Seventy-nine masterpieces of Renaissance drawing, including a number of rarely seen works, are on view. The show focuses on artists who worked on the frescoes, paintings, tapestries, and other decorative work that embellished the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, best known as the home of the Medici dukes. Included in the show are sheets by Michelangelo, Pontormo, and Vasari, as well as mannerists such as Bronzino and Allori.
One of the most impressive buildings in Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio was the focal point of artistic activity throughout the sixteenth century, especially when Cosimo I de' Medici commissioned the artist-historian Vasari to design its expansion and decoration. The palace was more than doubled in size and included such masterpieces as the Studiolo of Francesco I de' Medici. The exhibition is divided into several sections highlighting the great masters who shaped Italian draftsmanship and the Palace's decorations.
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