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Master of Leonardo

In Florence at Palazzo Strozzi a major exhibition celebrating Andrea del Verrocchio and his most famous pupil, Leonardo da Vinci.

Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo will bring together masterpieces by Verrocchio from collections around the world, contextualised by works from his forefathers and peers, as well as by the pupils he worked intensively with, including Leonardo da Vinci, Pietro Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Sandro Botticelli. The exhibition will demonstrate Verrocchio’s remarkable creativity as a solo artist, illustrating his workshop as a crucial place of collaboration, exchange and co-working, where the language and the style of Renaissance art in Florence was forged.

Over 120 paintings, sculptures and drawings with loans from over seventy major museums and private collections across the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Uffizi Galleries in Florence. Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo is one of a series of international events marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci and will bring valuable insight into the early influence of Florence and Verrocchio on his oeuvre.

The exhibition will present sculptural masterpieces from Verrocchio alongside some of his most famous paintings, including the celebrated David on loan from the Museo del Bargello, and Winged Boy with Dolphin, from Palazzo Vecchio. Paintings by the master will include two versions of the Madonna and Child, on loan from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, and Tobias and the Angel and the Madonna and Child with Angels, from the National Gallery in London. A selection of drawings and chiaroscuro works will enable visitors to make direct comparisons between the work of the master and that of his pupils