Currier exhibition: Unlocking the Secrets of the Renaissance

New exhibition of newly discovered sculptures offers insight into Renaissance Florence and the inspiration of artists.

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MANCHESTER, NH – Are you a fan of Dan Brown and the Da Vinci Code?  The culture of the Florence Renaissance may be 500 years old, but discoveries continue to be made that reveal political intrigue and a complex society.  This weekend is your chance to explore the hidden symbols in the art and culture of Renaissance Florence with some world’s leading experts.  As part of its new exhibit Myth and Faith in Renaissance Florence, the Currier Museum of Art will host scholars from around the world to explore hidden symbols from the period.  The goal of this unique event is to provide visitors with a deeper appreciation of the wonders and mysteries of this influential era.

Myth and Faith in Renaissance Florence, opening on Saturday, October 13, is centered around a recently discovered masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, John the Baptist. The historically important work was created by Giovan Montorsoli, one of Michelangelo’s most gifted students. Until recently, the sculpture was unknown and unpublished and has not been on public view for centuries.

Opening weekend begins on Saturday with a full day symposium focusing on the social, political, and spiritual context in Renaissance Florence and the dramatic transformation of Italian sculpture in the 16th century. Tickets are limited, and advance purchase is recommended.

Opening weekend activities will conclude on Sunday, October 14 with a special concert of Florentine songs and virtuoso instrumental works by the renowned early music group, Il Furioso. This program will offer a glimpse of Florence from the mid-1500s to the early 17th century through music drawn from the songbooks of courtly singers and accompanied by the poetry of Machiavelli.

And for those who enjoyed the Currier Museum’s Moulin Rouge party last year, this year’s signature event will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, a Masquerade ball centered around Renaissance Florence.  Join us for an evening of mystery, decadence, and old-world glamour.  Dress up, don a mask and enjoy a festive evening of entertainment including acrobatics, contortionists and dancing, plus delicious Italian-inspired fare and magnificent examples of Renaissance art.

For ticket purchases and more information please visit the Currier Museum of Art’s website: www.Currier.org.