Events in Florence and surroundings: detail

Palazzo Pitti, Rubens returns after restoration

17 September 2019 to 17 September 2020

The famous Madonna of the Basket returns to Palazzo Pitti, renewed after three years of restoration work by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. The piece had been seriously compromised by previous restorations, which had thickened the pictorial surface, dampening the original brilliance of the colors, the depth of the shadows, and the delicacy of the details: all aspects for which Rubens, the Flemish artist, was renowned and which made the Madonna of the Basket such a masterpiece.

However, thanks to the expertise and skill of the specialists at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, the Florence Institute for Art Restoration, the painting has been restored to its original splendor. Painted by Rubens around 1615 and known as the Madonna of the Basket due to the particular basket shape the artist chose as a cradle for Jesus, the precious painting depicts the Holy Family together with Elizabeth and the infant Saint John the Baptist. Universally considered a small masterpiece, measuring only 144x88 cm, the painting has now finally returned to the Sala di Giove in the Palatina Gallery of Palazzo Pitti where you may once again admire its magnificent beauty.

Palazzo Pitti, which has been a treasure trove of art in Florence since the time of the Medici family, is just a 10-minute walk from Convitto della Calza.