If you find yourself in Boston this winter and fancy the art of the renaissance you may want to consider catching Botticelli: Heroines and Heroes at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum, February 14, 2019 to May 19, 2019. It will be, for one thing, probably the only time, unless you visit Italy, that you will have a chance to see Botticelli’s Story of Virginia, on loan from Italy for the first time and appearing only in Boston.
Botticelli: Heroines and Heroes consists of eight monumental works painted by Botticelli circa 1500 demonstrate the artist’s extraordinary talents as a master storyteller. Botticelli was more than adept at reinventing ancient Roman and early Christian heroines and heroes as renaissance role models transforming their stories of lust, betrayal and vi0lence into parables for a more secular time.
Thanks to loans from the British National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition has also reunited three out of the four panels telling the tale of the early Christian saint, Zenobius.