Raphael & Rubens Show Extended at the Horne

Work by Pietro da Cortona

Until September 30, 2018: Raphael, Rubens , Tiepolo and Others: Studies from the 16th to the 18th Centuries.  Horne Museum, via de’ Benci 6.  Open daily 10 am – 2 pm, closed Wednesday and holidays. Admission € 7, € 5.

While tourists may flood the Uffizi’s hallowed halls, Florence is host to a number of treasure-filled, lesser-known museums. Inside Florence’s historic Horne Museum is the late English architect and art historian Herbert Percy Horne’s extensive art collection. In the 15th century palazzo, pieces by Filippo Lippi, Donatello, and Giotto hang throughout Renaissance rooms filled with antique furniture.

The museum’s show Raphael, Rubens, Tiepolo: Studies from the 16th to the 18th Century, which opened in April, has been extended through the end of September. The exhibition features 21 pieces by renowned artists Raphael, Rubens and Tiepolo as well as works by Vasari, Carracci, Barocci and Pietro da Cortona.

Included among the exhibited works are Raphael’s preparatory drawings for his frescoes in the Vatican and Vasari’s sketches for his paintings in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Ludovico Carracci’s “Figure of a Boatman” was recently restored specifically for the exhibit. Director of the Fondazione Museo Horne Antonia Paolucci says that the show presents the opportunity to admire Horne’s rarely-seen collection of significant drawings by canonical artists. (isabelle blank)