The exhibit “The Terracotta of the Impruneta – from the masters of the Renaissance to the kilns of today” is on until July 26 2009 and for its final two weeks, entrance is FREE for everyone! (see event listing on intoscana).

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I went this weekend and took in a marvellous day in the Chianti region. The exhibit is spread out within the ceremonial spaces of the city. In the pilgrims’ loggia, modern works will be on display until mid September. There is only one more week to see loan pieces from the 15th and 16th centuries in the courtyard and annexed spaces.

Of particular note from the 15th century are beautifully delicate works by artists of the highest levels – Donatello, Michelozzo – that are painted directly on the terracotta, without a second firing. This is different from maiolica which is tin-glazed terracotta; the painted terracotta pieces have a life-like quality and were valued, as were painted wooden scultures, for this very reason.

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