Georgia Bulletin

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High exhibits Renaissance masterwork from Florence

Published November 13, 2014

ATLANTA—Three marble panels from a famed organ loft created for the Florence Cathedral in Italy are on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta through Jan. 11. The exhibit is titled “Make a Joyful Noise”: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral.

Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia (1400-1482) created 10 exquisitely detailed panels that depict the celebratory text of Psalm 150 beginning in 1431. The project, titled the Cantoria, extended over seven years. According to a news release provided by the High Museum, the artist focused his marble interpretation of the psalm on jubilant children singing and playing instruments and dancing. He received lavish praise for this work and was acknowledged as one of the five founders of Renaissance art in Florence.

The panels were taken down from the cathedral and placed in the Florence museum in 1688. Only one panel has ever left Italy and none has previously traveled to the United States. Research conducted in preparation for the High exhibition produced a new chronology of the order in which the artist created the panels, according to the news release.

In addition to the three panels from the Cantoria, the exhibition will include a walnut lectern and choir books used in the Florence Cathedral. Music from the choir books will be performed in the accompanying audio tour and live performances and recitals by local school groups and arts organizations will be held at select times during the run of the exhibition.

The High Museum is located at 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. Admission to the museum includes all special exhibitions. The museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday at varying hours. Admission is $19.50 for adults, $16.50 for seniors 65 and older and students with ID and $12 for children ages 6-17. Advanced ticket reservations are recommended but not required.