The Italian Almanac

art exhibition

Italian Art - May 17

Heavily muscled, naked men, mighty battle scenes and perhaps a glimpse or two of heaven: you can find it all in Ottawa in this summer's show at the National Gallery of Canada - a major international exhibition of Renaissance paintings, sketches and sculpture drawn from galleries around the world.

Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence is a significant coup for the National Gallery - the sole international venue for an exhibition that was four years in the making. Focusing on the period from about 1500 to 1550, the show demonstrates how Florence became the intellectual and emotional centre of an explosion of this new form of art.