Renaissance Star Botticelli in Minneapolis

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A once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Botticelli is taking place at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). Botticelli and Renaissance Florence brings together works by the renowned master from the Uffizi Gallery and antiquities from Mia’s collection to illustrate the profound influence the cultures of ancient Greece and classical Rome had on the art of Botticelli and his contemporaries. Works by some of those contemporaries, such as Filippo Lippi, Luca Signorelli, and Antonio Pollaiuolo are also on view.

The exhibition was organized with the Uffizi Gallery and Mia is the exclusive venue, offering the only opportunity to see these stunning works that rarely travel outside Italy. 

This excellent introductory video provides an overview with commentary from Katie Luber, the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan director and president of Mia; Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Gallery; and curator Rachel McGarry.

Resources about the exhibition can be found on the Mia site, including an essay from their editor, Tim Gihring: Renaissance man: Why Botticelli still matters (maybe more than ever)

Botticelli and Renaissance Florence runs through Jan 8, 2023

View of the gallery with the painting Pallas and the Centaur hanging between ancient sculptures on pedestals of a male torso and a centaur.
Installation view of Pallas and the Centaur.
View of a gallery with a statue of a reclining winged angel on a pedestal between two round paintings of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus.
Installation view of a sleeping Cupid flanked by Adoration of the Child with Angels (Madonna of the Roses) by Botticelli (left) and Madonna and Child with the Young St. John the Baptist and Angels by Francesco Botticini (right).


Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota Closes Jan. 8, 2023

FEATURED IMAGE: View of the entrance to the exhibition with a large detail from Adoration of the Magi filling the doorway.  

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