FLORENCE, Italy: The Renaissance really began in a few decades at the beginning of the 15th century in Florence – an artistic revolution mapped out in a remarkable exhibition that assembles 140 sculptures and paintings from collections around the world.
Works by masters including Donatello and Masaccio, Brunelleschi and Paolo Uccello have been loaned for the unprecedented show thanks to a partnership between the Louvre museum in Paris and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, itself a Renaissance jewel.
“The exhibition aims to show that the origin of this revolution which lasted two centuries was sculpture,” said Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi, the exhibition’s Italian curator and herself a scion of an aristocratic Florentine family.
Paolozzi Strozzi said the real hero of the exhibition was Florence’s own Donatello (1386-1466), who “put his mark on the era.”
“He lived a very long time and he never stopped experimenting,” she said, pointing to a gilded bronze sculpture