Go to Florence.
Go before January 23rd, 2011.
Make. it. happen.
At the Palazzo Strozzi right now is an historic event: Bronzino - Pittore e Poetica alla Corte dei Medici. [Bronzino - Artist and Poet at the Court of the Medici]. This is a monumental show. The first ever collection of Agnolo di Cosimo or Bronzino's paintings (with other works by Pontormo, Cellini, Tribolo, Baccio Bandinelli, Pierino da Vinci and Alessandro Allori). These painters were fantastic not only for their talents as painters but also for their attention to embroidery and lace details. Anyone interested in period costumes will be delighted as well.
On the Palazzo Strozzi's website, for those of us who will not be able to get to the show, are a few paintings with the availability to zoom in for close up views - closer than you might be able to see even at the show. Click on each section to see a few paintings from each grouping.
There are painting at this exhibit on loan from the Uffizi (the part now closed for restorations) and museums in Budapest, New York and Paris.
Go here for a short video (in English) as well as a review of the exhibit.
And then here for a video in Italian, worth watching even for those who don't understand as there are lots of views of paintings!
There are also tapestries designed by Bronzino, Pontormo and Salviati.
Don't think you can't go because you've got the kids! The Artist's Handbag offers fun activities for families packaged in this cool leather handbag:
Go to the publications page of the Palazzo Strozzi's website and download the Passport to Bronzino to read all about everything available (in Italian and English).
If you're going... can you take me with you?!