Agnolo Bronzino, Portrait of Eleonore of Toledo, oil on wood, 59 x 46 cm, Prague, Narodni Galerie, Photo: Narodni Galerie / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library

From 29 September 2010 to 31 January 2011 – Musee Maillol

The Medici family – led by the beautiful Laurence – is somehow the symbol of Italian Renaissance. We can see in their wake Machiavel, Pico de la Mirandola and a host of phenomenal artists, from Fra Angelico to Ghirlandaio, from Michel-Angelo to Botticelli. Fortunately the aim of the exhibition is much wider: the Medici were not only unusual patrons (for painters, musicians and scientists like Galileo), they also participated in the early interest in Antiquity, and their collections were as wealthy in Roman bronzes and cameos as in paintings by their contemporaries. And the Medici saga did not end with Laurence who was confronted to strict Savonarole. The 150 objects exhibited remind us that the family continued in the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, in particular as cardinals and popes (Leo X), who trusted other creators such as Bronzino or Rubens, while accumulating a remarkable cabinet of curiosities.

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