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AGO teams with Getty for major Renaissance show

The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is the exclusive Canadian venue next year for an exhibition of Florentine masterpieces from the 14th century, curated in association with the famous J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The show, titled Revealing the Renaissance: Art in Early Florence, reportedly includes an estimated 100 paintings, sculptures, stained glass and manuscripts, including two hand-written copies of Dante's Divine Comedy. Details of the exhibition are expected to be announced Wednesday morning. The exhibition's three-month run starts March 16, 2013 and draws on artifacts from the Getty collection as well as holdings in Europe and the United States. Among the highlights are three works by Giotto (1266-1337): the five-panel Peruzzi altarpiece (from the North Carolina Museum of Art), the painting Madonna of San Giorgio alla Costa (from the Museo dioscesano di Santo Stefano al ponte) and Pentecost, a painting from the National Gallery in London.

A strong interactive component is expected, with iPad stations scattered throughout the exhibition space. The show is being curated by Christine Sciacca, the Getty's assistant curator of manuscripts, in association with Sasha Suda, the AGO's assistant curator of European art. Many of the works have never been seen outside their original locales.

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The Getty is hosting the show first in Los Angeles, beginning Nov. 13 through Feb. 10, 2013, under the title Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350.

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