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TUSCANY + ART + EASTER = a perfect combination

Warmer and sunny days + great art exhibitions: what a combination to make the most of your holidays in Tuscany!
[Photo Credits: Stephanie Costa]
[Photo Credits: Stephanie Costa]
To help you out, here is a brief guide of the ongoing temporary exhibitions. Always be sure to contact the museum or the local Tourist Information Offices first to check about opening days and times, as many churches and museums might be closed on Easter Sunday (April 20) and/or Easter Monday (April 21).   FLORENCE Once in a lifetime. Treasures from the Archives and Libraries of Florence. Galleria Palatina – Palazzo Pitti 133 precious items (exceptionally) visible: archival documents, manuscripts, books and drawings, mostly never seen before, from the public and private archives and the libraries of the city’s main cultural institutions. See some of Michelangelo’s sketches, the baptism certificate of Leonardo da Vinci, the autograph of Cosimo I de’ Medici, a copy of the Divine Comedy with illustrations by Alessandro Botticelli, and the law Pietro Leopoldo of Hapsburg Lorraine enacted in 1786 that abolished capital punishment in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Plus much more. The rooms of the muse. Baroque paintings from Francesco Molinari Pradelli’s collection. Uffizi Gallery The collection of orchestra conductor Francesco Molinari Pradelli,, put together over the course of his travels around the world, is known internationally,: ranging from nineteenth-century to Baroque paintings. The exhibition is a selection of 100 paintings, chosen from among the 200 comprising the collection. Recognizing Michelangelo. Buonarroti’s sculptures in photography and paintings from the nineteenth century to the present day. Accademia Gallery On the occasion of the 450-year celebrations since the death of Michelangelo Buonarroti, this exhibition aims to highlight the role that photography has played in consolidating the critical acclaim and iconography of Michelangelo and, through it, the celebration of his myth. Baccio Bandinelli sculptor and teacher (1493-1560) Bargello National Museum Baccio Bandinelli is celebrated by this exhibition, after nearly two centuries of ostracism by the critics, while in the Baroque period and throughout Neoclassicism, Bandinelli, like Michelangelo, was considered the greatest sculptor of his age and, in the sixteenth century, he was undoubtedly the most important figure in terms of Florentine sculpture. The exhibition will present sculptures and paintings, drawings and prints, bronzes, medals and a rare wax model from Montpellier. Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism. Palazzo Strozzi One of Florence’s most important artistic events of 2014: the story of Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino, the tale of two parallel and diverging lives, the story of two original, unconventional and anti-conformist painters. FAMILY MATTERS Portraits and experiences of family today. Centre of Contemporary Art La Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi Eleven international artists (Guy Ben-Ner, Sophie Calle, Jim Campbell, John Clang, Nan Goldin, Courtney Kessel, Ottonella Mocellin and Nicola Pellegrini, Trish Morrissey, Hans Op de Beeck, Chrischa Oswald, and Thomas Struth) who encourage investigation into the images, dynamics and structures that define the concept of family in the contemporary world. Cortona. The dawn of Etruscan princes. National Archaeological Museum Piazza Santissima Annunziata 9 A journey back to 2700 years ago, discovering the dawn of the Etruscan age: over 200 objects from the archeological sites in the Cortona area. Due to an original and technological setup, this exhibition is also a path that shows step by step the various stages and phases of the “assembly line”, from archaeological digs to the extraction of the material on show, through the phases of micro-digging, diagnostics, restoration, cleaning and assembly. Try to book a special guided visit to the Contini Bonacossi Collection: a (hidden) art collection, next to the Uffizi Gallery, that is usually closed to the public. If you plan to see as many exhibitions and museums as you can, remember that the Florence Museum Card is an excellent option.   LUCCA The restless twentieth century. Vedova, Vasarely, Christo, Cattelan, Hirst and the Genesis of Third Millennium. Lu.C.C.A. Lucca Center of Contemporary Art “Can the artists of our contemporary age be considered true witnesses of their time? Since the 1950s – even if the first signs of change could be perceived as early as the 1930s – artists have tried to rewrite the history of art, going beyond the academic parameters of painting and sculpture. Out of this have come original works, provocative and irreverent artistic experiments, but always in step with a dynamic, constantly evolving society.”   SERAVEZZA (LUCCA) Frank Horvat. House with Fifteen Keys. Palazzo Mediceo 70 years of activity of one of the greatest contemporary photographers and artist. 290 photos of reportage, fashion, portrait, landscape and street photography, collected and reconsidered by the author himself in an exhibition divided into 15 keys of interpretation: Light, The human condition, Time suspended, Voyeur, Eye to eye, Metaphors, Makes you think of…, Two Many, The ‘real’ woman, Doesn’t quite fit, Things, ‘Dumb’ photos and Self-portraits.   CORTONA Etruscan Seduction Palazzo Casali Piazza Luca Signorelli 9 Until July, Cortona hosts the Etruscan Seduction show: 150 works embracing sculptures, porcelain, memorial stones and other objects, including 40 pieces from London’s British Museum.   SIENA If you’re in Siena, don’t miss the extraordinary opening of the Porta del Cielo (Gate of Heaven): for the first time, after two centuries of restoration, it will be possible to reach the attic and walkways, through the spiral staircases hidden within the large towers; from here, from a height of 16 meters, you will enjoy an outstanding view of the city and into the Cathedral itself, from a unique perspective.   HAPPY EASTER in Tuscany!