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Compelling photographs go on show in Florence

Downstairs, photography; upstairs, Renaissance art

Compelling photographs go on show in Florence

Image: Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery © Hiroshi Sugimoto

December 01 2010
Maria Shollenbarger

There’s still time to catch a compelling exhibition in Florence at La Strozzina, the city’s excellent contemporary art venue housed in the Palazzo Strozzi (www.palazzostrozzi.org). Portraits and Power: People, Politics and Structures is a provocative examination thereof by contemporary photographers including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra and Martin Parr, and is on until January 23. (Pictured: Fidel Castro in 1999, photographed by Hiroshi Sugimoto.)

The masterfully curated Bronzino retrospective in the Palazzo upstairs – for which more than 70 of the Medici court painter’s works, including four recently restored tondi from the church of Santa Felicita, have been gathered for the first time in one setting – is nothing to sneeze at, either.