Works by Botticelli and Renaissance artists come to Mia

Sandro Botticelli is considered one of the most famous and influential artists of the Italian Renaissance, and the Minneapolis Art InstituteThe brand new internationally acclaimed exhibition features works from the 30-year career of this multifaceted visual artist. For the first time ever, 45 works from the famous Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy will be exhibited in the United States, at Mia’s Target Galleries.

“Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi” is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition organized around Botticelli in the United States, and is the first-ever collaboration between the Uffizi Galleries and Mia. The exhibition opens the door to new international cooperation between galleries.

Botticelli’s work breathed new life into the culture that existed in Italy during his lifetime, according to Mia’s European art historian Rachel McGarry. His work (and that of those around him) has created new frontiers and conceptualized religious myths and legends into unique new art styles that simulate animation-like movement and facial expression in storytelling detail. Botticelli’s talent and skill piloted him to create three major frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV in 1481.

With a combination of paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, decorative arts and a selection of ancient Roman marble statues by Botticelli and members of his entourage, including Botticelli’s master, Fra Filippo Lippi, “Botticelli and Renaissance Florence” combines the rare opportunity to present side by side Botticelli’s most famous work and the work that directly inspired him. The exhibition summarizes all that is Botticelli – some of his earliest paintings (“Portrait of a Young Man”, 1470) and oldest (“Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist”, 1500 ). His most famous creations (“Pallas and the Centaur”, 1482) and some of his rarest drawings. (“Two naked men”, 1475-1482)

The exhibition is divided into distinct themes by its five galleries: Art All’Antica: Virtue, Passion and Pleasure; The Sculpture Garden and Antiquities of San Marco in Renaissance Florence; Sacred Beauty; The interior of the Renaissance: a decor of virtue and magnificence; From Life: Florentine Faces and People. Each gallery contains a unique combination of pieces specially brought together to tell the story of Botticelli’s life and work. Whether it’s Botticelli’s mythical depiction of the power of women in marriage and relationships in his most famous piece, “Pallas and the Centaur”, or his rarely exhibited prototype-type drawings hung near their correlated painting or sculpture, each gallery highlights the hidden details in Botticelli’s works that tell the story of his artistic career.

“Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterpieces from the Uffizi” will be on display at Mia from October 16 through November 8 with general admission tickets starting at $20 and visitors 17 and under enter free.

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