Verrocchio: Florence celebrates Leonardo’s teacher
This year, Florence celebrates Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488) by showcasing 120 of his works – sculptures, paintings and drawings from the most famous museums and collections in the world – in the first retrospective ever dedicated to this iconic Renaissance artist, whose apprentices included Domenico del Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino and Leonardo da Vinci, his most famous student.
The exhibition opened on 9 March and is scheduled to continue until 14 July 2019 at Palazzo Strozzi, displaying both masterpieces by these artists and the most famous works by Verrocchio.
The itinerary includes pieces on loan from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’s Musée du Louvre, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum di Amsterdam, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and Florence’s own Uffizi. It is the first time these masterpieces are displayed together, also offering a way to understand Leonardo’s education and his relationship with Verrocchio.
In a way, this is one of the most important events that will celebrate Leonardo in 2019, because it traces the footsteps of the Tuscan genius all the way to the beginning of his career as an artist.