This important exhibition examines the details of the art, architecture and town-planning of 16th-century rome. The catalogue document the exhibition in Rome and the artistic development of the 16th century.
Curated by Maria Grazia Bernardini and Marco Bussagli, the exhibition is organized into seven sections, which document the artistic development of the 16th century, through the transition from the superb and masterly skills of Early Renaissance art, which was still based on Humanist culture, to a new style of art that was strongly influenced by a new and all-encompassing religious fervour. Masterpieces on display include works by Raphael, such as his “Self-portrait” and “Portrait of Tommaso Fedra Inghirami” – both on loan, under exceptional circumstances, from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence – by Michelangelo, such as the “David or Apollo”, from the Bargello National Museum, and the “Pietà for Vittoria Colonna”, from Boston – restored thanks to the Fondazione Roma – by Sebastiano del Piombo, such as the “Portrait of a Woman”, on loan from Harewood House near Leeds, and many other artists, including Perin del Vaga and Francesco Salviati. The exhibition also includes revolutionary new educational aids, such as the 3-D reconstructions of the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Loggia of Psyche. For the first time, the exhibition “the Renaissance in Rome” examines the details of the art, architecture and town-planning of 16th-century rome.