An exhibition entitled “Botticelli and the Renaissance” will open in Shanghai on 28 April. The exhibition, which will remain open until 27 August, is promoted by the Italian Embassy in Beijing, the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai and the Italian Cultural Institute of Shanghai and has been organised by the Bund One Art Museum together with the Uffizi Galleries and MondoMostre.
On display will be 48 Renaissance masterpieces, including ten works by Sandro Botticelli, from the Florentine museum’s collections. The exhibition spaces overlooking the Shanghai bund will feature, among others, Botticelli’s “Adoration of the Magi” and “Pallas and the Centaur”, together with works by his master Filippo Lippi and his contemporaries. The works will introduce Chinese visitors to the ideas and aesthetics of one of the most fertile periods for culture, literature and science in Italy.
“A unique event in China which for the first time focuses on the genius of the artist who best represented the Florence of Lorenzo the Magnificent, the splendour of the Renaissance and its multifaceted civilisation”, noted Francesco D’Arelli, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Shanghai. “Clear lines, splendid sceneries, dances of angels and roses, winged figures, constant references to the classical world reveal the refinement of life at that time, which still lives on in the arts and in the many expressions of Italian Beauty. Once again, Beauty in art becomes a common language and timeless experience between Italy and China”.