Federico Zuccari took great pride in carefully choosing the books himself.
With the help of experienced scholars he managed to acquire a fair number of books especially from abroad.
The exhibition will be on view in Houston from March 11 through June 10, 2018.
“The legacy of Alessandro Farnese, Pope Paul III, who is remembered as an avid patron of the arts and architecture, illuminates a watershed moment in the history of Italian Renaissance art.
Among his commission agents were the well-known astronomer Bode in Berlin, Gargani in Vienna, the booksellers of the King of the Two Sicilies, Borel and Pichard in Paris.
In Naples and other Italian cities books were purchased by Zuccari or by the above mentioned French booksellers on his behalf.
The exhibition is completed by a number of drawings by Michelangelo’s contemporaries, drawn from the collections of the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, that illustrate the role and importance of drawing in Renaissance Italy, as well as the novel rise of drawings as collectible art objects during the same era. 614 fax 434 e-mail: [email protected] Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte Nella Ferrigno tel. 601 e-mail: [email protected] Monday -Friday: - - The Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte goes back to 1735, when Charles III, a Bourbon king, founded the chair of Astronomy and Navigation at the Royal University of Naples.We are grateful to our colleagues at the Capodimonte Museum for their generosity in sharing their exceptional collection with us,” said Gary Tinterow, MFAH director.“We have the privilege to bring Michelangelo’s two largest surviving drawings to Houston after their recent presentation in New York, and complement them with additional loans from the Capodimonte Museum alongside works from the Vatican, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the University of Chicago Library, private collectors, and our own collection.” presents some 40 works from the 16th century, many of which were commissioned or completed during the papacy of Pope Paul III.