Exhibition in Arezzo 2009: The Della Robbia - Dialogue between the Arts in the Renaissance

In Arezzo, after the exhibition on Piero della Francesca's, another exceptional international exposure: The Della Robbia - Dialogue between the Arts in the Renaissance.

The exhibition which opened on 21 February 2009 in Arezzo, near the headquarters of the State Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, is an opportunity to retrace the fascinating journey of terracotta in the Renaissance by highlighting the close dialogue with the "three arts sisters"  (sculpture, painting and architecture) and the varied world of the "decorative arts" (earthenware, porcelain, mosaics, glass, enamels, gold, marquetry,etc.).

The exhibition contains about 140 works and offers some exceptional news as the Annunciation with polychrome decorations in gold, dating from the late fifteenth century, which once was kept in a chapel in the Church of San Francesco in Barga (LU).

Set up in the Arezzo State Museum of Medieval and Modern Art and organized by Giancarlo Gentilini and Liletta Fornasari, the exhibition ‘I Della Robbia, il dialogo tra le Arti nel Rinascimento’ intends to demonstrate the versatile and fascinating development of the art of glazed terracotta created by the Della Robbia family, and thus called ‘robbiana’, during the Renaissance: starting from the mysterious reasons for the ingenious ‘invention’ of Luca della Robbia to the diffusion of this “new, useful and beautiful” art, as developed by the Della Robbia family and by the rival Buglioni’s workshop; but most of all, this exhibition wishes to examine, for the first time, the close and fertile relationship existing between the varied arts.

Sculpture, painting, architecture and the decorative arts are compared to one another in this fascinating exhibition where you can admire, apart from the Della Robbia masterpieces, the works by the most important figures of the Renaissance – Donatello, Ghiberti, Andrea del Verrocchio, Rossellino, Pisanello, Filippo Lippi, Pollaiolo, Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Lorenzo di Credi, Leonardo, Fra’ Bartolomeo, Domenico Veneziano, Fra’ Carnevale, Sansovino – passing through a century of  Italian history of art and through the exciting moment of the Tuscan Renaissance.

Fundamental theme of the exhibition is the "comparison" and the "dialogue" with the painting, whose protagonists were the Della Robbia: from the works of Luca Della Robbia influenced by painters Filippo Lippi and Pisanello; to the ones of Andrea Della Robbia with Verrocchio, Perugino, Fra' Bartolomeo and savonaroliani painters; to the challenge of "modern manierism", which sees the latest generation of Tuscan sculptors to join the researches of Andrea del Sarto. It will be impressive and seductive see the works of the Della Robbia compared to paintings by contemporary artists.
Equally rich in interest is the relationship with the sculptors - such as Rustici, Sangallo, Ghiberti and Donatello of which are exhibited some works - and architects like Benedict of Maiano and Brunelleschi.

Therefore, this is an ambitious and absolutely new exhibition and thanks to the cooperation of the Louvre (also in generous loans) also contains information on new ceramic mixtures and glazes of Della Robbia artists, as the result of chemical and physical investigations conducted by the laboratories of the French Museum.
This exposure will allow you to reinterpret and to further understand the meaning and the value of an exceptional form of art of which there are still many examples remaining in the Province of Arezzo. And so the exhibition becomes the very heart of a journey across this area – between the Casentino, Valdarno, Valdichiana and Valtiberina valleys – along wonderfully romantic itineraries where art and nature merge together in an absolutely fascinating combination.

Exhibition venue: Museo Statale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna - Arezzo, via San Lorentino, 8
Date: 21 February – 7 June 2009
Exhibition opening hours: Every day: 9.00am - 7.00pm  (The ticket office closes at: 6.00pm)
Tickets : Full price ticket € 10,00;  Reduced ticket* € 7,00; Reduced ticket** € 5,00; Free*** € 0,00
Audioguide: Rent fee/person € 5,00
More: www.mostradellarobbia.it  

    * Visitors over 65
    * Visitors between 18 and 25
    * Groups of 15 to 30 people
    * Special concessions
    * Holders of the Bacci Chapel ticket Special
    **Visitors between 6 and 18
    ** For schools
    ** Special concessions
    *** Children under 6
    *** Companions of disabled visitors
    *** People accompanying groups or schools
    *** Authorized tourist guides



True Renaissance

The "he Della Robbia" exhibition is extremely beautiful. I come from Hamburg, Germant and I have never seen anything quite like it . The times of the renaissance are blooming throughout these incredible works of art. Highly recommended! Regards, Tobias Meier

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