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Botticini’s Palmieri Altarpiece and the exhibit at London’s National Gallery

Botticini‘s vast altarpiece “Assumption of the Virgin” is a painting undertaken in tempera on a wood panel by the Early Renaissance Italian painter Francesco Botticini. It was originally installed in the church of San Pier Maggiore in Florence in 1477. The altarpiece remained there until 1784, when the church was demolished. It was then purchased by the National Gallery in the 1880s, but hasn’t been put on display for many years. During the past months, it has been the subject of the exhibition “Visions of Paradise: Botticini’s Palmieri Altarpiece” at London’s National Gallery

Composition, 1955. Di Willem de Kooning [Da Kandinsky a Pollock, Palazzo Strozzi]

From Kandinsky to Pollock at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Palazzo Strozzi, located in Florence, the city of the Renaissance and of the poet Dante Alighieri, is currently hosting a major exhibition showcasing over one hundred works of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s. These works of art serve as a narrative that reconstructs relationships and ties between the museums of two American collectors, Solomon R. Guggenheim and his niece Peggy Guggenheim, which are located in New York City and Venice, respectively.

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The François Vase

Located in the National Museum of Archaeology in Florence, the François Vase is a jewel of ancient pottery decoration. Art, history, and myth, all in a container, but not just any: it is the François Vase. Archaeologists and art historians alike simply refer to it as the “François” after the name of its discoverer, Alessandro…

Tavola Doria

The Tavola Doria

The Battle of Anghiari is one of the world’s most controversial and mysterious masterpieces. Leonardo da Vinci began painting it on a wall in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio in 1503, leaving it unfinished. We only have copies of the fresco. One of these is La Tavola Doria, an anonymous sketch dating to the sixteenth century and representing the…

Santa Maria Novella Church, Florence, Italy

The Renaissance

The Renaissance is a term that refers to the historical, cultural, and artistic movement that developed first in Italy and then quickly spread throughout the rest of Europe, from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century. The various disciplines differed considerably from area to area. This movement was characterized by the emergence of a new way of looking at life and the revival of studies and the arts.

There is a consensus that the Renaissance began in Florence, Italy, in the 14th century. Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown’s Inferno agrees.

The Last Judgement by Michelangelo, Rome

The Last Judgement by Michelangelo in Rome

The Last Judgement is the name of the fresco located on the wall behind the altar of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. It was designed and realized by the Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti between 1533 and 1541.

It depicts the Second Coming of Christ as well as the final and eternal Judgement by God on all humanity according to the Christian religion.

Michelangelo’s masterpiece was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and is mentioned by Dan Brown in his Inferno.