From 9 March to 14 July 2019 Palazzo Strozzi celebrates Andrea del Verrocchio, first ever retrospective dedicated to one of the symbols of the Renaissance: Verrocchio master of Leonardo. Andrea del Verrocchio has long been celebrated as one of the greatest sculptors of the Italian Renaissance. However, as a painter, Verrocchio has become chiefly celebrated as a teacher. His pupils included Leonardo da Vinci as well as other great artists of the later 15th-century: Pietro Perugino, Lorenzo di Credi and, in all probability Sandro Botticelli. The exhibit will have over 120 works showcasing masterpieces by Verrocchio and of other artists of the era, including works by Leonardo da Vinci (with 5 works, some in Italy for the first time ever), and will include paintings, sculpture and drawings, with many on loan from over 70 international museums and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, and from the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence. As part of the exhibit, the National Museum of the Bargello will also have a special dedicated section to Verrocchio. About the Baptism of Christ: In the mid-16th century, historian, Giorgio Vasari narrates that for the execution of the painting, Andrea del Verrocchio was helped by a young pupil, Leonardo, who painted the figure of the angel on the left with such skill that he upset the older Verrocchio. Current studies are orientated towards considering Leonardo’s interventions to be more extensive, including the charming riparian landscape, golden light and the figure of Christ. It was usual, in 15th-century artist’s studios, for the studio head to design the piece, leaving the secondary parts to be painted by pupils and collaborators. More informations