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The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo to Giambologna


September 21 2017 – January 21 2018

Most visitors to Florence make time to see the famous sculpture of the David by Michelangelo. But if walls could talk, certainly Renaissance-era Palazzo Strozzi would make a compelling draw with its latest exhibit. Curated by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna’ explores the latter part of the 16th century and its many influences, political and cultural, on the art of the time.

With over 70 works from Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Santi di Tito, Giambologna and Bartolomeo Ammannati to name a few, the focus is on the period marked by the patronage of Francesco I de’ Medici. The Medici Family’s history can be traced back to the 13th Century but it was Francesco’s influence on the art in Florence during the late 1500s that this exhibit explores. With ten large altarpieces from churches, the mark left by the Council of Trent and the Counter-Reformation is another aspect of the period explored in this exhibit. Collaborating with private collectors, international museums, and churches in Tuscany and beyond, this is a rare opportunity to see numerous pieces, many of them restored especially for this exhibit.

The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna’ opens September 21 and runs through January 21, 2018. It offers many opportunities to experience the collection and offerings for Italian Language immersion programs, audio guides for adults and children over five, special workshops for families, and much more. For more information or to add this on your tour to Florence, please contact Cultural Italy.

Jennie Olson Six
Cultural Italy Staff Writer
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