Follower of Leonardo da Vinci, Madonna and Child with Columbines, about 1490. Oil paint on panel; 19-3/8 x 14- 7/8 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.


Until the 31st of July 2011 – Denver Art Museum

Cities of Splendor: A Journey Through Renaissance Italy invites visitors to explore more than 50 paintings, textiles and decorative arts that defined the style that became known as the Italian Renaissance. The artworks and sumptuously designed settings create a “passport to travel” to Italy during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Visitors have the chance to experience the distinctive creative contribution of each featured city to the birth of theRenaissance style.
Coming from the museum’s own collection and select loans, the exhibition is on view at the DAM April 10 through July 31, 2011. Cities of Splendor is included in general museum admission.“We want to transport our visitors to Renaissance Italy, where cities such as Florence, Venice and Milan played a major role in the development of a new artistic style,” said Angelica Daneo, associate curator of painting and sculpture at the DAM. “During the 1400s and 1500s, Italy was not a unified country, but rather a group of independent states with different characters and artistic backgrounds. The exhibition will show how local styles merged with the innovative ideas coming from Tuscany, resulting in unique artistic expressions and lasting examples of Renaissance art.” Cities of Splendor will guide visitors through Florence, Siena, Mantua, Venice and Milan and across the Italian Alps, enabling them to discover and enjoy the richness of the Italian Renaissance – such as the Florentine love for rational perspective and drawing, the Mantuan passion for classical antiquity and the Venetian taste for color and tonalities. The gallery will be a fully immersive experience with Renaissance sights, fabrics and decorative elements.
“I hope our visitors will leave the exhibition with a deeper understanding of the complexity and variety of the Renaissance style,” said Daneo, who researched and wrote a full-color catalogue of the DAM Kress Collection for visitors to further delve into the scholarship behind Cities of  Splendor.

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