Raffaello Verso Picasso: in the restored Palladian Basilica of Vicenza, an extraordinary exhibition to explore the fascinating changes in the representation of the human figure through the centuries

From 06 October 2012 to 20 January 2013

From 6 October Vicenza will host one of the largest art exhibitions in Italy 2012:'Raffaello verso Picasso. Stories of eyes, faces and figures'. Considered by far one of the most important art events in Italy, Picasso verso Raffaello will bring together more than one hundred masterpieces from around the world in a unique exhibition in the Palladio Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza.

In Raffaello verso Picasso, the great history of the portrait and the figure will be presented according to an original formula designed to provide the viewer with connections deeper than a normal chronological order. Organized into thematic sections, the exhibition of art in Vicenza presents resonances, analogies and stylistic relationships that transcend time by linking together works of art from different periods, including a wide span from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. In the splendid Palladio Basilica Palladian Vicenza, the exhibition will put side by side in a new way the greatest artists in the history of art, breaking the flow of time to provide interesting insights and new comparisons.

The title of the exhibition suggests the different shades that can be analyzed, from the perfection of the Renaissance style to its complete demolition and exasperation with cubism, the quiet and calm of the fifteenth century figures as opposed to the anxiety and tension of the twentieth century: Raffaello verso Picasso, a path along history and at the same time a comparison between two opposite ways of interpreting the figure.Bellini, Raphael, Giorgione, Botticelli, Tiziano, Mantegna, Cranach, Rubens, Drer, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, El Greco, Tiepolo, Goya, Velzquez, Rembrandt, the Impressionists Manet, Van Gogh, Monet, Czanne and Gauguin to Munch, Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Giacometti, Bacon and others, works of art from the most prestigious museums in the world will come to Vicenza for one of the largest exhibitions in Italy in 2012.

A perfect opportunity to show the world the new face of the Palladian Basilica in Vicenza, the exhibition will celebrate the reopening of this extraordinary monument after a long restoration carried out in recent years.

Divided into four large sections, the exhibition in Vicenza will present self-portraits, religious and secular feelings, portraits, everyday life, royalty of life at court, figure and landscape until the upheavals of the twentieth century, which will be shown in all their depth by introducing sculpture in to the exhibition.

The first section will focus on spirituality and the figure of Christ, as outlined in the classic themes: nativity, adoration, Holy Family and Madonna with child up to the final stage with the crowning of thorns, crucifixion and deposition. Around Christ, St. Sebastian, St. Jerome, John the Baptist and other great saints. The Holy Scriptures seen through the eyes of Beato Angelico, Lippi, Mantegna, Bellini, Bramantino, Crivelli, Cima da Conegliano, Guercino, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Bosch, Caravaggio, Cranach, Correggio, Veronese ... to arrive at new interpretations of El Greco and Manet.

The second section of the exhibition in Vicenza proposes an elegant parade of kings and queens, nobility and high clergy: the portrait in its most celebratory appearance, as a mirror of bourgeois and aristocratic society in Europe. One of the focal points of this section are the portraits of husband and wife, initially with Dutch and Flemish examples followed by Anglo-Saxon and American ones over a wide time span that allow the viewer to grasp influences and developments. Space is also given to Rubens and Velazquez, two of the greatest portrait painters in the history of art, with their courts veiled in allegory and hidden meanings.

Dedicated to the everyday portrait in all its facets, the third section is one of the richest and most fascinating of the entire show at Palladian Basilica. Between melancholy and joy, youth and signs of aging, increasingly deep studies to delve into the moods and feelings hidden in the depths of the human soul. Very intense are the art works of Impressionism, with its dense portraits of everyday life, and its "precursors" Courbet and Millet with their striking figures in the landscape.

The great changes that have occurred since the end of the nineteenth century will be explored in the last section of this extraordinary art exhibition. From the advances in the seventeenth century of El Greco in the 17th century through Van Gogh and Gauguin to the revolution sparked by Pierre Bonard, Munch, Matisse - expressionism and isolated artists ending with Picasso: the very meaning of the portrait changes, the way of representing faces and bodies, the light and the application of colour marking a turning point for subsequent generations of artists.

At the Palladian Basilica in Vicenza, an art exhibition of international importance to describe the evolution of the history of portrait and figure through the centuries and the works of the greatest artists in the history of art.

Raffaello verso Picasso in Vicenza, on display from 6 October 2012 to 20 January 2013, and will then move to Verona for another phase in the exhibition and news!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 06 October 2012 to 20 January 2013

Event location: Basilica Palladiana - Vicenza

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