The exhibition “Masaccio and Angelico. Dialogue on truth in painting “: double exhibition venue for a journey through a series of masterpieces which are both a new tribute to the painter Masaccio, right in the city where he was born in 1401; but also a dialogue with another protagonist of the Renaissance, Beato Angelico. And all in an exhibition, open until January 15, 2023, which is the continuation, in some way the completion, of the one that opened in Reggello, at the Museum of Sacred Art, and which will remain open until October 23.
There are two exhibition venues: a selection of works dedicated to the figure of Masaccio is exhibited at the Museo delle Terre Nuove and related to the iconography of the Madonna and Child. There are two masterpieces that come from the Uffizi: the Madonna Casini, a small table by Masaccio also known as the Madonna del solletico; and the Madonna of Humility by Masolino. In comparison there is the work of Masaccio’s brother, Lo Scheggia, and an in-depth study on Mariotto di Cristofano, Masaccio’s brother-in-law. At the Basilica Museum, instead, the protagonist is Beato Angelico, with his Annunciation which maintains a central role. In comparison with this, the Tabernacle of San Marco, the preparatory drawing of San Girolamo Penitente, and other refined masterpieces.
Today the official presentation of the exhibition, promoted by the municipality of San Giovanni Valdarno, curated by Michela Martini, Daniela Parenti, Carl Brandon Strehlke and Valentina Zucchi. During the presentation also the video link with the director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt: “During this year, interest in the early Tuscan Renaissance has grown and flourished, also with the initiatives of Terre degli Uffizi. The San Giovanni exhibition dedicated to the dialogue between Masaccio and Angelico is part of this trend: and the goal remains to enhance these masterpieces in the territories and with the local community, in this case the one that gave birth to Masaccio . A series of absolute masterpieces, in an exhibition that is the ideal continuation of that of Reggello ”.
Satisfaction was expressed by the mayor of San Giovanni, Valentina Vadi: “For all the Sangiovannesi it is a dream that becomes reality. We are inaugurating this exhibition dedicated to Masaccio and Beato Angelico as part of the Terre degli Uffizi project, which for two years has been carrying out a collaboration between the Galleries, the CR Firenze Foundation and the local territories. We are proud to be part of it, and thanks to this, after more than twenty years since the last time, in 2001, we were able to bring Masaccio back on display in his San Giovanni. It will be a great opportunity for our territory, a unique enhancement tool: and I thank all those who worked to make it happen ”.
Daniela Parenti was also present for the Uffiziwho underlined the importance of loans from the Galleries and how these works on display tell the story of the territory of San Giovanni; for the CR Firenze Foundation the president, Luigi Salvadori, he recalled how the Foundation is working with the Uffizi Galleries to enhance the territories and its treasures.