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Michelangelo, Pontorno, Giambologna and others

by Peña Monje

For the first time in Florence, the absolute 16th-century masterpieces are all grouped together at Palazzo Strozzi in a new, extraordinary event from 21st September to 21st January 2018. The exhibition is dedicated to art in the second half of the 16th century, a unique season for art history, marked by the Council of Trent and the figure of Francesco I de’ Medici. The exhibition, curated by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali, includes over 70 works amongst paintings and sculptures for a total of 41 artists who will be linked together in an atmosphere full of nuances. The protagonists are figures of the calibre of Michelangelo, Pontormo or Rosso Fiorentino, painters such as Vasari, Jacopo Zucchi, Giovanni Stradano and Girolamo Machietti and sculpturers like Giambologna, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Vincenzo Danti. The itinerary opens new horizons on an era of great artistic proliferation, where the visitor can compare works never seen before, discovering once again certain masterpieces such as the famous “Pietà di Luco” by Andrea del Sarto or “Fluvial God” by Michelangelo.

The exhibition is divided in various halls: in the first, masterpieces of the Twenties of the 1500s can be admired created by artists who were masters like Michelangelo and Andrea del Sarto. In the second hall works by Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino and Bronzino are gathered as well as the great works by Cellini, Salviati and Vasari. The itinerary starts first with a section dedicated to sacred themes and continues with the profane. In both sections we find the same artists amongst which Giorgio Vasari, Mirabello Cavalori, Girolamo Macchietti or Giambologna. At the end of the itinerary we find the last two halls where marble works and altar boards of an extremely high quality are gathered, works carried out right at the end of the 1500s or actually at the start of the 1600s.
“Il Cinquecento a Firenze” has been made feasible thanks to the important network of collaborations created both with local museums and institutions and international ones, and thanks to the important restoration campaign carried out on the occasion of the exhibition: fourteen interventions have been carried out and ten altar pieces of large dimensions and Michelangelo’s sculpture, “Fluvial God” have undergone restoration work: an opportunity for those works which had been awaiting long and complex interventions for some time.

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1.01 - Andrea del Sarto (Andrea d’Agnolo; Florence 1486-1530)
Mourning the dead Christ (Pietà di Luco) 1523-1524,
oil painting on wood cm 238,5 x 198,5. Florence, Uffizi Galleries,
Galleria Palatina, inv. 1912 n. 58

1.02 - Michelangelo Buonarroti (Caprese or Chiusi della Verna 1475-
Rome 1564) Fluvial God1526-1527 circa. Model in clay, earth, sand, animal and vegetablefibres, casein on steel wire. Subsequent restoration works: chalk, iron mesh, cm 65 x 140
x 70 Florence, AccademiadelleArti del Disegno (stored at the Casa Buonarroti museum)

1.04 - Rosso Fiorentino (Giovan Battista di Jacopo; Florence 1494-
Fontainebleau 1540) The Deposition1521,
oil painting on wood, cm 343 x 201. Volterra, Picture Gallery&CivicMuseum

1.05 - Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci; Pontorme, Empoli 1494-Florence
1557) Deposition1525-1528, tempera paints on wood, cm 313 x
192. Florence, Chiesa di Santa Felicita
Sezione 2

2.01- Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo; Florence 1503-1572) Christ
deposed1543-1545 circa, oil painting on wood, cm 268 x 173
Besançon, Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, inv.

3.01 - Giorgio Vasari (Arezzo 1511-Florence 1574) Crucifixion
1560-1563, oil painting on wood, cm 450 x 248. Florence, Chiesa di
Santa Maria del Carmine

6.10 - Bartolomeo Ammannati (Settignano 1511-Florence 1592)
Hercules &Antaeus1558-1560, bronze, h. cm 201. Florence, Villa
medicea della Petraia