Botticelli. His time. And our time

At Mart in Rovereto, the Renaissance master, between antiquity and innovation

Botticelli’s masterpieces in dialogue with great contemporary artists who, through the years, have paid homage to one of the most iconic Renaissance figures, the Botticelli Venus. From 21 May through 26 September 2021, Mart Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rovereto will host the exhibit “Botticelli. His time. And our time”.

The exhibit, conceived by Vittorio Sgarbi and curated by Alessandro Cecchi and Denis Isaia, is in two parts. The first part, dedicated to Botticelli and his studio, presents the artist’s persona and work clearly and comprehensively through masterpieces like Pallas and the Centaur from the Uffizi, The Birth of Venus from the Sabauda Gallery in Turin, and Lamentation over the Dead Christ on loan from the Poldi Pezzoli in Milan. The second part of the exhibit features contemporary art from the 1960s to today and demonstrates how a figure like Botticelli has been and continues to be a source of inspiration.



Botticelli. His time. And our time
at Mart in Rovereto
from 21 May to 26 September 2021

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Botticelli. His time.

The first part of the exhibit explores Botticelli and “His time”, Florence in the second half of the 15th century. The Florentine artist, a favourite of Lorenzo de’ Medici, was an essential interpreter of the profound social, political, cultural and artistic changes of that period, forever known as the Renaissance.

The Mart exhibit explores all of this, not only through Botticelli’s masterpieces, including the truly amazing The Birth of Venus from the Sabauda Gallery, but also through the works of rival studios which were active in Florence at the time.

Mart exhibit: Botticelli. His time. And our time

And our time.

This part explores how Botticelli sent shock waves through the contemporary era, with a selection of masterpieces from the 1960s to today.

Italian pop artists, like Mario Ceroli, Giosetta Fioroni and Cesare Tacchi, looked to him, as did his immediate successors, like Michelangelo Pistoletto and Renato Guttuso.

Botticelli’s influence is apparent in works by artists from around the world, like Fernando Botero, David LaChapelle, Oliviero Toscani, John Currin. His work has shaped fashion and cinema, infiltrating the glossy pages of Magazines in the poses of Kate Moss and sharing the spotlight in the photos of Chiara Ferragni, the world’s biggest influencer.

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Published on 06/06/2023