Guariento and Padua Carrarese is the latest great exhibition that the city of the Saint has in store for the oncoming spring and the first part of summer 2011: an unmissable appointment with culture and a fascinating journey in time and the medieval art of Veneto. This event is being held in different locations, each one delving into a different aspect of the artist and contributing to understanding the character of this painter and the environment in which he operated. The highlight of the event is the Guariento exhibition, displayed in the recently refurbished Palazzo del Monte in Piazza del Duomo, which houses the headquarters of the Cassa di Risparmio Padova and Rovigo Foundation. This exhibition offers the special occasion to see reunited all the main works of the artist who, after Giotto, is considered the greatest representative of 14th century painting in Padua. Paintings and frescoes on show will demonstrate how Guariento was able to anticipate the elements of the international Gothic style. Visitors will have the possibility to admire Guarientos marvellous angels together with sacred subjects, which have contributed to making this artist particularly renowned, and other profane-based works. But this is not all: next to Guarientos masterpieces, the exhibition offers works from Giotto, Pietro and Giuliano da Rimini, Vitale da Bologna, Paolo and Lorenzo Veneziano, Giusto Menabuoi, Altichiero, Vivarini, Nicol di Pietro and Giambono in demonstration of the fact that all these artists were well aware of the great lesson that Guariento offered in his Palazzo Ducale Paradise painting. Such a vast collection of great art works and detailed artistic representations will be hard to come by again in future an additional reason not to miss this exhibition.
The exhibition opens up a new window into the Padua Carrarese and other interesting elements of the time throughout different venues, namely: the Civic Museums at the Eremitani, Palazzo Zuckermann, the Diocese Museum and Petrarcas House at Arqu the last holding a purposely arranged examination of Petrarca and his permanence in Padua.
All in all there are 10 sections of the Guariento and the Padua Carrarese exhibition. A 360 degree analysis of Padua in the 14th century and its Lords and such themes as: literature, books, music, science, sculpture, applied arts (jewelry, ceramics, ivory and furniture coins and clothes.
The exhibition is also an ideal journey along the main locations and monuments of Padua in the 14th century, amongst them the Reggia Carrarese (with Guariento's frescoes) and the Diocesan Museum (with a section on 13th century music and a display of Omar Gallianis Angels).