The Accademia Carrara is bringing together two works by Botticelli for the first time in a hundred and fifty years: The Story of Virginia and The Story of Lucretia. Two further Botticellis from the Carrara will also be shown on this occasion: the famous Portrait of Giuliano de’ Medici and the Vir Dolorum. These works are used to narrate a chapter in the fifteenth-century history of Italy and Europe. Lupo Burtscher designed the exhibition and its print media.
The project was made possible by the loan of The Story of Lucretia from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. A golden line guides the visitor through the exhibition, highlighting the classicism of the works and the use of gold in the painting of that era. The transmission of knowledge and the provision of detailed information are of the highest value here: each work is described at length and supplied with scientific documents. A timeline recounts the life and work of Sandro Botticelli along with important events that took place during his time. Large format quotations about the author are interspersed between the depicted figures. The two postcards show scenes or figures isolated from their respective works and set against single planes of colour.