To tie in with its Donatello, the Renaissance exhibition, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi has developed an initiative entitled Donatello in Tuscany designed to allow visitors to explore the region in the footsteps of this “master of masters” and his work.
Donatello, the Renaissance is a historic, once-in-a-lifetime event that uses over 130 works in two venues, Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, to reconstruct the dazzling career of one of the most important and influential artists of all time, juxtaposing the exhibits with the work of artists of both his own and other periods. But with Donatello in Tuscany visitors have a chance to discover another 50 works by Donatello dotted throughout the region, providing them with an opportunity to explore Donatello’s world in even greater depth for the duration of the exhibition.
The journey begins in Palazzo Strozzi, moves into the city of Florence itself and from there takes visitors to the provinces of Arezzo, Pisa, Prato and Siena thanks to a special thematic map linking 16 different sites in a “multi-venue exhibition” concept. Available free of charge in hardcopy and on line, with in-depth explanations and information regarding both the sites and the works of art and with a full complement of illustrations, the Donatello in Tuscany map is an essential tool for exploring and discovering the master’s work in the region.
The itinerary covers 16 points of interest, in Florence: Palazzo Strozzi, the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Orsanmichele, the basilica of San Lorenzo, the basilica of Santa Croce, the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (with the Baptistery, the Cathedral and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo), the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, the Museo Stefano Bardini and the church of Santa Trìnita; in Arezzo: the Cathedral; inPisa: the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo; in Pontorme: the church of San Martino; in Prato: the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and Cathedral, Museo di Palazzo Pretorio; in Siena: the Opera della Metropolitana di Siena (the Baptistery, the Cathedral and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo); and in Torrita di Siena: the church of Sante Flora e Lucilla.Explore the digital map
In the tradition of Palazzo Strozzi’s Fuorimostra programme which proposes itineraries all over Tuscany for each one of its exhibitions in an effort to forge links between the show and museums, cultural institutions and partners throughout the area, the Donatello in Tuscany project reflects one of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi’s key values: the optimisation of the metropolitan area of Florence and of the region as a whole through a search for synergies and collaborations capable of stimulating the region’s cultural promotion.
To tie in with the project, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and Marsilio Arte have also published Donatello in Tuscany edited by curator Francesco Caglioti, proposing an itinerary for exploring the artist’s work in the region. The richly illustrated volume has a dedicated entry for each individual site.
The Donatello in Tuscany project complements the Donatello, the Renaissance exhibition and is promoted and organised by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi with a contribution from the Città Metropolitana di Firenze and Beyfin S.p.A. Media partner: La Nazione.