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Talk: Finding Botticelli: Rachel McGarry

  • 01 Dec 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Talk: Finding Botticelli: Rachel McGarry

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for ICC Members to this sold out talk.

Thursday, December 1, 2022
6:30 to 7:30 PM

The Italian Cultural Center is thrilled to offer its members the opportunity to attend this week's sold out talk Finding Botticelli: Rachel McGarry at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. 

Sandro Botticelli was one of the most influential artists of the Florentine Renaissance, but much about his life is unknown. This talk will try to separate myth from fact to illuminate Botticelli’s life and the celebrated works he created 550 years ago.

Rachel McGarry is the Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of European Art, Curator of European Paintings and Works on Paper, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and co-curator of the exhibition “Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi.”

Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi is on view at Mia October 16, 2022 – January 8, 2023 in Target Gallery.

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About the exhibit

Marking the first collaboration between Mia and the Uffizi Galleries, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts, and a selection of ancient Roman marble statues. It is the largest and one of the most comprehensive shows on Botticelli ever staged in the United States, featuring works that seldom leave the Italian museum’s galleries.

On view from October 16, 2022, through January 8, 2023, in Mia's Target Galleries, "Botticelli and Renaissance Florence" contextualizes the artist’s works within the broader artistic and cultural climate of Renaissance Florence.

Famous for his large-scale mythological and secular paintings, Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510) was among the most celebrated and gifted artists of the Italian Renaissance. He is also well known for his inimitable treatment of sacred subjects, which include altarpieces, devotional pictures, and three major frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV. In addition to his Minerva and the Centaur, painted for the Medici family at the height of his career, the Uffizi is lending a dozen works by Botticelli, including nine paintings treating a range of subjects from the religious and mythological to portraiture and three drawings that are very rarely lent and have never been exhibited in the United States.

The exhibition also includes loaned works by Botticelli's master, Fra Filippo Lippi, and other members of Botticelli's circle, including Filippino Lippi, the Pollaiuolo brothers, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Luca Signorelli, and Lorenzo di Credi. Important Roman sculptures spanning the second century BCE to the second century CE are also on display, including five major works from the Uffizi's collection. These antiquities help illuminate the integral role played by ancient art in the Italian Renaissance and its influence on Botticelli and his circle—providing a rare opportunity to present together works by Botticelli and the sculptures that influenced him.

Loans from the Uffizi are interspersed with objects from Mia's collection, including Benedetto da Rovezzano's Saint John the Baptist sculptural bust (c. 1505) displayed alongside Jacopo del Sellaio's Triumph of Mordecai (c. 1485), a panel painting from the Uffizi that depicts a similar terra-cotta bust.

Visitors are able to see how artworks were originally displayed in Renaissance interiors and gain a better understanding of how they functioned in these spaces.

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