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from 13 September 2013 to 13 January 2014
Prato, Museo di Palazzo Pretorio

From Donatello to Lippi
Officina Pratese

Press Release

A major exhibition brings to life one of the magical moments of the entire history of Italian art; the one lived in the fifteenth century, when most major Italian artists of the time operated in the city of Prato.
For ‘From Donatello to Lippi. Officina Pratese’, curated by Andrea De Marchi and Cristina Gnoni Mavarelli, masterpieces created in those years and now dispersed in museums around the world return into town. The exhibition is sponsored by the City of Prato, with the support of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Prato, and in collaboration with MondoMostre, one of Italy’s main organizers of cultural events.

The factory of the parish church of St. Stephen (later cathedral) witnessed memorable events, to be counted among the most unique and fascinating episodes of the early Renaissance. Artists of the calibre of Donatello, Michelozzo, Maso di Bartolomeo, Paolo Uccello and Filippo Lippi were called to realise the pulpit intended to show the relic of the Holy Belt, the frescoes in the Chapel of the Assumption and the Great Chapel, and other furnishings. To them, we must add the son of Fra Filippo, Filippino, who took his moves from Prato and there returned to work in his later years.

The exhibition aims to shed light on these personalities, through a selection of works of great quality, to help you better understand their legacy in Prato. At the same time, it is the occasion to gather together works that were preserved in Prato, and have been dismembered, reuniting predellas and shovels now divided between the museums in Prato and foreign collections