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Marubeni Gallery Opening Exhibition Ⅲ

Botticelli Special Exhibition La Bella Simonetta

December 1 (Thu.), 2022 - January 31 (Tue.), 2023

This exhibition is the third to be held in commemoration of the opening of Marubeni Gallery and features Botticelli’s La Bella Simonetta. This work, the only tempera painting by the artist currently located in Japan, has been carefully housed by Marubeni in its collection for 53 years since it was imported from the UK in 1969.
The painting found its way to Japan after traveling through Italy, France, Britain, Germany, and then back to Britain. As Botticelli was largely forgotten by history for more than 300 years until his rediscovery in the mid-19th century, there are very few of his works that can be traced back to the early 19th century with documentation, making La Bella Simonetta extremely rare in this respect.
On January 28, 2023, during the exhibition period, we will celebrate the 570th anniversary of Simonetta’s birth. Therefore, in this exhibition, we have tried to reveal the exquisite appeal of both the painting and its model, Simonetta herself, in detail, while tracing the provenance of the painting in chronological order with the aid of the invaluable documentation and through multi-angled investigations.
We sincerely hope that as many people as possible will take this opportunity to closely view and appreciate La Bella Simonetta.

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  • Sandro Botticelli, La Bella Simonetta (detail), Latter half of the 15th century (est. between.1469 and 1475), Tokyo, Marubeni Corporation

  • J=B=P. Le Brun, Recueil de gravures au trait, à l'eau forte et ombrée (Recueil de gravures d'après un choix de tableaux recueillis dans les années 1807-1808), 1809, Paris, Private Collection

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All proceeds from admission fees will be donated to the Marubeni Foundation.

  • Sandro Botticelli, La Bella Simonetta (detail),
    Latter half of the 15th century (est. between.1469 and 1475), Tokyo, Marubeni Corporation

  • J=B=P. Le Brun, Recueil de gravures au trait, à l'eau forte et ombrée
    (Recueil de gravures d'après un choix de tableaux recueillis dans les années 1807-1808), 1809, Paris, Private Collection

access

Marubeni Gallery

3F Marubeni Tokyo Head Office 4-2, Otemachi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

1-minute walk from Takebashi Station Exit 3a (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)

6-minutes walk from Otemachi Station Exit C2b (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)

7-minutes walk from Jimbocho Station Exit A9 (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Toei Shinjuku Line & Mita Line)

*Please note that the gallery does not have parking facilities. Please use nearby paid parking lots or use public transport.