Special Exhibitions

Botticelli and His Time

January 16 (Sat) – April 3 (Sun), 2016

Botticelli and His Time
Sandro Botticelli (1444/45-1510) is known for his paintings of elegantly beautiful Madonnas and goddesses of myth. Because many are painted on wood panels and are in extremely fragile condition, an exhibition of a substantial number of Botticelli paintings has never been realized in Japan. This time, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy, we are presenting a large-scale traveling exhibition that surveys Botticelli’s artistic legacy through more than 20 works gathered from Florence and other regions of the world.

Botticelli, who was trained in the studio of Filippo Lippi and spent most of his life in Florence, rose to fame as a painter of the House of Medici. Under the Medici’s patronage, he undertook paintings of wide-ranging subjects, from large-scale altarpieces to privately commissioned mythological paintings. While his contemporaries turned to naturalistic expression employing their command of perspectival space and chiaroscuro, Botticelli never deviated from a decorative, symbolic style reminiscent of medieval art and created his own, instantly recognizable world. Along with presenting the characteristic features and fascination of Botticelli’s work through religious paintings, mythological works, and portraits from his early years to his late period, the exhibition includes works by his master, Filippo Lippi, and pupil Filippino Lippi and traces his artistic lineage.


January 16 (Sat) – April 3 (Sun), 2016
Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing
Mondays, March 22 (Open the Mondays of March 21, 28)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

Advance tickets |
General ¥1,300 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800

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 ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800
※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), The Asahi Shimbun, TBS
Supported by
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ambasciata d'Italia a Tokyo, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Tokyo
Sponsored by
East Japan Railway Company, Takenaka Corporation, TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.,
Cooperation with
Alitalia-Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A, JAPAN AIRLINES, Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd.


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