Gems and Jewellery of the Medici

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

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[Image: Bronzino "Portrait of Maria di Cosimo I de' Medici" (1551) oil on panel ©A. Quattrone]

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When speaking of Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance culture, we cannot fail to mention the House of Medici, who held the reigns of power over the city for 300 years. It would be no exaggeration to say that the very name of the Medici family, patrons to a host of superlative artists, became synonymous with Renaissance arts. The collection of riches accumulated over time by the Medici is now housed in the Palazzo Pitti’s Silver Museum, otherwise known as the ‘Medici Treasury’. Visitors to the museum can see a dizzying array of art pieces that served at the time as a symbol of the family’s wealth and power, commissioned and collected by members of the Medici family, from Cosimo de’ Medici I, First Grand Duke of Tuscany, to the Pope Clement VII, born Giulio di Giuliano de’ Medici. Then there is the beloved jewellery collection of Anna Maria Luisa, proud final scion of the declining Medici house, which is quite dazzling in its beauty. Indeed, the collection of Medici treasure in the Museo degli Argenti, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence has much to reveal about this family’s turbulent and fascinating history. This exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum of Art brings together a range of highlights from the collection, including portraits created by court painters of the likes of Bronzino, and the stunning Renaissance jewellery with which the Medici family adorned themselves. It marks the first public exhibition of these stunning Medici treasures inside Japan.


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from April 22, 2016 to July 05, 2016


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