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Exhibitions

Combine the fabulous art of Florence with a program events and activities that will help introduce you to this wonderful city, look at our exhibition calendar to stay updated on the latest news. Here you can find a selection of some of the most popular current exhibits across the city, at major museums, private museums and galleries.

 

Leopoldo de' Medici - Prince of the Collectors

Pitti Palace - Treasury of the Grandukes - Silver Museum. Till 28 January 2018


This exhibition shines the spotlight on Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici (Florence, 1617-1675) and his enthusiastic patronage of the arts and demonstrate the vast scope of his interests and the variety of works he collected.

Director of the Uffizi Gallery Eike Schmidt commented, “One of the most voracious collectors not just in the history of Florence and the Medici, but in Europe as a whole, the Cardinal was driven by a total passion for art. His visionary genius led him in his purchases, aiding him in the exploration—and acquisition—of entirely new frontiers in the collecting arena. He went on to arrange his acquisitions with an extremely refined intuition.”

Son of Grand Duke Cosimo II and the Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria, Leopoldo had contacts and counsel-givers throughout Europe: in particular, his connections in Rome (Ottavio Falconieri, Pietro da Cortona, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Leonardo Agostini, among others) helped him finalize purchases of varied and coveted ancient Roman works, several of which are displayed in the exhibition.

Leopoldo also had a keen interest in distant lands, pursuing objets d’art from the East as well as the New World countries. His ties in northern Europe helped him acquire important ivory sculptural groups of both sacred and profane content, while the religious sensibilities of the Medici court led him to commission precious reliquaries which have been brought back together for the show after previously being dispersed in basilicas across Tuscany.

Although the exhibition does not fully recreate the Cardinal’s lavish apartment—he was said to have 697 pieces hanging in his home upon his 1675 death—the studied selection of works on display evokes the original splendor of those rooms, where the walls were lined with works by Titian, Pontormo, Botticelli, Parmigianino, Veronese and Correggio, among others. 


The Cinquecento In Florence - From Michelangelo & Pontormo to Giambologna

Strozzi Palace from 21 September 2017 to 21 January 2018


This exhibition explores a period of incredible cultural and intellectual talent marked both by the Council of Trent and its Counter-Reformation and by the personality of Francesco I de' Medici, one of the most important figures in the history of coultry patronage of the arts of Europe.

More then 70 pieces of art by Giambologna, Pontormo, Bronzino, Rosso Fiorentino, Vasari and more representative of the Manierism. 


The new museum the Opera del Duomo

After a long period of restoration works the new Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence has opened its doors on October 29 2016.


The museum has not only been refurbished, but it has undergone a completely new conception. The museum was founded in 1891 in order to give care to the works of art made for adorning the interior or exterior of the religious monuments of the Cathedral complex.

The Museum has got the largest concentration of Florentine monumental sculpture including medieval and Renaissance statues and reliefs in marble, bronze and silver by the leading artists of the era: Arnolfo di Cambio, Giotto, Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Lorenzo Ghiberti and others.

The most important and astonishing news is the room which welcomes the visitors. It is a large and high space where the former façade of the Cathedral of Florence has been rebuilt and adorned with the statues originally made for it. In front of this façade the three restored doors of the Baptistry, so that a virtual piazza Duomo can be admired inside the museum.

The Museo dell'Opera has got 6,000 sq. mt. surface area and twenty-five rooms on three floors.

The Duomo or Cathedral Complex is made of the Cathedral itself with the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the New Museum of the Opera del Duomo, the Brunelleschi's Dome, the Baptistry and the Giotto's Belltower.

The regular price is 15 euro per person including the whole complex.

The entrance to the Cathedral (the church) is free for everybody.