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Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi

Minneapolis Institute of Art


This sumptuously illustrated book presents the most recent scholarship in English on Botticelli and Renaissance Florence, featuring essays and entries written by an international team of scholars and experts in the field.

The authors examine both the rich array of works featured in the exhibition―paintings, drawings, prints, decorative arts, and ancient Roman marble statues―and seminal themes concerning Botticelli and the artistic achievements of Renaissance Florence. Works by Botticelli's master, Fra Filippo Lippi, and other members of Botticelli's circle, including Filippino Lippi, the Pollaiuolo brothers, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Perugino, and Lorenzo di Credi, are among the selection, as well as a dozen important works from the Minneapolis Institute of Art's collection.

Each object is accompanied by a dedicated entry written by a specialist. Particularly illuminating is the inclusion of antiquities and renewed consideration of the complex, multifaceted ways ancient art, literature, and philosophy influenced fifteenth-century Florence. The appendix offers a chronology contextualizing Sandro Botticelli's life and career and major historic events in Florence, enabling readers to grasp connections between sociopolitical changes and the artistic flowering of this period.

Cecilia Frosinini served for many decades as the director of panel paintings, mural painting, and drawings conservation at Florence's Opificio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro, a public institute of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage. She is author of more than one hundred scholarly art historical publications.

Rachel McGarry is the Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of European Art and curator of European paintings and works on paper at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She has organized numerous exhibitions, including Envisioning Evil: "The Nazi Drawings" by Mauricio Lasansky and Marks of Genius: 100 Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Details: 272 pages. 9 x 12 in, 160 color illustrations.

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