Andrea del Verrocchio (c. 1435–1488) was one of the most versatile, skilled, and inventive artists of the Italian Renaissance. In addition to creating exceptional works in all media—sculpture, painting, drawing, goldsmith work, architecture, and even engineering—Verrocchio also led one of the most vibrant workshops of the Renaissance, and taught artists who would go on to become some of the greatest painters of the period. Together with Florence’s Museo Nazionale del Bargello and Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, the Gallery will present the first monographic Verrocchio exhibition. This rare exhibition will feature some 40 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by Verrocchio in addition to works created with or by students including Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo di Credi, and Domenico Ghirlandaio. New technical study of Verrocchio’s work will shed light on the artist’s innovative working process. A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the landmark exhibition.
The exhibition was conceived by the late Eleonora Luciano, associate curator of sculpture and decorative arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and is curated by Andrew Butterfield, with the collaboration of Gretchen Hirschauer, associate curator, department of Italian paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington; Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture and deputy head of sculpture and decorative arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington; and Dylan Smith, Robert H. Smith research conservator, department of object conservation, National Gallery of Art, Washington.