Events in Florence and surroundings: detail

Palazzo Pitti, a new exhibition dedicated to bronze sculpture

01 October 2019 to 31 January 2020

Palazzo Pitti reveals the secrets of bronze sculpture in Florence between the 17th and 18th centuries.

"Forged in Fire. Bronze sculpture in Florence under the last Medici", the new exhibition at Palazzo Pitti curated by the Uffizi director Eike Schmidt that sheds light on the artistic production of bronze sculptures during the time of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, the Medici.

In the rooms of Palazzo Pitti’s Grandukes Treasury, 170 sculptures have been gathered from the most prestigious museums in the world, including the Louvre, the St. Petersburg Hermitage, the London Victoria and Albert, the Los Angeles Getty, the New York Frick Collection, and the Washington National Gallery of Art.

Director Schmidt has also obtained equally prestigious loans from private collectors, in fact this will be the first-ever public showing for several of the bronze sculptures.

Among these, the refined "Venus after the Bath" by Giambologna, Flemish master and court sculptor to Francesco I de' Medici, who specifically invited the artist to Florence to create the bronze sculptures. The sculptures were so greatly valued that they went on to be used as currency in diplomatic and merchant negotiations.

The exhibition is open until 12 January 2020. Palazzo Pitti is just a 9-minute walk from the Convitto della Calza.