National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

image: Monumental Sculpture in Rennaisance Florence: Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco, and Verrocchio at Orsanmichele; September 18, 2005 - December 31, 2005

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image:  Giovanni di Balduccio, Pisan, CharityThree monumental masterpieces of Italian Renaissance sculpture by Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378–1455), Nanni di Banco (c. 1380/1385-1421), and Andrea del Verrocchio (1435–1488) will travel to the National Gallery of Art marking the completion of their restoration. It is the first time that major works by Ghiberti and Nanni di Banco have traveled to the United States. The works on view, Ghiberti's St. Matthew (1419–1421), Nanni di Banco's Quattro Santi Coronati (Four Martyred Saints) (c.1409–1416), and Verrocchio's Christ and St. Thomas (1466–1483), were originally created for the exterior of Orsanmichele in Florence, and they represent the highest achievement of 15th-century Florentine sculpture. During the Renaissance, Orsanmichele, one of the most important though less well-known Renaissance structures, functioned both as a church and a grain storage and market facility; the Florentine trade guilds chose it as the site for statues of their patron saints. Since 1984 the statues have been undergoing much-needed restoration; the building has been closed to the public since 2002. Once the statues return to Florence, Orsanmichele will again be open, making it highly improbable that its works should ever be allowed to travel again.

Sponsor: This exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.