From Florence to Forli: Beato Angelico's Last Judgment on display at major exhibition on Dante


On display at the major Forli exhibition "Dante. The Vision of Art," Beato Angelico's Last Judgment from the Museo di San Marco in Florence.

On the occasion of the major exhibition celebrating the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death set up at the San Domenico Museums in Forlì until July 11, 2021, anagreement has been signedfor the exchange of two masterpieces by Beato Angelico between the San Marco Museum in Florence and the Pinacoteca dei Musei civici in Forlì. In fact, Beato Angelico’s Last Judgment will also be on display thanks to the collaboration between the Regional Museums Directorate of Tuscany, the Museum of San Marco in Florence, the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì and the Culture, Tourism and Legality Service of the Municipality of Forlì. The agreement was approved and supported by the director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt, who together with Gianfranco Brunelli, director of major exhibitions of the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì, conceived and directed the exhibition, curated by Antonio Paolucci and Fernando Mazzocca.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the exchange between the Last Judgment preserved at the Museum of San Marco and the diptych with the Nativity and the Oration in the Garden, donated to the city of Forlì in the first half of the 19th century by Abbot Melchiorre Missirini, known for having been Antonio Canova’s secretary for a long time, will be realized.

In fact, the temporary absence of the Last Judgment in the Beato Angelico Room of the Museo di San Marco in Florence, recently renovated thanks to the contribution of the Friends of Florence, will be compensated with the unprecedented presence of the Forlì diptych. The Last Judgment was also recently restored by Lucia Biondi thanks to the contribution of Rotary Firenze Certosa.

According to Stefano Casciu, regional director of the Museums of Tuscany, the agreement “goes in the direction of enhancing the collections of our museums and at the same time contributing, at the highest level and in compliance with all safety conditions, to initiatives of national importance, such as the exhibition dedicated by Forlì to Dante in this year of celebrations of the great Poet.”

For Angelo Tartuferi, director of the Museo di San Marco, the two Forlì tablets,united in all likelihood originally to form a diptych, “constitute one of the most important specimens proving Angelico’s intimate and absolute harmony with Masaccio’s vision and pictorial modes.”

“The virtuous exchange of works of art confirms the effectiveness and goodness of the Uffizi Galleries’ policy of decentralizing flows and enhancing places mistakenly considered peripheral, but which, on the contrary, are the true centers of culture and exchanges of today and tomorrow,” said Uffizi Galleries Director Eike Schmidt.

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From Florence to Forli: Beato Angelico's Last Judgment on display at major exhibition on Dante
From Florence to Forli: Beato Angelico's Last Judgment on display at major exhibition on Dante


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