Andrea Brustolon

From 27 March 2009 to 12 July 2009

In 2009 Belluno pays tribute to one of its most famous sons, the engraver Andrea Brustolon, whom Balzac once called the Michelangelo of wood. A leading figure of the Venetian Baroque, Brustolon trained in the workshop of the Genoese sculptor Filippo Parodi, though his talents may have owed something to his fathers ability in woodcarving. His genius led to commissions from the leading Venetian families Venier, Correr and Pisani, for whom he decorated furniture with incredible detailed representations both esoteric and naturalistic, of animals, plants and human figures, all executed with breathtaking precision. Both sacred and profane subjects figure among his works, whose originality runs through the whole range. His commissions for the churches of the Frari at Venice and S Floriano at Pieve di Zoldo are excellent examples of his expanding traditional religious iconography and embellishing it with ornate decoration. Perhaps his outstanding masterpiece is his chair with the 12 signs of the zodiac, today housed in the Quirinale. The exhibition will be curated by the architect Mario Botta and will encompass the artists entire life and works, with the opportunity to learn of the whole creative process, from studio designs to terracotta draughts.
By Insidecom Editorial Staff