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Fra Bartolommeo - The Divine Renaissance

from October 15 2016 until January 15 2017

Fra Bartolommeo, God the Father and Saints Mary Magdalene and Catherine of Siena (detail), 1509. Tempera grassa on canvas. Lucca, Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi Fra Bartolommeo, Two studies for the Kneeling St Catherine of Siena, ca. 1509. Black chalk, heightened with white, on light gray prepared paper. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Fra Bartolommeo, the Prophet Isaiah, ca. 1514-1516. Galleria dell'Academia di Firenze Fra Bartolommeo, Study of Isaiah, ca. 1514-1517. Black chalk, heightened on gray prepared paper. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Fra Bartolommeo (1472 Florence 1517), Madonna della Misericordia, 1515, oil on canvas, 407 x 262 cm, Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi, Lucca Fra Bartolomeo The Nativity, ca. 1504-1507. The Art Institute of Chicago Fra Bartolommeo, study of a flying angel for 'The Nativity', ca. 1499-1507. Black chalk, heightened with white on gray prepared paper. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Detail of: Fra Bartolommeo (1472 Florence 1517), Madonna della Misericordia, 1515, Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi, Lucca

In Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen this autumn, discover the masterpieces of Fra Bartolommeo (1473-1517), the Italian monk and artist from the famous monastery of San Marco in Florence. He, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo were the four most important artists of the High Renaissance. Paintings by Fra Bartolommeo have never been seen in the Netherlands before; some have never even left Italy. After five hundred years these paintings will be reunited with their preparatory studies in Rotterdam. Loans are coming from some of the world’s greatest museums, including the Uffizi in Florence, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Louvre in Paris.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has the largest collection of works by Fra Bartolommeo in the world. With hundreds of drawings from the two famous albums owned by the Florentine collector Niccolò Gabburri, the museum has a world-class treasure trove. The exhibition will showcase more than 150 drawings and ten paintings. Marvel at the masterfully drawn preparatory studies, practical aids in the working process, but also works of art in their own right. The paintings, ranging from a small diptych to impressive altarpieces four metres high, are the glorious end result.

The celebrated portrait Fra Bartolommeo painted of his spiritual source of inspiration, the hellfire preacher Girolamo Savonarola, is also coming to Rotterdam. This major exhibition – a unique opportunity to learn about and understand this great master artist and the time in which he lived – will be staged in Rotterdam only.


This exhibition will be on view in the galleries C, D and E on the second floor.