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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 14:48

Donatello Sculptures to go on View in New York

The Museum of Biblical Art in New York City will host an unprecedented exhibition of sculptures by Donatello along with works by Filippo Brunelleschi, Luca della Robbia, Nanni di Banco, and others. The works, which were created for the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, have never been on view in the United States.

“Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral” will feature 23 works created for Florence’s Duomo by leading masters of the Italian Renaissance. Highlights include Donatello’s “Lo Zuccone (Habbakuk),” which was created during the most productive period of his career; two recently restored bronze heads, one by Donatello and the other by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, which were made for the singing gallery that Donatello fashioned for the Duomo’s interior; and three early 15th-century stone reliefs derived from scenes from the Florence Baptistery’s Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti. A full-scale cast of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise will be on view in New York City at a location that will be announced in the months leading up to the monumental exhibition.

The Museum of Biblical Art, an independent museum that explores the Bible’s impact on art, is the sole venue for the exhibition. The Duomo is currently undergoing an expansion and renovation that is expected to reach completion in October 2015.      

“Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral” will be on view at the Museum of Biblical Art from February 20 through June 14, 2015.

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Friday, 27 December 2013 17:56

15th Century Italian Panels to Tour US

Three marble panels depicting children singing and playing music will go on tour in the United States beginning in 2014. Created by Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia for the Florence Cathedral’s organ loft, the panels will go on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta from October 25, 2014 until January 11, 2015.

The panels were removed from the Cathedral in 1688 during a renovation and eventually ended up in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, which is lending them for the first tour of its kind in the US.

Due to the panels’ subject and history, the exhibition will include audible church music organized in part by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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