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Robert Mapplethorpe
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by Lavinia Filippi

The Florentine public and press have paid little mind to the provocations that might be found in the summer-long exhibition, "Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection in Form," which opened in May 2009 at Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia and remains on view there through Jan. 10, 2010. The exhibition, the first of any contemporary art to be hosted by the storied museum, juxtaposes more than 90 pictures by the punk-era photographer who died of AIDS in 1989 with Michelangelo’s David, his four unfinished Prisoners, his unfinished Saint Matthew and several additional works by the Renaissance master (1475-1564).