"Make A Joyful Noise"
Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral
October 25, 2014-January 11, 2015
As the great dome of Florence's Cathedral was nearing completion in the 1430s, many important art commissions were awarded to fill the church's vast interior. Included among these was Luca della Robbia's famed and beautiful organ loft, known today as the Cantoria, or singing gallery. Three marble panels from this Renaissance masterpiece will travel to the U.S. for the first time. The exhibition will place these works in the musical environment in which they were originally created by presenting them with luxurious hand decorated choir books and a lectern designed to display them.
Luca della Robbia began his Cantoria in 1431 and completed it 7 years later, eventually producing 10 exquisitely carved marbles that depict the celebratory text of Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord). The artist's subject matter includes a delightful cast of jubilant children singing, playing instruments, and dancing to music. The young della Robbia received lavish praise for his work and was quickly acknowledged as one of the leading sculptors in Florence, joining the company of Ghiberti and Donatello. He later achieved great fame with his glazed polychromed terracotta pieces.
The High is planning an extensive music program to accompany "Make a Joyful Noise." Music from the choir books will be performed on the accompanying audio tour. In addition, live concerts and recitals by professional singers and musicians, church choirs, school groups, and others will be held in an adjoining gallery, further exploring and strengthening the relationship between the visual and performing arts on this occasion.
Perform at the High!
October 25, 2014 through January 11, 2015
Is your school or community group interested in performing at the High? This fall, we are opening a gallery performance space to complement the exhibition "Make a Joyful Noise": Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral. The artwork is all about the intermingling of art and music, and we will host all types of performances – music, dance, spoken word, etc. For more information, please e-mail Ginia Sweeney.
Image Credit: Luca della Robbia (Italian, 1399/1400-1482), Boys Singing from a Book, 1431-1438, Marble, From the Collection of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence
Photo: Scala / Art Resource, NY
Exhibition Organization & Support
“Make a Joyful Noise”: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.
The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Coca-Cola Company, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Special thanks to contributing sponsor Delta Air Lines. Funding for the conservation of the Cantoria has been provided by Friends of Florence.