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I TESORI DELLA CITTA DI PRATO

TRE-SETTECENTO

Prato is located in the center of the northern part of Tuscany in Italy and is just 15km apart from Florence. The City with a population of 180,000 has been known for plenty of art-historically significant architectures and art treasures ranging from the medieval time to the present.

This exhibition introduces around 60 art works created between the 14th and the 18th century. Those include important parts of a polyptych (an altar consisting of plural panel paintings) from late Gothic period, altar paintings from the Renaissance period, and portrait paintings from Baroque period.

Especially, 3 masterpieces attributed to works by Filippo Lippi (Firenze, c.1406 – Spoleto 1469) will receive attention from the public; the first, “Annunciation” from the civic museum, the second, “The Virgin with the Child” (possible loan) from a private collection, and the third, “The Virgin with her Sacred Belt” from also the civic museum.

The third work, “the virgin with her Sacred Belt” was painted between 1452 and 1462, when he stayed in Prato for creating mural paintings of the cathedral for which he was best known. The sacred Belt is a precious relic which has been kept in the city of Prato since the middle ages. According to the legend, it has been believed that the Virgin Mary handed the Sacred Belt to St. Tomas when she was raised to the sky by angels. The sacred Belt is not only a symbol of the city, but also a benefactor to the citizen. Because a lot of people have visited Prato to see the relic since the middle ages. Most of the art works in the city are related to the relic.

This is an unusual occasion to appreciate these artworks tied up with that unique theme.

Exhibition Details

Period
From September 10th (Sat.) to October 23rd (Sun.), 2005.
Closed Mondays (except September 19th , October 10th )
Location
Seiji Togo Memorial SOMPO JAPAN Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
SOMPO JAPAN Bldg.42nd Floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
10:00-20:00 (Fridays, Admittance by 19:30)
Admission
Adults:1,000 Yen (800Yen)
University & High School Students: 600Yen (500Yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 800Yen
( ) indicates discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
SEIJI TOGO MEMORIAL SOMPO JAPAN MUSEUM OF ART,
Nihon Keizai Shimbun,Inc.
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Patronized by
Ambasciata d’Italia, Tokyo
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tokyo
Cooperation with
Alitalia
Borghi International S. p. A.
Planned by
Art Planning Rey Inc.

Collections

20050715_1 Filippo Lippi e Fra Diamante
《La Madonna della Cintola》
© PRATO, MUSEO CIVICO
Filippo Lippi e Fra Diamante
《Annunciazione in presenza di San Giuliano》
© PRATO, MUSEO CIVICO
Bernardo Daddi
《La Storie della Sacra Cintola》
© PRATO, MUSEO CIVICO
Benedetto da Maiano
《Madonna con Bambino》
© PRATO, MUSEO CIVICO
PHOTO:ANTONIO QUATTRONE
Ludovico Buti
《Madonna della Cintola》
© PRATO, MUSEO CIVICO
Battistello Caracciolo
《Cristo e la Maddalena》
© PRATO, MUSEO CIVICO