Beautiful Women, Powerful Rulers:
Deutsche Bank Foundation supports spectacular Renaissance show at the Bode Museum
||The Deutsche Bank Foundation, one of the main sponsors along with the Kaiser Friedrich Museum Association and the Board of Trustees of the Museumsinsel, has backed the exhibition Renaissance Faces, which is on view at the Bode Museum in Berlin from August 25 to November 20. The show, one of the year’s main art events, is under the patronage of the Foreign Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Italian Republic; it was organized by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the first time, visitors are able to trace the way the art of portraiture developed in Italy through key works of the period. In addition to collection highlights from the Gemäldegalerie, the Skulpturensammlung, the Kupferstichkabinett, and the Münzkabinett, 52 major museums from all around the world have sent their treasures to Berlin.
With over 150 outstanding paintings, sculptures, medals, and drawings, the show documents the development of the portrait from Pisanello to Verrocchio, Botticelli, Bellini, and Leonardo. Beautiful women and wealthy merchants transport the viewer to Italian courts in Florence and Venice; schemers, courtiers, and military leaders tell stories of intrigue, family, travel, trade, and daily life in Italy throughout the Renaissance. Numerous paintings record dynastic and familial relationships, social norms and hierarchies in their portrayals of pose, clothing, and status symbols. An architectural and lighting concept designed for the exhibition creates an impressive setting for experiencing the wealth of subject material in the works—all in all a fascinating journey that brings 15th-century Italy alive as the cradle of modern portraiture.
Masterpieces of Italian Portraiture
August 25, 2011 through November 20, 2011