The Uneasiness and the Grace in the Florentine Quattrocento Painting 11 March – 11 July 2004
The exhibition brings some of the most important works by Sandro Botticelli, one of the best-loved artists of the Renaissance.
The exposition presents the most significant themes of Botticelli’s art and its stylistic evolution, proceeding from the works of private destination, commissioned by a narrow circle of patrons, 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, such as that conserved at the Musée Fesch in Ajaccio, still bound to the style of Filippo Lippi, 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. Alongside we find the portraits of the figures connected with the circle of the Medici commissioners and the tension-charged Annunciations which usher in the final phase of the artist’s life.
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 Piero di Cosimo, Filippino Lippi and Leonardo da Vinci; an extraordinary drawing by the latter, conserved in a private American collection, will be on display.