The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence


    Special tickets ARE NOT required for this exhibition. Enjoy the exhibition during regular museum hours.

    This major international exhibition provides a detailed survey of the art of Florence during the years that Michelangelo and artists employed by the first Medici grand dukes—such as Cellini, Bronzino, and Pontormo—produced celebrated masterpieces. Works by these artists bolstered the wordly power and status of the ruling family and reflected the sophistication and refinement of Florentine court circles, in which high value was placed upon classical aesthetics and scientific learning. Many of the 200 objects in the exhibition—including sculpture, painting, armor, medals, porcelain, and tapestries—have never before traveled out of Florence. Among the objects on view for the first time in the United States are three sculptures by Michelangelo, some of the greatest paintings of the Uffizi and Pitti Galleries, and works from the famed Studiolo (treasure room) of Francesco I in the Palazzo Vecchio.

    The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence is the first major exhibition in North America devoted to this moment of great achievement and artistic innovation, one of the richest periods in the history of art. Before coming to the Art Institute, the exhibition opened at the Strozzi Palace in Florence. After leaving Chicago it will be seen at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

    A fully illustrated, scholarly exhibition catalogue, published by the Yale University Press in association with the Detroit Institute of Arts, accompanies the show.

    Larry Feinberg, Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Curator of European Painting, the Art Institute; Alan P. Darr, Walter B. Ford II Family Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the Detroit Institute of Arts; Marco Chiarini, director emeritus, Palazzo Pitti, Florence

    The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence was organized by The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino, and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, Italy, with the close collaboration of the The Art Institute of Chicago and the Firenze Mostre, Florence. Travel assistance was provided by Alitalia Airlines.

    The exhibition is made possible
    by the Bank One Foundation.
    This exhibition is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanties, promoting excellence in the humanities. Additional funding was received from the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, as well as the Italian Consulate General, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Chicago, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ente Cassa di Risparmio, Florence, provided generous funding for the exhibition in the United States and Italy.
    In Chicago the exhibition is supported by The Woman's Board of The Art Institute of Chicago.

    Above: Cristofano Allori (Florence, 1577–1621). Judith with the Head of Holofernes, 1616/18. Oil on canvas. Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence; cat. 5 (Photo: Paolo Nannoni, Florence)

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