Reviving the ancient, building the modern. Turin dedicates a major exhibition to Mantegna

Palazzo Madama in Turin dedicates a major exhibition to one of the most celebrated artists of the Italian Renaissance, Andrea Mantegna. From December 12, 2019.

The rooms of Palazzo Madama in Turin will host from December 12, 2019 to May 4, 2020 the major exhibition Andrea Mantegna. Reviving the Ancient, Building the Modern dedicated to one of the most significant artists of the Italian Renaissance, Andrea Mantegna (Isola di Carturo, 1431 - Mantua, 1506).

The six sections of the exhibition will trace the celebrated painter’s artistic activity, from his beginnings to his role as an artist at the Gonzaga court, highlighting certain themes such as his relationship with architecture and literati.
Visitors will therefore have the opportunity to discover extensively the figure of the artist who defined his formative language on the basis of his deep and direct knowledge of the Paduan works of Donatello, the paintings of Jacopo Bellini and his sons, the Florentine and Flemish innovations and the study of ancient sculpture.

His role as a court artist will be explored in particular, as well as his relationship with writers and scholars.

To complement the exhibition itinerary, multimedia projections will be offered in the Medieval Court of Palazzo Madama for an immersive experience in Mantegna’s life, places and works, especially for those masterpieces, such as the Ovetari Chapel in Padua, the Bridal Chamber and the great cycle of Caesar’s Triumphs in Mantua, that cannot be featured in the exhibition.

The main floor will display the works, starting with the large detached fresco from the Ovetari Chapel, which can be seen again for the first time after long restoration, and the lunette with St. Anthony and St. Bernardine of Siena from the Antoniano Museum in Padua.

Also present are works by artists from northern Italy who were linked to Mantegna, such as Donatello, Antonello da Messina, Pisanello, Paolo Uccello, Giovanni Bellini, Cosmè Tura, Ercole de’ Roberti, Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi known as l’Antico and Correggio.

More than a hundred works were selected for the exhibition by a prestigious scientific committee: Masterpieces from some of the world’s greatest collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Musée du Louvre and the Musée Jacquemart André in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna, and the Staatliche Museum in Berlin, as well as from loans from numerous Italian collections, including the Gallerie degli Uffizi, the Pinacoteca Civica del Castello Sforzesco, the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan, theAccademia Carrara in Bergamo, the Museo Antoniano and the Musei Civici in Padua, the Fondazione Cini and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, the Musei Civici in Pavia, the Galleria Sabauda and the Museo di Antichità in Turin, the Musei Civici, the Seminario Arcivescovile and the Basilica di Sant’Andrea in Mantua.

The exhibition is curated by Sandrina Bandera and Howard Burns with Vincenzo Farinella as consultant curator for antiquities; it is sponsored by Fondazione Torino Musei and Intesa Sanpaolo and organized by Civita Mostre e Musei.

For info:

Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

Tickets: Full 15 euros, reduced under 25 7 euros. Free for under 6s.

Image: Andrea Mantegna, Pala Trivulzio (1497; tempera on canvas, 287 x 214 cm; Milan, Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco)

Reviving the ancient, building the modern. Turin dedicates a major exhibition to Mantegna
Reviving the ancient, building the modern. Turin dedicates a major exhibition to Mantegna

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