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The 16th century in Florence, third act. That is how we could define the important exhibit in Palazzo Strozzi.

Two exhibitions dedicated to great artists of the sixteenth century have already been held (Bronzino in 2010 and Pontormo and Rosso in 2014) and now Palazzo Strozzi is launching a large scale exhibit, the Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna. A display that, by including the whole century, highlights major changes and contrasts: from the different facets of Mannerism to the art of the Counter-Reformation, from Late Mannerism to the forerunners of the next century.

Seventy works are on display, paintings and sculptures by forty-one artists on a chronological and thematic journey set up in a binary way: between the sacred and the profane, between Mannerism and Counter-Reformation.
The cliche that Florentine art degenerated when Michelangelo left Florence for good and moved to Rome is proved wrong. Michelangelo, Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino and Pontormo are landmarks for whole generations but the exhibit focuses on the second half of the sixteenth century and brings to the fore even other painters and sculptors, well known to the public and lesser-known ones, Giorgio Vasari, Jacopo Zucchi, Giovanni Stradano, Girolamo Macchietti, Mirabello Cavalori, Santi di Tito, Giambologna, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Vincenzo Danti.
Many of these revolved around the two big commissions of the Medici era: the Tribuna of the Uffizi and the Studiolo of Francesco I de' Medici in Palazzo Vecchio.

The exhibition allows you to admire at close range, side by side, absolute masterpieces of Mannerism, such as the Deposition by Pontormo and the Deposition from the Cross by Rosso.
The first of these two works has undergone a delicate restoration that has revealed the secrets of the pictorial technique. Other masterpieces on display are the Pietà created by Bronzino for the Chapel of Eleanor of Toledo, in Palazzo Vecchio, hailing from Besançon and the portrait of Francesco I, a work by Alessandro Allori, hailing from Antwerp.
The exhibit was made possible thanks to an extensive collaborative network of illustrious museum foundations worldwide.

The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna
Palazzo Strozzi
From September 21st to January 21st
Every day including holidays 10am to 8pm
Thursday 10am to 11pm

Admission: € 12, reduced-price ticket € 9,50.



Published: 18/9/2017

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