• Opening Today in Florence: Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana

    by  • September 24, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Florence

    A new exhibition goes on display at Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi.

    Opening today in the stunning city of Florence is what’s set to be an outstanding exhibition of artistic masterpieces, seeking to explore the relationship between art and religion in the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. Featuring over 100 works of art, you’ll see a wide number of exhibits by major Italian artists, complemented further by a wealth of big-name stars including Vincent van Gogh, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch and Henri Matisse, to name but a few.

    Divided thematically, the exhibition aims to highlight the different takes on modernity, trends and the clashes in the relationship between art and religious sentiment, with examples drawn from the Realist, Divisionist, Expressionist, Symbolist, Futurist and even Informal Art genres. And with famous works of art presented alongside less well-known pieces, visitors will have a unique opportunity to view a rich panorama of modern religious art.

    Particular paintings of note include Jean-François Millet’s Angelus, on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Van Gogh’s Pietà, usually in residence at the Vatican Museum, Renato Guttuso’s Crucifixion from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome and Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion, all the way from the Art Institute of Chicago.

    The exhibition forms part of a programme of events running concurrently with the Fifth National Bishops Conference held in Florence in early November, due to be attended by Pope Francis himself. Whether he’ll have time to take in the exhibition remains to be seen.

    Running from today, 24th September through until 24th January, 2016, the exhibition takes place at the Palazzo Strozzi, situated beautifully between the River Arno and the Santa Fiore Cathedral. Open daily from 10am until 8pm (11pm on Thursdays), entrance is 10€ (8.50€ concessions).

    The perfect complement to an autumnal city break in Florence.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.