Bargello Announces Donatello Restoration Complete

  The Bargello Museum has announced the restoration of Donatello’s bronze Crucifixion complete.   The relief, originally completed between 1453 and 1454, underwent its most thorough restoration yet and is finally ready to be shown again in the Bargello. The restoration took six months and cost approximately €20,000, which was funded by Friends of Florence. …

Florence art historian claims to have found original Caravaggio

    Art historian Mina Gregori claims to have identified a hitherto unknown painting in a private collection as Caravaggio’s original Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy, which art historians believed until now to be in Rome. The  90-year-old president of the Roberto Longhi Foundation in Florence and foremost authority on the subject was contacted by the …

Macchiaioli Mark NY

  An exhibition showcasing the Macchiaioli, Tuscan art pioneers who broke new ground in the late 1800s with a style that composed artworks using macchie or marks, has opened in New York at the Italian Cultural Institute. Although they pre-empted the French Impressionist movement, until now Macchiaioli works have gone largely unknown in the US. …

Masterpieces Meet in Prato

An exhibition of masterpieces by Tuscan and Venetian artists, many of which have never before been displayed to the public, is on show at the Palazzo Pretorio Museum in Prato until January 6. Meeting Masterpieces displays 86 works by artists including Caravaggio, Filippo Lippi, Bellini, Caravaggio, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Jacopo Bassano, which have been drawn …

Museums Now Open Late on Fridays

Extended hours until Dec. 26 Florence’s most prestigious state museums are now open late on Friday nights until December 26. The museums, which include the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, Bargello National Museum and the Medici Chapels Museum, will be open from 7–10 p.m. and will enable visitors to enjoy both permanent and temporary exhibitions on display …

Free Museum Tours with Autunno ad Arte

Enjoy autumn’s nippy afternoons indoors with free guided art tours (in Italian). Autunno ad Arte hosts two tours in November at the Gallery of Modern Art, Palazzo Pitti:   Spotlight on the Twentieth Century   This exhibition commemorates the centenary of the museum’s foundation by focusing on its impressive collection of twentieth-century works.        …

Medici Miniatures Showcased

  The Pergamene Fiorite: Flower collections from the Medici collection exhibit runs until December 14 at the Still Life Museum in Poggio a Caiano, showcasing a series of floral paintings that date from the early seventeenth to eighteenth century. The paintings were all done on parchment, or ‘sheep paper’ as the material was traditionally called. …