The Legion of Honor is presenting the first major exhibition dedicated to the drawings of Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510). The show will feature 27 drawings and almost 60 works in total, including five newly attributed drawings.
"Botticelli is widely known for the elegance of his compositions, the sinuosity of his figures and the exquisite flourishes of their draperies but, remarkably, no exhibition has been dedicated to his preparatory drawings. In part, this is because relatively few drawings survive and they are dispersed among many collections around the world," says Thomas P. Campbell, the director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
According to the organizers of the show, fewer than three dozen of Botticelli's drawings are known to exist. Works on paper that are more than 500 years old are, by their very nature, fragile. Many of the drawings will be leaving their home institutions for the first time, coming on loan from museums including the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the British Museum and National Gallery in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
For the first time, this exhibit reunites the Uffizi's Adoration of the Magi to the three fragmentary designs on loan from the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Morgan Library. "It will be incredibly insightful, and satisfying, to witness Botticelli's design process from paper to panel." says the exhibition's curator Furio Rinaldi.
Audio tours are available on site at $8 (not included).
You will also be able to view another exhibit at the Legion of Honor as "Drawing the Line: Michelangelo to Asawa" will be shown simultaneously. This exhibit shows five centuries of drawings on paper. Included are line drawings by Michelangelo, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Ruth Asawa and Paul Gauguin.
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Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund, the John R. Schwabacher Family, as well as many other individual donors. We are grateful for their generous support.
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
9:30 AM–4:00 PM
Check-in at 9:30 AM in the lower lobby of the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall | Please be punctual and allow sufficient time for parking; the bus leaves soon after check-in.
$60 | NOTE: there is a discount for current Museum of SF members. If you are a member, please call Michelle before registering
To register for the trip, contact the Customer Service Desk at (650) 223-8700
Price includes round-trip transportation by private charter bus from the OFJCC and ticket to the museum. Lunch at the museum cafe is on your own.
Refund Policy: $20 non-refundable cancellation fee until January 3. No refunds after this date.
If you need personal assistance of any kind, you must bring an escort.
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]