Francesco Botticini_The Assumption of the Virgin

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.

The Tabernacle by Orcagna in Orsanmichele, Florence

Andrea Orcagna

Andrea Orcagna, originally known as Andrea di Cione, was one of the most prominent Florentine painter, sculptor, and architect of the mid-14th century. He is mentioned in Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno. To be specific, the novel’s main character Robert Langdon refers to the terrifying black demon whose red hair is smeared with the blood of his victims and who is attributed to Orcagna.

Sandro Botticelli self portrait

Sandro Botticelli

Alessandro Filipepi was born in Florence in the quarter of Santa Maria Novella near the Arno river.

Alessandro’s father, Mariano Filipepi, was a tanner and was aided in his trade by his proximity to the Arno. In an income tax return dating to 1458, Mariano stated that he had 4 sons: Giovanni, Antonio, Simone and Alessandro (nicknamed Sandro).

Vasari frescos in Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari was a very prolific and eclectic artist. He was born in Arezzo in 1511 and died in Florence in 1574, and has an important role in Dan Brown’s Inferno. He was a brilliant polymath, and his expertise covered a number of different subjects, including writing, painting, and planning.