(AGI) Washington, Feb 19 - Two major exhibitions dedicated toItalian Renaissance artists will open in the next few days inthe U.S. cities of New York and Williamsburg. The firstexhibition, Sculpture in the Age of Donatello, will beinaugurated at New York's Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) onFriday and last till June 14. The event was organised incollaboration with the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria delFiore in Florence, and will feature 23 sculptures created forFlorence's Duomo by Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Luca dellaRobbia, and Nanni di Banco. The exhibition will be curated byMonsignor Timothy Vredon, head of Florence's Museo dell'Operadel Duomo, and co-curated by Donatello expert Daniel Zolli, andwill be the apex event celebrating MOBIA's 10th anniversary."It's an unprecedented opportunity for the American public todelve into the essence of the Italian Renaissance, which,thanks to the pieces exhibited, inserts itself perfectly in theeternal dialogue between art and religion which MOBIA isdedicated towards endorsing and exploring," said Italy'sAmbassador to Washington, Claudio Bisognero. The secondexhibition, Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty, will openon February 21 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the Collegeof William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The initiative,organised in collaboration with the Associazione CulturaleMetamorfosi in Rome and with the patronage of the Italianembassy, will display the contrast between Leonardo's idea ofbeauty in his works and that of his 'rival', Michelangelo. Itwill feature over 25 drawings by Leonardo, loaned by the UffiziGallery in Florence and Turin's Royal Library, and eightMichelangelo drawings selected from the collection inFlorence's Casa Buonarroti. "It's an event that should not bemissed, newly proposing the historic competition between twoabsolute geniuses, their different ways of thinking andrepresenting beauty," Ambassador Bisogniero said. "Thecollaboration with the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the Collegeof William & Mary is an example of the incredible network ofrelations between cultural institutes in Italy and the UnitedStates, which the foreign ministry and Italian embassy toWashington are committed towards promoting and sustaining."(AGI) . .