Curated by: Vittorio Sgarbi
The exhibition The pursuit of Beauty. The Cavallini Sgarbi Collection in Ascoli Piceno, at the Palazzo Dei Capitani, will bring together the main works of the famous collection in an exciting journey over four centuries that, from the second half of the fifteenth century. Inside the exhibition you will breathe the intimate atmosphere of a private collection, the result of Vittorio Sgarbi's passionate love hunt, carried out in tandem with his mother Rina Cavallini, who bought the works in numerous auctions in every corner of the world. . Her "best man", remembered by the critic with these words: «became an extension of my thought and my life. I was indicating the name of an artist, the place, the auction house. And she punctually took aim and hit ».
A private art collection is the foundation of a symbolic system, the creation of a gym for the soul, a place where intimate, thoughtful and, sometimes, painful choices materialize. It is often forgotten that his highest vocation is to welcome the public, to offer himself to the gaze, to tell his own story. The exhibition - created in collaboration with the Cavallini Sgarbi Foundation, the Elisabetta Sgarbi Foundation and the Culturally Together Association - is produced by Contemplazioni, which follows its artistic direction.
Numerous works, including paintings and sculptures, from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century will land in Ascoli Piceno at the rooms of the Palazzo dei Capitani: an anthology that intends to illustrate the identity of an ideally boundless collection, open to many curiosities coinciding with experimented study themes and others entirely new. On display we see the terracotta by Matteo Civitali and Agostino de Fundulis, and an extraordinary collection of precious paintings, mostly on wood, executed between the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth century: to painters born or active in Ferrara - Boccaccio Boccaccino, Francesco Zaganelli, Giovanni Battista Benvenuti called Ortolano, Nicolò Pisano, Benvenuto Tisi called Garofalo - alongside rare authors such as Liberale da Verona, Jacopo da Valenza, Antonio da Crevalcore, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi, Johannes Hispanus, Bartolomeo di David, Lambert Sustris .