"Michelangelo, Vasari, and Their Contemporaries Drawings from the Uffizi" Exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum

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Seventy-nine masterpieces of Renaissance drawing, including a number of rarely seen works, are on view in a new exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum entitled, Michelangelo, Vasari, and Their Contemporaries: Drawings from the Uffizi. The show focuses on artists who worked on the frescoes, paintings, tapestries, and other decorative work that embellished the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, best known as the home of the Medici dukes. Included in the show are sheets by Michelangelo, Pontormo, and Vasari, as well as mannerists such as Bronzino and Allori.

One of the most impressive buildings in Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio was the focal point of artistic activity throughout the sixteenth century, especially when Cosimo I de' Medici commissioned the artist-historian Vasari to design its expansion and decoration. The palace was more than doubled in size and included such masterpieces as the Studiolo of Francesco I de' Medici. The exhibition is divided into several sections highlighting the great masters who shaped Italian draftsmanship and the Palace's decorations.

The first section will showcase Michelangelo and Pontormo, followed by those who directly preceded Vasari's intervention in the Palazzo Vecchio, such as Salviati and Bronzino—the latter a rare draftsman here represented by four works. Vasari's own drawings as well as those of his collaborators in the various apartments of the Palace and the Salone dei Cinquecento represent a central section, followed lastly by the painters of the Studiolo such as Alessandro Allori.



from January 25, 2008 to April 20, 2008

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