13 November 2009 to 28 February 2010

With a selection of portraits, mythological allegories and depictions of the Virgin – altogether some eighty works by Botticelli, his workshop and his contemporaries – the Städel Museum presented the first exhibition ever to be devoted to the oeuvre of this great Italian Renaissance master in German-speaking lands.

Sandro Botticelli’s painting has become a landmark of Italian Renaissance, and his monumental idealised “Portrait of a Lady” (ca. 1480) numbers among the Städel Museum’s main works. The ideal beauty of his mythological figures and the elegant grace of his Virgin figures make his creations the epitome of Florentine painting in the Golden Age under Lorenzo the Magnificent’s rule. It is less his masterful translation of Renaissance ideals which is the reason for the much-praised magic of his pictorial solutions, but rather the exceptional expressiveness of his figurative creations presenting their classically refined beauty in a solemn manner and with an often melancholy note.

CURATOR: Dr. Andreas Schumacher, Stäel Museum
SPONSORED BY: Commerzbank-Stiftung

With additional support from: Alnatura Produktions- und Handels GmbH, HA Hessen Agentur GmbH, Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main, Deutsche Bahn AG, Weleda AG, Filiale Parfümerie Douglas Zeil, Frankfurt am Main, Italienische Zentrale für Tourismus ENIT, Italienisches Kulturinstitut Frankfurt am Main, ikarus design kaufhaus und JWT Frankfurt