Exhibition Body and Soul
Sculpture in Italy from Donatello to Michelangelo
from May 6, 2020 to August 17, 2020
Tullio Lombardo, Jeune Couple (Bacchus et Ariane)
© Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienne
In partnership with the City of Milan – Castello Sforzesco.
Following on from the "Springtime of the Renaissance" exhibition (September 26, 2013–January 6, 2014), the "Body and Soul" exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Castello Sforzesco Museum in Milan, seeks to bring to light the main themes and ideas developed in Italy during the second half of the Quattrocento.
In the first two decades of the 16th century, these elements would lead to a defining moment in the history of Renaissance sculpture, with the arrival on the art scene of one of the greatest creators of all time, Michelangelo. The exhibition will focus primarily on the art of sculpting, but will also explore a number of works from other fields (painting, printmaking, and drawing).
Sculptors were drawn to the interpretation of human beings; both in outward appearance and inner state. The portrayal of human figures in their range of movements took highly innovative forms at the time. These explorations of the expression and emotions of the human figure were at the heart of the approaches of the leading sculptors of the time, from Donatello to Michelangelo.
The exhibition discusses three major themes: “Fury and Grace” firstly reveals the interest for complex compositions and the intensification of bodily movements; next, “Affect and Persuasiveness” aims to highlight how emotional states were at the core of artistic practices, with the clear desire to have a powerful impact on viewers’ emotions; and lastly, “From Dionysos to Apollo” brings to light the inexhaustible contemplation of classical antiquity expressed in sculpture, developing the search for new harmony that transcended the naturalism of gestures and extreme emotions.
Marc Bormand, Musée du Louvre; Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi, former director of the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence; Francesca Tasso, Castello Sforzesco, Milan.
From May 6 to August 17, 2020
Hall Napoléon, under the Pyramid
Admission (permanent collections + exhibitions):
€15 at the museum
€17 online (quick entry to the museum in less than 30 minutes)
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