Rome, showcasing for the first time a great seventeenth-century artist, Plautilla Bricci


Opening in Rome from November 5, 2021 to April 19, 2022, is the first-ever monographic exhibition dedicated to Plautilla Bricci, a great painter and architect of the seventeenth century. Curated by Yuri Primarosa, it brings together for the first time the artist's entire graphic and pictorial production.

A Silent Revolution will be held from November 5, 2021 to April 19, 2022 at Corsini Gallery. Plautilla Bricci painter and architect, the first monographic exhibition dedicated to the painter and architect Plautilla Bricci (Rome, 1616 - post 1690). The exhibition, curated by Yuri Primarosa, brings together for the first time the artist’s entire graphic and pictorial production, presenting a Portrait of an Architect (a probable effigy of Bricci), alongside masterpieces also unpublished or little-known by her closest masters.

The discovery of previously unpublished documents on Plautilla’s life, the identification of new works and the restoration of her architectural plans preserved at theState Archives in Rome (exhibited for the first time together with a new panel from a private collection), allow new light to be shed on this fascinating figure of an artist, the only female architect inpre-industrial Europe.

On display will be an ambitious design by Bricci for the Spanish Steps of Trinità dei Monti (1660), the vast lunette she painted for the Lateran Canons (1669-1673) and two other canvases of hers preserved in Poggio Mirteto, restored for the occasion: the Stendardo della Compagnia della Misericordia depicting the Birth and Martyrdom of the Baptist (1675) and the Madonna del Rosario (1683-1687) from the cathedral.

Closing the exhibition is an exceptional loan: the altar painting depicting St. Louis IX of France between History and Faith painted by Plautilla for the Chapel of St. Louis (1676-1680) in the Church of the French, entirely designed by the architect for Abbot Benedetti, next to the Contarelli Chapel. The catalog accompanying the exhibition, printed by Officina Libraria, contains essays by Yuri Primarosa, curator of the exhibition, and Melania Mazzucco, author of L’architettrice, and contributions from some of the leading specialists on the artist and her cultural context-Aloisio Antinori, Carla Benocci, Maria Barbara Guerrieri Borsoi, Riccardo Gandolfi, Gianni Papi and Magda Tassinari-providing a new and updated monograph on the artist.

For all information, you can visit the official website of the Barberini-Corsini Gallery.

Rome, showcasing for the first time a great seventeenth-century artist, Plautilla Bricci
Rome, showcasing for the first time a great seventeenth-century artist, Plautilla Bricci


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