Palazzo Pitti presents “Forged in Fire. Bronze sculpture in Florence under the last Medici", with its first-ever exhibition dedicated to the history and art of bronze sculpture in Florence between 1600 and 1700.
Bronze sculpture actually reached its peak in Florence between those two centuries, so much so that it became a true currency for exchange among the nobility, bankers, and wealthy Florentine merchants during diplomatic and mercantile negotiations during that period.
Commissions were awarded by the Medici, the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, inaugurated by Francesco I de' Medici who wished to enrich his court with the company of Giambologna, the most important Flemish master of bronze sculpture. Among the many unpublished works on display, visitors will find Giambologna’s delightful “Venus after the Bath”, on loan from a private collection and publicly exhibited for the first time.
Personally curated by the director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt, the exhibition welcomes over 170 sculptures from private collections and the most prestigious international museums, including the Louvre, the St. Petersburg Hermitage, the London Victoria and Albert, the Los Angeles Getty, the New York Frick Collection, the Washington National Gallery of Art, and many others.
The exhibition will remain open until 12 January 2020.