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The Renaissance Dream Catalogue: From Aristotele, Ovidio Ficino until Botticelli, Michelangelo, Bronzino

Curator:  Chiara Rabbi Bernard, Alessandro Cecchi, Yves Hersant
Size:  23.5x27.5 cm
Edition:  2013
Pages:  240
Cover: 4-color

The theme of "the dream" is considered to be of particular importance in ancient mythology and Renaissance culture, where it was widespread in the figurative arts. However, to this day, it hadn't been the focus of any art exhibition related to the crucial period stretching from from the end of the 15th century to the end of the 16th. This exhibit includes pieces from prestigious Museums, including: Paris, Musée du Louvre; Florence, Uffizi; Venice, Doge's Palace; London, British Museum and National Gallery; Washington, National Gallery of Art; Los Angeles, Paul Getty Museum. The dream appears primarily as a manifestation and revelation of another world, prophetic or premonitory in nature, depicted in famous scenes from the Old Testament (Nebuchadnezzar, Joseph interpreting the Pharaoh's dreams, Jacob's dream, etc.) and in visionary hagiography (the dreams of Constantine, Saint Francis, Saint Ursula, etc.). The variety of artists involved -
both famous, like Bosch, Dürer, or Michelangelo, and lesser known to the general
public, such as Mocetto or Naldini - gives us a deeper sense of how the representation of the dream was characterized in the Renaissance.

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