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All exhibitions that deal with the distant past inevitably fall into the trap of anachronism to some degree. This is especially true when they try to present a strong storyline that appeals to modern audiences, as the present exhibition at Bunkamura The Museum does with “Money and Beauty: Botticelli and the Renaissance in Florence.”

The exhibition brings together an impressive collection of works by Sandro Botticelli, the artist whose name, among a few others, springs to mind when we think of the period before the High Renaissance (c.1490-1530). Because of his famous “Primavera” (“Allegory of Spring”), Botticelli is also a painter whom the public tend to associate with the season of spring, which may explain the exhibition’s timing in Tokyo’s art calendar.

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