Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana<br>Exploring the relationship between art and religion

Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana
Exploring the relationship between art and religion

Are you looking for an exhibit to visit on Mondays when the Uffizi and Accademia are closed?

The Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be holding another excellent exhibition organized by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi with the collaboration of the Arcidiocesi di Firenze and the support of the Banca CR Firenze.

“Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana” will run from September 24, 2015 until January 2016.  Open daily, including holidays, from 10:00am until 8:00pm, and on Thursdays from 10:00am until 11:00pm, this outstanding show will be displaying over one hundred works of art by famous Italian and international artists.  Setting out to explore the direct relationship between art and religion spanning the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, this is your chance to admire the works of major Italian artists such as Gaetano Previati, Felice Casorati, Domenico Morelli, Emilio Vedova, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso and Lucio Fonana.  The international masters are represented by Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Jean-Francois Millet, Stanley Spencer, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault, Max Ernst and Henri Matisse.

Movements such as Realism, Divisionism, Symbolism and Expressionism will be represented by artists Morelli, Vedova, Previati and Munch. The exhibit attempts to analyze and set in a context a century of modern religious art while highlighting different interpretations on modernity and trends as well as the occasional clashes in the relationship between art and religious fervor.

This is your chance while in Florence to view the celebrated works of Jean-Francois Millet’s Angelus, which is on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the Pietà by Van Gogh on loan from the Vatican Museums. Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago, and Renato Guttuso's Crucifixion on loan from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, will also be exhibited. 

This extraordinary exhibition has sections dedicated to the important themes in the religious and artistic debate. Divine Beauty will give visitors the special opportunity to observe and compare world famous works of art in an entirely new and different light, together with the art of lesser known artists who in their own way have collaborated to enrich the complicated panorama of modern art not only in a religious sense.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, the former Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze, the Archdiocese of Florence and the Vatican Museums. The whole is a fraction of a program of special events to run concurrently with the Fifth National Bishops Conference. Pope Francis will also attend the conference, to be held in Florence from 9 to 13 November.