Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination at the Getty

“A sublime, otherworldly experience.”
—The Wall Street Journal

This exhibition (November 2012 through February 2013) at the Getty takes a new look at the origins of the Renaissance in Italy, revealing how Florentine panel painters and manuscript illuminators of the early 1300s revolutionized the depiction of the human form, laying the foundation for the work of Michelangelo and Leonardo that would come a century later.

Devotional paintings, precious manuscripts, and luminous stained glass tell the story of the innovative artists who launched one of the great revolutions in the history of art.



This major international loan exhibition presents seven breathtaking paintings by Giotto, the largest number ever assembled in North America, as well as works by his Florentine contemporaries, including painters Bernardo Daddi and Taddeo Gaddi and painter-illuminators Pacino di Bonaguida, the Master of the Dominican Effigies, and the Master of the Codex of Saint George.

Among the highlights are the earliest illuminated copies of Dante’s masterpiece the Divine Comedy, and nearly all the surviving leaves from the most important illuminated manuscript commission of the early 1300s, the Laudario of Sant’Agnese.

This exhibition celebrates 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, realized under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Italy.