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How can so much beauty be explained?

· On show at the Uffizi an exceptional selection of international Gothic masterpieces in Florence from 1375 to 1440 ·

The exhibition currently on show at the Uffizi Gallery (until 4 November) is poetically entitled “Bagliori dorati”, [golden splendours], evoking suggestions from writings on art in the style of Longhi or Brandi. In spite of this, however, the area of analysis is announced in the subtitle with philological precision: “Il Gotico internazionale a Firenze 1375-1440” [international Gothic in Florence, 1375-1440].

Through the scientific coordination of Angelo Tartuferi and a stunning display of undisputed masterpieces (by Lorenzo Monaco and Gentile da Fabriano, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Fra Angelico and Domenico Veneziano, early Donatello and Paolo Uccello, with the Battle of San Romano (the latter magnificently restored for the occasion), visitors to the Uffizi are offered a truly unique opportunity; namely, to see hanging in sequence, one after the other, famous art works which they remember from their school books.

If it is the task of an exhibition of ancient art to explain to viewers and make them understand through the selection of works the seasons of history it has brought to life, it is right to acknowledge that this exhibition at the Uffizi has known how to be educational in a truly exemplary way.

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