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2 April – 2 July 2004
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Piazza San Lorenzo, 9 - Firenze

The Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence and the National Committee for the celebrations in honour of the two thousandth anniversary of the birth of Lucius Annaeus Seneca organize an exhibition on the great philosopher and tragedian born in Cordoba around the beginning of the 1st century a.D. who committed suicide in Rome in 65 a.D.

The exhibition aims at illustrating also to non specialists the importance of Seneca as a man and as an author whose works both reflect the drama and contradictions of his time and have been handed down from Antiquity to the end of the fifteenth century in a large quantity of manuscripts and printed books, in Latin and in Vernacular translation.

The manuscripts on show (around 90) belong in part to the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana and in part to many prestigious Italian and foreign libraries – e.g. the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale and the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence, the Archivo de la Corona de Aragón in Barcelona, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Stiftsbibliothek in St. Gallen (Switzerland) and the Vatican Library – which have all lent them for the occasion.

An interactive synthesis of the exhibition will be accessible (from 2 April 2004), in Italian and in English, from the Library’s website -

Place: Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Piazza San Lorenzo, 9 - 50123 – Firenze.

Timetable: Tuesday-Sunday: 8,30 am - 1,30 pm. Closed on Mondays, 1 May and 2 June 2004

Ticket: € 3,00 (no reductions foreseen)

Services : Guided tours – Catalogue for sale - €. 25.00

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Pittore d'eleganza e devozione

With the exhibition dedicated to Jacopo di Chimenti da Empoli (Florence 1551-1640) the City of Empoli the place where the painter's family was from-pays omage to oneof the most important figures of Florentine painting at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth century, honouring his stature as an artist with an important collection of his masterpieces and a number of studies proposing modern reflections on his school of thought/style.

The exhibition aim's, in fact, to trace the long history of Jacopo da Empoli's work, a faithful follower of Santi di Tito's reform, respectful of the post-tridentine artistic conventions, he was closely bound to the great masters of the first half of the sixteenth centuty (particularly Andrea del Sarto and his countryman Pontormo), yet always able to bring out something new in himselfand to experiment the new trends in painting of the century to come.

The exhibition also sets out however to make the work of the highly fertile and greated talented artist better known, expecially throught his beautiful preparatory studies for the paintings. An artis who, for the decisiveness and mastery of his stroke has few rivals on the undoubtedly rich contemporary art scene.

Empoli, Chiesa di Santo Stefano e Convento degli Agostiniani
March 21 - June 20 2004

Opening times: 10 a.m.- 7p.m. closed on Monday
Tikets: full ticket € 7 - Reduced-price € 5 - Special reduced-price€ 3

Info: Comune di Empoli – Ufficio cultura
Tel.: 0039 0571 757729-829 Fax: 0039 0571 757740


Works from all over the world for the first exhibition on the best-loved painter of the Renaissance

The exhibition will be inaugurated in Paris by President Ciampi, and in March 2004 will be transferred to Palazzo Strozzi, where it will include many more masterpieces and a special section dedicated to Filippino Lippi

Florence 18 September 2003 - After having been dispersed for over 500 years, some of the most important works by Sandro Botticelli will be brought together again in Florence on the occasion of the major exhibition to be held in Palazzo Strozzi from 10 March to 11 July 2004 to honour one of the best-loved artists of the Renaissance.

The project has been presented to the Press today by the representatives of the four promoting bodies: for the Florence City Council, the Councillor for Culture Simone Siliani, the Special Commissioner for the Florentine Polo Museale, Antonio Paolucci, Edoardo Speranza, the Vice-Chairman of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, and Franco Camarlinghi, Chairman of Firenze Mostre which organises and produces the exhibition.

The monographic exhibition on Botticelli will open initially in Paris, at the Sénat de la Republique Française at the Musée du Luxembourg, running from 29 September 2003 to 22 February 2004, after which it will be transferred to Florence, and enlarged in terms of the number of works on show. The Paris inauguration, which coincides with the semester of the Italian Presidency of the European Community, will be officiated by the President of the Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi along with representatives of the major Italian and French institutions.

Thanks, above all, to the active interest of the Florence Commission and the Commissioners of Rome and Naples, the Italian museums have made a significant contribution with the loan of works which make up an important nucleus of the two exhibitions, just as prestigious international institutions have collaborated by making loans never granted before.

In the light of the most recent studies on the work of Botticelli and the Florentine fifteenth century, the exhibition will present the most significant themes of Botticelli's art and its stylistic evolution, proceeding from the works of private destination, commissioned by a narrow circle of patrons, to those in which the uneasiness of the form is justified by the disturbance and lacerations brought to Florence by the thought of Savonarola. The bringing together of so many works by the great master will enable direct comparisons which were never before possible.

From the early Madonna and Child paintings, such as that conserved at the Musée Fesch in Ajaccio, still bound to the style of Filippo Lippi, the display itinerary leads through to the masterpieces of his maturity, such as Pallas and the Centaur, or one of the scenes from the Story of Nastagio degli Onesti, exceptionally loaned by the Prado museum. Alongside we find the portraits of the figures connected with the circle of the Medici commissioners and the tension-charged Annunciations which usher in the final phase of the artist's life.

To illustrate Botticelli's varied activity, there will also be the drawings he made to illustrate the Divina Commedia. Also significant is the presence of other artists close to Botticelli's cultural sphere, such as Piero di Cosimo, Filippino Lippi and Leonardo da Vinci; an extraordinary drawing by the latter, conserved in a private American collection, will be on display.

In comparison to the Paris show, the Palazzo Strozzi exhibition will offer important novelties and ulterior international loans; as well as the already-mentioned Scenes from the Story of Nastagio degli Onesti, there will be two panels of the Annunciation from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Lamentation over the Dead Christ from the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan and the lovely Madonna and Child paintings from Boston, Chicago and Edinburgh.

Considering that the exhibition will provide the opportunity to confront the works of Botticelli with those of contemporary artists, and in particular with the paintings of Filippino Lippi, Palazzo Strozzi has decided to devote a special section to the latter artist, also as a way of celebrating the fifth centenary of his death. Upon instructions from the Florentine Commission, the art historian Jonathan Nelson has selected some of the finest and most striking of Filippino's works which, alongside those of Botticelli, will enrich this glimpse into the Florentine culture of the second half of the fifteenth century. For this section too several important loans have been made, including the Pietà from Washington, the Portrait of a Musician from Dublin, the Noli me tangere from the Seminario Patriarcale of Venice and the Tondo Corsini, housed in the collection of the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.

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