Special Exhibitions

Arte a Firenze da Botticelli a Bronzino: verso una 'maniera moderna'

October 11 (Sat) – December 14 (Sun), 2014

Arte a Firenze da Botticelli a Bronzino: verso una 'maniera moderna'
In Florence, the cultural epicenter of the Italian Renaissance, workshops employing apprentices in systematized art production flourished in the 15th century and fostered many superb artists. Competing in friendly rivalry, these artists sought new modes of expression transcending the standardized work of the studios, and a sophisticated art style, termed the “maniera moderna” (new style) by Giorgio Vasari, blossomed in the 16th century.

This exhibition will trace the development of Florentine art from the 15th to the 16th century through works from the collection of the world-famed Uffizi Gallery, Florence’s oldest art museum, founded to house the art collections of the Medici family. The Uffizi Gallery is renowned for its excellent collection of works by Sandro Botticelli, one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance. Through paintings by Botticelli—including his famed Pallas and the Centaur—and works by Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, Agnolo Bronzino, and other leading figures of 16th-century Florentine art, some 80 pieces in all, this exhibition will convey the essence of the astonishingly rich and varied Florentine Renaissance.
Pallas and the Centaur, one of the best-known Botticelli masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery’s collections, will return to Japan after a hiatus of 34 years. Botticelli, who enjoyed the patronage of the Medici, a family celebrated for its vigorous support of the arts, is a painter closely associated with the Uffizi Gallery. Along with Pallas and the Centaur, which is thought to be produced for the Medici, the exhibition will also display his fresh and vibrant, early period Madonna and Child and works of strong individuality from his late years.
Paintings by the 16th-century painter Agnolo Bronzino will also be featured. Bronzino’s Allegory of Happiness executed on a small tin plate is a work of bright colors and delicately rendered figures. The painting’s composition, showing Justice, Prudence and Time standing guardian over Happiness, seated in the middle, is said to memorialize the happiness of Italy and the House of Medici. As we might expect of Bronzino, who worked for the Medici as a portraitist and enjoyed the favor of erudite courtiers, it is an allegorical painting that invites varying interpretation.



October 11 (Sat) – December 14 (Sun), 2014
Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing
Mondays, November 4, 25 (Open the Mondays of October 13, 27, November 3, 24)
9:30 - 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays, November 1, 2, December 6, 13, 14 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

Advance tickets |
General ¥1,300 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥700 / Seniors 65+ ¥900
※Please see our website for details concerning advance tickets

Tickets at the door |
General ¥1,600 / College students ¥1,300 / HS students ¥800 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,000

Group tickets |
General ¥1,300 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥700 / Seniors 65+ ¥900
※Group rates - 20 or more people

※Admission free for visitors junior high school age or younger
※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
※In each case, please show identification

Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), TBS, The Asahi Shimbun
Supported by
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ambasciata d'Italia a Tokyo, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, BS-TBS, TBS Radio & Communication, J-WAVE
Sponsored by
KUIPO Co., Ltd., SECOM CO., LTD., Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., Nissha Printing Co., Ltd., MITSUI&CO., LTD.
In Cooperation with
Alitalia-Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A., ARTERÌA, Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd., NIPPON EXPRESS CO., LTD., East Japan Railway Company.