From Florence to New York: the Metropolitan Museum hosts a major exhibition dedicated to the Medicis
The Medici. Portraits and Politics. 1512-1570 reopens the MET's exhibition season
Opening today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is an exhibition devoted entirely to the Italian Renaissance, and in particular to the powerful Medici family of Florence.
Curated by Keith Christiansen (chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and art historian Carlo Falciani (professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence), the exhibition The Medici. Portraits and Politics. 1512-1570 will present, among others, masterpieces by Raphael, Francesco Salviati, Jacopo Pontormo, Benvenuto Cellini, Agnolo Bronzino, Titian, Sebastiano del Piombo.
On display are about a hundred works including paintings, sculptures, drawings and medals, which want to be a recognition of the cultural model established during the sixteenth century thanks to the Florentine dynasty and its exponent Cosimo I de 'Medici.
An exhibition that highlights the role of art as an instrument of knowledge of politics, and that will turn the spotlight on the historical and artistic heritage of Florence, as stated by the Councillor of Culture of Florence Tommaso Sacchi: "Raphael, Francesco Salviati, Pontormo, Benvenuto Cellini, Bronzino: these are some of the Masters of which you can admire the masterpieces in this extraordinary exhibition project, which brings Florence back on the international stage.