A Golden Glow - International Gothic in Florence 1375-1440
The first floor rooms in the Uffizi Gallery are to host a major exhibition exploring Florentine art in that crucial and very fertile period that stretches from about 1375 to 1440. The exhibition is to run from 19 June to 4 November 2012.
To recapture the sophisticated and highly polished mood of that long season, paintings famous for centuries are set alongside others which, while extremely beautiful, are perhaps less well-known to the public at large. Visitors will also be able to admire an array of wood and marble sculpture, illuminated manuscripts and works of art both sacred and profane, all of them creations of the highest quality and historical importance on loan from prestigious musems and private collections in Italy and abroad.
The exhibition, set out in chronological order, starts with the work of the greatest artists working in the tradition of the late 14th century, including such masters as Agnolo Gaddi, Spinello Aretino, Antonio Veneziano, Gherardo Starnina and Lorenzo Monaco. After Starnina's death, Lorenzo Monaco was the last great Florentine painter to subscribe to the Gothic style in its dying throes, developing a style so personal that it was extraneous even to the sophisticated naturalism of Gentile da Fabriano, a lyrical painter of the era whose work, celebrated for its poignant beauty, is also on display.Visitors will be able to explore the work of artists active in Florence between the 14th and 15th centuries—artists who were driven by their attachment to the late 14th century tradition yet whose curiosity and interest were aroused by the ground-breaking innovation of the new Humanist doctrine and its enthusiastic rediscovery of the classical world. Many of the works on display are by artists of excellence whose work deserves to be more widely known and appreciated: Lippo d’Andrea, Mariotto di Cristofano, Giovanni Toscani, Ventura di Moro, Francesco d’Antonio and Arcangelo di Cola.At the same time, visitors will also be able to admire the breathtaking achievements of Lorenzo Ghiberti, one of the leading players on the Late Gothic scene in Florence who, in the early part of his career, trained virtually all of the city's most important artists in his workshop for the first Baptistry door. Close by, we encounter the gentle style of Fra Angelico, an artist who, along with Michelozzo, embodies a form expression that aimed to conjugate the legacy of the artistic vocabulary of the recent past with the new language that was starting to blossom in the city thanks to Brunelleschi and Masaccio. Their approach was to attract the support and encouragement of several of the great Humanists in the entourage of Cosimo the Elder, head of the Medici family.The exhibition sets out to illustrate a uniquely varied and multifaceted period in the history of art: "While innovation in art was making laborious headway (one has but to think of the trials and tribulations of Brunelleschi the sculptor, architect and engineer), pre-existing and co-existing approaches to creativity continued to find favour with major public and private patrons, moving forward without any real rift but rather by refining, developing and reinterpreting the noble experience of the past. A plurality of artists and styles was the admirably composite product of an equally varied pattern of patronage" (Cristina Acidini).The exhibition "ends with Paolo Uccello's Battle of San Romano, on display here for the first time since its recent restoration, which provides the visitor with a wonderful synthesis of the intellectual and spiritual complexity of a unique era in Florentine art, when mathematical stringency and ethereal flights of fancy lived side by side, even crossing paths on occasion" (Antonio Natali). The exhibition, curated by Antonio Natali, Enrica Neri Lusanna and Angelo Tartuferi (who also edited the catalogue, published by Giunti), is promoted by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali with the Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Toscana, the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze, the Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze Musei and the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.
full rate: € 11.00; concession: € 5.50 for European citizens between 18 and 25 years old
Free entrance for European citizens under 18 and over 65years old
Tuesdays – Sundays 8.15a.m. - 6.50p.m.; ticket office closes at 6.05p.m.
Closed on Monday and 1st May
Educational service for school
Guided visit for school groups by booking only
Cost € 3.00 per student
Info and booking: Firenze Musei 055.294883
Exhibition guided service
Info and reservation: Firenze Musei 055.290383