Florence, Galleria dell’Accademia
‘Giovanni dal Ponte (1385-1437), protagonista dell’Umanesimo tardogotico fiorentino’
22nd November 2016 – 12th March 2017
The title of this exhibition translates roughly as ‘Giovanni dal Ponte, Florentine protagonist of late Gothic Humanism’, and is the first exhibition dedicated to an artist whose influence was far greater than his reputation suggests.
The first room of the exhibition brings togther an important collection of works from key artists working in Florence in the first decade of the fifteen-hundreds (artist such as Lorenzo Monaco, Ghiberti, Gherardo Starnina and Masaccio). Of note is the ‘trittico di Starnina’, a triptych on loan from the Martin von Wagner-Museum of the Universität Würzburg.
The second room shows three key works from dal Ponte’s early years (from around 1405) including a Madonna with child. The third room contains works produced by the artist for his own devotional purposes alongside various other religious works that demonstrate hoe dal Ponte came to be heavily influenced by Masaccio. The fourth and final room is home to his ‘Polittico di san Pietro’.
The exhibition brings together pieces from international and domestic collections and displays them in an artistically lit space designed to evoke the Florence of the artist’s times.