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Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

BOSTON, MA.- In Italy during the Renaissance (around 1400 to 1600), an innovative form of sculpture was developed using fine clay that was shaped and modeled before being fired in a kiln. Called terracotta in Italian (meaning “baked earth”), this type of sculpture often has been overlooked by scholars in favor of the more commonly known Renaissance sculptures carved in marble or cast in bronze. “Modeling Devotion: Terracotta Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance”, a new scholarly exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, on view from February 25 to May 23, 2010, draws attention to this category of art through a presentation of fifteen terracotta sculptures collected by Isabella Gardner and recently conserved. Additional works of note are on view in the historic galleries. “The beauty and significance of painted terracotta sculpture of the Italian Renaissance is only now being appreciated,&#1

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Seattle Art Museum (SAM) showcases Michelangelo Drawings from Florence

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian,1475-1564 - Study of a man's face for the Flood in the Sistine ceiling, 1509-1510, Red chalk. , 4.92 x 5.59 inches. - Photo courtesy of Fondazione Casa Buonarroti.

SEATTLE, WA.- Michelangelo’s towering reputation as
the quintessential Renaissance man — architect, painter, sculptor, poet and
engineer — intimidated both his contemporaries and later historians to the point
that the adjective “divine” became a fixture attached to his name.

Bringing together drawings and sculptural models by Michelangelo with a range of
works by his contemporaries and generations of followers, Michelangelo Public
and Private: Drawings for the Sistine Chapel and Other Treasures from the Casa
Buonarroti is a small but powerful exhibition that humanizes the great master,
exposing the working process that led to masterpieces such as the Sistine Chapel
ceiling frescoes. Organized by the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), the
exhibition’s only venue, in collaboration with the Casa Buonarroti in Florence,
Italy, Michelangelo Public and Private will show a side of this unequivocal
master that he never wanted the public to see. The exhibition will be on view through January 31, 2010.