Donor Opening Reception: Botticelli Drawings

Virgin and child with onlookers

Sandro Botticelli (Italian, Florence ca. 1445–1510 Florence), The Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist (“Madonna of the Rose Garden”) (detail), ca. 1465–1470. Tempera and gold on poplar panel, 35 11/16 × 26 3/8 in. (90.7 × 67 cm). Musée du Louvre, Département des Peintures. © RMN-Grand Palais. Photo: Tony Querrec

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Leadership Circle, Patrons Circle, and exhibition sponsors are invited to the opening celebration of Botticelli Drawings. Donors will preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, and partake in a cocktail reception with light bites and entertainment. 

At 6:30 pm, guests will enjoy behind-the-scenes highlights in the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater with Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO, and Furio Rinaldi, curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and curator of Botticelli Drawings.

About the exhibition

Botticelli Drawings is the first exhibition ever dedicated to the drawings of Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli (ca. 1445–1510). Exploring the foundational role drawing played in Botticelli’s work, the exhibition traces his artistic journey, from studying under maestro Fra Filippo Lippi (ca. 1406–1469) to leading his own workshop in Florence. Featuring rarely seen and newly attributed works, reunited with iconic paintings, the exhibition provides insight into the design practice of an artist whose name is synonymous with the Italian Renaissance.

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Invitations to this event are a benefit for Leadership Circle, Patrons Circle, and exhibition sponsors. Invitations will be sent to current eligible donors. To RSVP, email or call 415.750.7648.

Interested in increasing your donation to attend? Call 415.750.3508 to join a dedicated group of art enthusiasts and begin enjoying all of the exclusive benefits of the Patrons Circle including insider access, compelling learning opportunities, special events with behind-the-scenes tours, VIP tickets, and invitations to travel with museum curators.

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This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Presenting Sponsors
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Diane B. Wilsey
Barbara A. Wolfe

Major Support
Roger Thomas and Arthur Libera
Wolfgang Ratjen Stiftung, Liechtenstein 

Significant Support
Gretchen B. Kimball

Generous Support
Bettina S. Bryant
The Harris Family
Edina Jennison
Samuel H. Kress Foundation 
The Robert Lehman Foundation 
Maria Manetti Shrem
Lynn and Edward Poole
Mary Sauer, Robert Doris, and Annie Doris
The Tavolozza Foundation 
David A. Wollenberg

Additional support is provided by The Achenbach Graphic Arts Council, Luanne and Pete Andreotti, Alexandria and Dwight Ashdown, Sandra Bessières, Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, Robert Dance, Stanlee Gatti, Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco, Wendy W. Kwok and family, Moretti Fine Art LD, Jan and Bob Newman, Christina Ongerth, Parida Saennam and Austin Ligon, Sheila Wishek, and Andrea Woodner.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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