Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Join CiaoDC's Verrocchio Tour & Lunch at National Gallery of Art!

Verrocchio Tour & Lunch:
Take a lunch break to Renaissance Florence, Italy with CiaoDC as we explore the masterpieces of Sculptor and Painter Andrea Del Verrocchio (c.1435-1488.) Private guided tour and Italian box lunch offered. Prices vary, limited registration and more information here.

About the Artist

Verrocchio dazzled Florence with his mastery of one medium after another. Trained as a goldsmith, he achieved fame as a sculptor, creating works in marble, clay, silver, and bronze, while also excelling as a painter and draftsman. Verrocchio nurtured younger artists, including his prize pupil, Leonardo da Vinci. Verrocchio's works are remarkable for their variety, namely the huge copper globe that crowns Florence Cathedral.

Florence's booming economy in the fifteenth century kept artists very busy filling great demands for sculptures and paintings to adorn churches, homes, and civic buildings. Verrocchio's skill and ingenuity won him the patronage of the wealthiest and most powerful family in Florence, the Medici, who came to dominate the city's political and cultural life.

The exhibition is the first in the United States devoted to Verrocchio's career. It includes works by his students and collaborators - Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Leonardo da Vinci - attesting to his profound impact on the art of the Renaissance.

This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art in collaboration with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence.