Botticelli Drawings Black Tie Dinner

Benefactor Level and above members and special guests were invited to the Botticelli Drawings premiere and black tie dinner on Friday, November 17, 2023. Remarks were given by Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO, Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, and Furio Rinaldi, curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.

Presented exclusively at the Legion of Honor, Botticelli Drawings is a landmark exhibition and the first one ever dedicated to the drawings of Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli (ca. 1445–1510). Exploring the foundational role drawing played in Botticelli’s work, the exhibition traces his artistic journey, from studying under maestro Fra Filippo Lippi (ca. 1406–1469) to leading his own workshop in Florence. Featuring rarely seen and newly attributed works from 42 lenders, the exhibition provides unprecedented insight into the design practice of an artist whose name is synonymous with the Italian Renaissance.