used as a way to promote cultural identity among the wealthy. Specifically, Miró saw Cubism in this way, and he is quoted as saying I will break their guitars, referring to Picasso and Braque’s early Cubist paintings.

artwork: Pablo Picasso - "At the Lapin Agile", 1905 - Oil on canvas - 99.1 x 100.3 cm. The Walter H. & Leonore Annenberg Collection, at the Museum of Modern Art, Currently on view at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, until 17 July 2011.

artwork: Salvador Dalí - "Woman at the Window (Muchacha en la ventana)", 1925 Oil on board - 104 x 73.7 cm. Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, © Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society(ARS), New York. Currently on view at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.Much younger than Picasso and Mirò, Dalí was expelled from the Academia in 1926 shortly before his final exams when he stated that no one on the faculty was competent enough to examine him. His mastery of painting skills is well documented in his early works, such as the flawlessly realistic Girl at the window, which was painted in 1926.  That same year he made his first visit to Paris where he met with Pablo Picasso, whom young Dalí revered – Picasso had already heard favourable things about Dalí from Joan Mirò.

Palazzo Strozzi is a palace in Florence, Italy. The Palace was begun in 1489 by Benedetto da Maiano, for Filippo Strozzi the Elder, a rival of the Medici family who had returned to the city in November 1466 and wanted the most magnificent palace to assert his family's continued prominence and, perhaps more importantly, to make a political statement of his own status. A great number of other buildings were acquired during the 70s and demolished to provide enough space for the new construction. Giuliano da Sangallo the Younger provided a wood model of the design. Filippo Strozzi died in 1491, long before the construction's completion in 1538. Duke Cosimo I de' Medici confiscated it in the same year, not returning it to the Strozzi family until thirty years later. The palazzo remained the seat of the Strozzi family until 1937. Great changes were made to the building when the Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni occupied Palazzo Strozzi. The palazzo, granted by the Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni to the Italian State in 1999, is now home to the Institute of Humanist Studies and to the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. The Gabinetto G.P. Viesseux and the Renaissance Studies Institute have both also occupied the building since 1940.

Today the palace is used for international expositions like the now-annual antique show, founded as the Biennale dell'Antiquariato in 1959, fashion shows and other cultural and artistic events, such as "Cézanne in Florence. Two Collectors and the 1910 Exhibition of Impressionism". Since its inception in July 2006 , the key challenges of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence were to take an international approach in organizing cultural events, providing a platform for experimentation and a place for debate and discussion, create new synergies with others, become a catalyst for the broader culture, in short to "think global, act local" . A key objective at the Palazzo Strozzi is to stage exhibitions that are a pleasure, not a duty. Palazzo Strozzi is intended primarily for visitors and one of the aspects that makes the experience at Palazzo Strozzi is the special attention reserved for them, including appropriate captions for families and children and for the visually impaired and a video information center in the courtyard. Visit the Palazzo Strozzi website at ...

Bill Viola Presents "Emergence" at the Galleria dell'Accademia
Posted: 14 Mar 2011 09:43 PM PDT
artwork: Bill Viola - "Emergence", 2002 - The Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence will present the restored Pietà da Palestrina, the marble group sculpture attributed to Michelangelo and exhibited in the Tribune of the David.
FLORENCE, ITALY - The Galleria dell’Accademia will present the restored Pietà da Palestrina, the marble group sculpture attributed to Michelangelo and exhibited in the Tribune of the David. On this occasion at 10.00 p.m. in the Tribune of the David the Galleria dell’Accademia of Florence proposes the video Emergence (2002) by Bill Viola in the presence of the artist himself. This event intends to suggest a meditation on the theme of the Pietà, a central theme in the life and work of Michelangelo starting from his youth (St. Peter’s Pietà), and then repeatedly in later age (the Bandinelli Pietà intended for his own tomb, and the Rondanini Pietà).
The Uffizi Gallery In Florence ~ The Finest Collection Of Renaissance Art In The World
Posted: 12 Mar 2011 09:35 PM PST
artwork: The Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Originally commissioned by Cosimo I, Duke of Florence and the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, it was designed by  Giorgio Vasari in the middle of the 16th century. The gallery was officially opened to the public in 1765.  Almost 2 million visitors every year enjoy its impressive collection of Renaissance art.
The Uffizi Palace is one of the most loved monuments in Florence and contains the world’s leading collection of renaissance art. Originally commissioned by Cosimo I, Duke of Florence and the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, the Uffizi was designed by Giorgio Vasari in the middle of the 16th century. The intention of Cosimo I was to build a palace that could host the thirteen administrative and judicial Magistrature or Uffizi, from which the palace would take its name. Vasari was also responsible for the building, five years later, of an overhead corridor passing above Ponte Vecchio and the Church of Santa Felicità, to link the Uffizi to the Pitti Palace, the new residence of the Medici family, and which provides stunning views of the palace courtyard and Arno river. The building has an unusual and singular horseshoe shape, which opens towards the Arno River. The two floors of the building, rise above a pillared portico that runs along the whole length of the palace. The portico niches contain statues of Florentine dignitaries and artists from the middle Ages to the 19th century. It was Francesco I de' Medici, Cosimo I’s son, who first created an art Gallery on the second floor of the Palazzo degli Uffizi to entertain himself, during his walks, with the collection of paintings, sculptures and arrases belonging to the Medici family. The key point in the history of the Uffizi came in 1737, when the last Medici heiress, Anna Maria Luisa moved to France and signed an agreement that all the Medici artworks were not to be removed from Florence. The gallery had been open to visitors by request since the sixteenth century, and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public. Over the years, the Uffizi has survived wartime bombing, flooding in 1966 and 2007 and a terrorist car bombing (attributed to the Sicilian Mafia) in 1993 which damaged some frescoes in the Niobe room beyond repair. In addition to its galleries, the Uffizi contains teaching facilities, an art restoration laboratory, photographic studio and research center. Rennovations are currently under way on parts of the building, under the “New Uffizi” project. When completed these will increase the gallery space, allow more of the collection to be put on public display and reduce the overcrowding caused by almost 2 million visitors every year. Visit the Uffizi’s website at …
artwork: Sandro Botticelli - "Venus", circa 1482 - Tempera on panel - 203 x 314 cm. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence - Part of the famed Uffizi collection.
The exhibition rooms are composed of over 45 rooms containing about 1,700 paintings, 300 sculptures, 46 tapestries and 14 pieces of furniture and/or ceramics. The Uffizi actually owns about 4,800 works, the remainder are either in storage or on loan to other museums. On the ground floor, is the series of frescoes by Andrea del Castagno as well as an Annunciation by Botticelli (a fresco detached from the church of S. Martino alla Scala). A large staircase, built by Vasari, leads to the second floor, were the Medici theatre once stood. This area now contains the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, an exceptional graphic collection comprising more than 120,000 works, from the 14th to the 20th century. On the third floor are two vestibules, which lead into the galleries and which contain a collection of busts of grand dukes and Roman statues. Three corridors on this floor contain the bulk of the visible collection. The first corridor contains the religious art of the Renaissance and the artworks by Flemish artists. Along the perimeter of the corridor is the Medicean collection of head moulds, on the vaulted ceilings are frescoes representing animals, imaginary monsters, satyrs and the Medicean achievements. The first rooms are dedicated to the art of the 13th and 14th centuries, including “The Madonna d'Ognissanti” by Giotto, “The Maestà di Santa Trinita” by Cimabue and “The Maestà” by Duccio di Buoninsegna. From the 14th century the “Triptych of San Matteo” by Andrea di Cione, the “Polyptych of San Pancrazio” by Bernardo Daddi and the “Presentation to the Temple” by Ambrogio Lorenzetti lead into the collection of international Gothic works. These include “The Adoration of the Magi” by Lorenzo Monaco. Among the artworks of the early Renaissance the “Coronation of the Blessed Virgin” by Beato Angelico, the “Battle of San Romano” by Paolo Uccello, “Portrait of the Dukes of Urbino” by Piero della Francesca and “The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin” by Filippo Lippi. These are followed by the collection of Boticelli masterpieces, including “La calunnia”, “Primavera”, “The Birth of Venus”, “The Adoration of the Magi”, “Madonna della Melagrana”, and “Coronation of the Blessed Virgin”. The Renaissance is celebrated by two magnificent paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, “l'Adorazione dei Magi” and “The “Annunciation” alongside works by Pietro Perugino and Piero di Cosimo. Superb examples of Florentine portraiture from the 16th century include Medici portraits by Pontormo, ‘l'Angiolino musicante’ by Rosso Fiorentino and ‘la Dama col Petrarchino’ by Andrea del Sarto. In a series of adjoining rooms are the works of German art from the 15th and 16th century and paintings from Lombardia and Emilia that evoke mythological tales and detailed Flemish landscapes, including “Adam and Eve” by Lucas Cranach, “Adoration of the Magi” by Andrea Mantegna and “The Blessed Virgin adoring the Child” by Correggio.
artwork: Piero di Cosimo - "Perseus Freeing Andromeda", 1510 or 1513 - Oil on panel - 70 cm × 123 cm. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence - Part of the famed Uffizi collection.
The second corridor contains Roman statues and portraits under the frescoed vaulted ceilings. The miniatures Cabinet opens off this corridor. The third Corridor contains the 16th century artworks by Michelangelo (“The Tondo Doni”) and Rafael (“Madonna of the Goldfinch” and “Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de' Medici and Luigi de' Rossi”), Titian (“Flora” and “Venus of Urbino), Parmigianino (“The Madonna of the Long Neck”) amongst others. From the 17th century works, highlights include, Peter Paul Rubens (“Judith with the Head of Holofernes”, “Portrait of Isabella Brant”, “Henry IV at the Battle of Ivry”, “Self-Portrait without a Hat” and others), Caravaggio (“The Sacrifice of Isaac” and “Medusa”), Rembrandt Van Rijn (“Self-portrait as a Young Man”, “Self-portrait as an Old Man” and “Portrait of an Old Man”) and views by Canaletto. The Uffizi now houses a huge artistic heritage consisting of thousands of paintings from medieval to modern times, a great number of antique sculptures, illuminations, and tapestries. It is also famous for its collection of self-portraits, which constantly grew through new acquisitions and donations of contemporary artists, as well as for another remarkable collection, that of the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints. Throughout the 19th century, new rooms were opened and the picture gallery continued to expand through the addition of major works including Botticelli's famous The Birth of Venus (acquired in 1815) and Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation (acquired in 1867). The acquisition of the Primavera, the splendid panel painted by Botticelli around 1482, dates to 1919. The 20th century led to the re-arrangement of the works, on various occasions, much restoration and, in recent times, the definitive arrangement of the Contini Bonacossi collection.
artwork: Giovanni Bellini - Allegoria sacra, circa 1485-1488, tavola.- Firenze, Galleria degli Uffizi. Photo: Gabinetto fotografico Soprintendenza P.S.A.E. e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze
From March 11th 2011 until June 12th 2011, the Uffizi is hosting “Figure, memory, Space”, a selection of drawings from the 15th century taken equally from the Uffizi and British Museum collections. The exhibition unites two of the most important graphics collections in the world in a partnership symbolically using an identical number of loans from each collection. The intention is to focus on the decades from the start of the fifteenth century to the early years of the sixteenth when drawing established its role as an independent artistic expression. The artists featured are all outstanding and include Florentine and central Italian artists such as Lorenzo Monaco, Beato Angelico, Filippo and Filippino Lippi, the Pollaiolo, Verrocchio, Botticelli, Perugino and Ghirlandaio right through to Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo. Alongside these, northern Italian artists represented include Pisanello, Amico Aspertini, the Ferrara school, Jacopo and Gentile Bellini, Mantegna and Titian. Each of them offers their own interpretation of drawing, an intimate expression of their individual draughtsmanship, elaboration of a style, experimentation of a technique and meditation on the subject. In conjunction with this exhibition, in the Reali Poste, the Prints and Drawings Department will be displaying a further selection of fifty drawings, engravings and jewelry, again inspired by the three categories of Figures, Memories and Space. These are works visible only in Florence (the main exhibition had previously been on show at the British Museum), such as Mantegna’s Judith or the small cartoon for the Equestrian Monument to Sir John Hawkwood by Paolo Uccello and two small sketches once attributed to Cimabue, possibly by Giorgio Vasari himself. Finally, in the actual Gallery around twenty paintings by Renaissance artists have been provided with informative panels designed to connect the paintings with the preparatory studies on show in the Reali Poste. The shows are accompanied by two catalogues published by Giunti. The first of these is an Italian version of the preceding English publication, while the second is devoted to the works on display in the Prints and Drawings Department and to issues connected with collecting, taste and the critical reception of fifteenth-century Italian drawings and Florentine prints from Vasari to Berenson.

Florence Events, Festivals and Things to Do

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Florence Events and Florence Festivals 2011 / 2012
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Florence Events, Festivals and Things to DoLeading magazines for upcoming Florence festivals and events are regularly published and there are weekly event guides that are readily available. They contain up-to-date listings of events throughout Italy, with a focus on Florence and are aimed specifically at tourists and visitors.

These magazines are a useful source for shopping, dining and entertainment - providing you with a huge choice of things to see and do in Florence, Italy.

Florence National Public Holidays
  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • 6th January - Epiphany
  • Early April - Easter Monday
  • 25th April - Liberation Day and St. Mark's Feast Day
  • 1st May - Labour Day
  • 29th June - Local Feast Day
  • 15th August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 1st November - All Saints' Day
  • 8th December - Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 24th December - Christmas Eve
  • 25th December - Christmas Day
  • 26th December - Boxing Day / St. Stephen's Day
Florence Events in January - Florence

  • New Year's Eve / Day (Capodanno)- there are celebrations throughout Florence to welcome in the New Year
  • Fashion Shows (Florence) - held throughout January, the prestigious events feature leading Italian designers presenting their spring and summer collections

Florence Events in February - Florence

  • Viareggio Carnival - one of Italy's biggest carnivals, lasting for almost three weeks in February. Elaborate floats are paraded every Sunday

Florence Events in March - Florence

  • Feast of San Giuseppe (Siena) - this festival includes donkey races, floats and tournaments

Florence Events in April - Florence
  • Explosion of the Cart / Scoppio del Carro (Florence) - Easter Sunday, at noon a dove descends on a wire from the high altar of the cathedral and starts a large firework display from a cart
  • Exposition of the Virgin's Girdle (Prato) - this precious relic is displayed from Donatello's pulpit in the facade of the cathedral on several occasions during the year - Easter Sunday, 1st May, 15th August, 8th September and Christmas day
  • Festa degli Aquiloni - Kite Festival (San Miniato) - first Sunday after Easter, kite lovers perform aerial acrobatics on the Prato della Rocca, the grassy common above San Miniato
  • Sagra Musicale Lucchese (Lucca) - this extensive festival of sacred music is held in the city's numerous Romanesque churches
  • Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Artigianato / Exhibition of Crafts (Florence) - last week in April, this important European exhibition displays work of artists and artisans in the Fortezza da Basso
Florence Events in May - Florence
  • Festa del Grillo / Cricket Festival (Florence) - this festival takes place on the Sunday after Ascension day in Cascine Park and stallholders sell crickets in tiny woven straw cages, which are traditionally released by their new owners in the park for good luck
  • Maggio Musicale (Florence) - the city's major arts festival lasting until early June, with concerts by the Orchestra Regionale Toscano and dance, including ballet performances
  • Balestro del Girifalco / Falcon Contest (Massa Marittima) - first Sunday after 22nd May, preceded by a long procession throughout the streets, marksmen try to shoot a mechanical falcon on a wire with their crossbows. Also held again in August
Florence Events in June - FlorenceFlorence Events, Festivals and Things to Do
  • Gioco del Ponte / Game of the Bridge (Pisa) - this game involves two groups of people, representing the two halves of the city, one on each side of the river Arno, trying to push a seven tonne cart on rails to the opposite side
  • Calcio in Costume / Football in Costume (Florence) - mid to late June, usually held in the Piazza di Santa Croce, this ancient game is a combination of football and rugby
  • Estate Fiesolana / Fiesole Summer (Florence) - mid-June to the end of August, this is a festival of music, arts, drama, dance and film
  • Regata di San Ranieri (Pisa) - 17th June, boat races in costume and stunning processions of colourfully decorated boats are held on the River Arno
Florence Events in July - Florence
  • Corsa del Palio (Siena) - 2nd July and 16th August, this is one of Tuscany's most famous events in the Campo. It is a bareback horse race watched by thousands of people and was first recorded in 1283
  • Feast on San Paolino (Lucca) - a torchlight parade in period costume held in honour of the city's patron saint. There is also a crossbow contest
  • Joust of the Bear (Pisa) - 12 riders, three from each quarter of the city, gallop with a lance and attempt to spear two targets in the form of bears
  • Pistoia Blues (Pistoia) - early July, this famous international festival of blues music takes place in the Piazza del Duomo
Florence Events in August - Florence
  • Festival Pucciniano (Puccini) - throughout August, performances of the composer's operas in an open-air theatre by the lake (Torre del Lago) where he once lived
  • Rodeo (Albrese) - throughout August, cowboys of the Maremma demonstrate horse training and cattle herding
  • Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte (Montepulciano) - first half of August, this is an important festival of new work by leading composers, dramatists and coreographers
  • Festa della Bistecca (Cortona) - 15th August, this is the festival of beefsteak, a local speciality
  • Il Baccanala (Montepulciano) - penultimate Saturday, this is a feast of wine and food, celebrating the local Vino Nobile
Florence Events in September - Florence
  • Giostra del Saraceno / Joust of the Saracen (Arezzo) - first Sunday in September and throughout the summer, this medieval-style joust begins with a colourful parade of locals in period costume who proceed to the Piazza Grande
  • Festa della Rificolona (Florence) - 7th September, children from all over the area converge at the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, carrying candlelit paper lanterns to honour the eve of the birth of the Virgin
  • Feast of Santa Croce (Lucca) - 13th September, another torchlight parade in honour of the Volto Santo or 'Holy Face' wooden crucifix figure, which is usually kept in the cathedral, but on this day is paraded around by torchlight
  • Palio della Balestra / Crossbow Contest (Sansepolcro) - second Sunday, this contest originated in a dispute between the crossbowmen of Sansepolcro (in Tuscany) and those of Gubbio (in Umbria). The participants all dress in period costume
  • Rassegna del Chianti Classico (Chianti) - second week, this is the biggest Tuscan celebration of local wines
  • Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Antiquariato (Florence) - September to October, a major biennial antiques fair
Florence Events in October - Florence
  • Amici della Musica (Florence) - October to April, the 'Friends of Music' concert season
  • Sagra del Tordo / Festival of the Thrush (Montalcino) - last Sunday, this archery contest is set in the grounds of the 14th-century Fortezza (castle)

Florence Events in November - Florence
  • Feast of Santa Cecilia (Siena) - a varied programme of concerts takes place in honour of the patron saint of music
  • Festival dei Popoli (Florence) - November to December, this is Tuscany's most important film festival and is open to everyone, showing films in their original languages with Italian subtitles, at the Piazza dei Congressi
Florence Events in December - Florence
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Bagni di Lucca) - 8th December, this important feast day is celebrated by a fair in the Fornoli quarter
  • Burning of the Tree (Camporgiano, near Lucca) - 24th December, an immense bonfire of evergreen branches burns, accompanied by the great bell of San Giacomo
  • Feast of San Stefano (Prato) - 26th December, a feast celebrating the patron saint, St. Stephan
  • Feast of San Lucia (Siena) - ceremonies in the church of Santa Lucia are followed by an outdoor poetry and ceramic fair
  • New Year's Eve - 31st December, masses are celebrated in churches and there are also many parties and general celebrations

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Fortuny Museum VENICE  ITALY

Fortuny Museum, Venice

San Marco 3958
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Look for an ancient gothic palace which used to house the photography and painting workshop of 20th-century artist Mariano Fortuny. There is an art exhibition on the first and second floors, while the rest of the palace is being studied and restored.
How to get there
By vaporetti from Piazzale Roma: 1, stop: Sant’Angelo; 82, stop: San Samuele
Opening days
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Opening hours
10am-6pm; closed Dec 25 and Jan 1

2010                                                                                               Bronzes by Michelangelo in Florence
Alessandro Lazzeri-Nove da Firenze
This article has been translated from Italian to English.
Buonarroti Home will be on display from November 10 until January 10, 2011, eleven bronze medals taken from masterpieces by Michelangelo. In the courtyard of the museum will be located an impressive Moses and the New Sacristy in the Medici Madonna, the original marble is without doubt one of the highlights of a career supreme, while in the exhibition halls on the ground floor the visitor can admire a large series of bronzes, starting in his youth with the Madonna of the Stairs to end up in the extreme, tragic Rondanini Pieta.
The bronzes are the work of Marinelli Artistic Foundry, a company that now three generations working on products that can be defined as celebrities, cast in bronze by the Holy Door of St. Peter’s, dating back to the jubilee year 1950, the spiral staircase for access the Vatican Museums.
As for Florence, just mention the Bacchus Giambologna al Ponte Vecchio, the Pig by Pietro Tacca in New Market, the four figures at the base of Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini in the Loggia dei Lanzi.
The works carried out by a group of craftsmen who still work the old, to play life-sized sculptures that are part of the history of our country.
Over the years becomes more and more rare and valuable work of this kind, partly because of necessity should be based on the possession of old and very hard to find cast taken from the original, as can be seen if you visit the unique collection of plaster casts of Marinelli Artistic Foundry in Poggibonsi .
It is a production that touches particularly significant moments with life-size reproductions of masterpieces by Michelangelo, including the Saint Peter’s Pieta, already exhibited in the museum of the Casa Buonarroti in April 2007. Particularly appreciated by the public also raised the Bruges Madonna and Child, this last year in the museum in a thrilling bronze drawing from the same foundry.
The Florence exhibition is enriched by three original documents relating to the Buonarroti Archive events linked to Bacchus, the New Sacristy and the tomb of Pope Julius II laid the Moses has at last become the central element. Documents that help us understand how Michelangelo svolgesse his work, from the quarry to the location of the work over, and brought him much suffering the “tragedy of the burial” of Julius II.
The bronzes have been commissioned by the Marinelli Foundry Art New Renaissance Art, the American company that deals with the dissemination of these works in the world and is organizing an exhibition tour in the U.S. called “The Michelangelo Experience”.
The exhibition is accompanied by a booklet that also give notice of the original Michelangelo’s marble.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD - Damien Hirst in Florence

For the Love of God, the skull studded with diamonds realised by English artist Damien Hirst, which has become legendary since it was displayed for the first time in 2007, will be on view at Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence, from 26th November 2010 to 1st May 2011.
For the Love of God
is a platinum life-size model of a human skull studded with 8,601 absolutely pure and almost flawless diamonds, for a total of 1,106,18 carats. A large pear-shaped pink diamond is located in the forehead, also known as the “star of the skull”, while the teeth were taken from a real 18th-century skull bought by Hirst in London.
The diamond skull has no precedents in the history of art. From a certain point of view, the work represents a traditional “memento mori”, an object which deals with the transitoriness of the human existence. As the Dutch art historian Rudi Fuchs says: “The skull is out of this world, almost celestial. It proclaims victory over decay. At the same time, it represents death as something infinitely more relentless. Compared to the tearful sadness of a vanitas scene, the diamond skull is pure glory”.

Uffizi Gallery

This is one of the most famous museums of paintings and sculpture in the world. Its collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings comprises several universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time, including works by Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio. German, Dutch and Flemish masters are also well represented with important works by Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens.
The Uffizi Gallery occupies the top floor of the large building erected by Giorgio Vasari between 1560 and 1580 to house the administrative offices of the Tuscan State. The Gallery was created by Grand-duke Francesco I and subsequently enriched by various members of the Medici family, who were great collectors of
paintings, sculpture and works of art. The collection was rearranged and enlarged by the Lorraine Grand-dukes, who succeeded the Medici, and finally by the Italian State.
The Uffizi buildings also house other important collections: the Contini Bonacossi Collection and the Collection of Prints and Drawings (Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi).
The Vasari Corridor, the raised passageway connecting the Uffizi with the Pitti Palace, was built by Vasari in 1565. It is hung with an important collection of 17th-century paintings and the famous collection of artists’ Self-portraits.

Bronzino . Artist and poet at the court of the Medici

Bronzino. Artist and Poet at the Court of the Medici
September 24, 2010-January 23, 2011
This unique exhibition is the very first to be devoted to the work of one of the greatest painters of the 16th century, Agnolo di Cosimo known as Bronzino (1503−1572), a sophisticated court painter in the years in which Cosimo I de’ Medici was in power and one of the greatest artists in the history of Italian painting.
The exhibition, with loans from some of the leading museums of the world, offers visitors the chance to admire over 70 paintings by the artist himself, alongside work by Pontormo, Cellini, Tribolo, Baccio Bandinelli, Pierino da Vinci and Alessandro Allori. The decision to exhibit only works of the highest quality gives a broad
audience the chance to admire and to explore the dizzying poetic heights achieved by the painter, thanks to direct comparison with the work of other artists set alongside Bronzino’s artistic output for the very first time.

The exhibition is promoted and produced by Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Soprintendenza PSAE e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze.