Medici Art Flies to Paris

By Emily Baqir A collection of art of the Medicis including works by Rosso Fiorentino, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo, and Bronzino, will be on display until Jan. 25 at the Muséè Jacquemart-André in Paris. Visitors will be immersed in a setting that mixes shaded colors and stunning graphic elements. Guests should also expect …

Between Michelangelo and Donatello Koons’ Sculpture -on display on Piazza della Signoria until Dec. 28

By Emily Baqir A sculpture by American artist Jeff Koons is currently exposed in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria between a copy of Michelangelo’s David and a copy of Donatello’s “Judith and Holoferne.” Titled “Pluto and Proserpina,” the sculpture stands 3.2 metres tall, is made of mirror-polished stainless steel with …

Baptistery and Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Museum to Reopen

The Baptistery and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) are scheduled to reopen to the public after restoration on Oct. 25 and Oct. 29, respectively, just in time for Pope Francis’ November visit. The Baptistery took two million Euros and 18 months to restore, while the Museum required more …

Florence’s Gardens Host Lynn Chadwick Sculptures

Florence is dedicating a ‘bucolic’ route to Lynn Chadwick, one of last century’s master British sculptors, with 24 of his metal artworks on show at the Boboli and Bardini gardens. Chadwick’s art lends a strong architectural quality to the manual work of a sculptor, particularly evident in his first works, which are characterized by hand-worked …

Filippino Lippi’s Annunciations Showcased

Two paintings by Florentine Renaissance painter Filippino Lippi portraying the theme of the Annunciation are on display at San Gimignano’s town hall until November 2, following recent restoration. The first painting focuses on the archangel Gabriel as he bears the news that the Virgin will give birth to Christ, while the second portrays the Virgin …

Lifting the Lid on Palazzo Pitti’s Cucinone

The restoration of one of the most interesting and lesser-known parts of Palazzo Pitti, the so-called cucinone (large kitchens), is now complete. The restoration began earlier this year and cost approximately €100,000. With their fireplaces, ovens, sinks, and various utensils, the cucinone were originally built in the years between 1588 and 1599, in time for …

Uffizi, Accademia and Bargello announce extended summer hours

The Uffizi Museum, Accademia Gallery and the National Bargello Museum are now opening their doors to visitors for nocturnal gallery-gazing from 7–11 p.m. every Saturday evening until December 19. The Uffizi Gallery is also offering free guided visits to the Contini Bonacossi Collection and the former church of San Pier Scheraggio over the summer. The …