Seven hundred years after his death, Florence celebrates the genius of Arnolfo di Cambio, one of the most important and innovative artists, with an exhibition of sculpture which is as unique as extraordinary. Arnolfo was a cosmopolitan architect-sculptor who, as Cimabue and Giotto did for painting, contributed to the laying of the foundations of the Renaissance by means of creating a modern artistic language that spread across Europe from that time until the recent past.
Arnolfo, at the origins of the Florentine Renaissance closes the group of exhibitions in celebration of Arnolfo. There are approximately one hundred works on show, most of them referring to Arnolfo’s production in Florence, together with those that was possible to transport from other parts of Italy and abroad. There has never been before such a concentration of masterpieces of the great Tuscan artist: wooden and marble sculptures, (the Madonna of the school of Nicola Pisano on loan from Berlin, the Annunciation attributed to Arnolfo from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the statue of Charles d’Anjou from the Musei Capitolini in Rome, the frieze around the tomb of the Cardinal Annibaldi in Rome, etc.), decorative elements, fragments, casts from the originals and much more. The volume allows us finally to attempt a reasonable recomposition of the lost façade of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Arnolfo’s unfinished masterpiece, dismembered and then dispersed at the end of the 16th century.