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closed The return of Dürer. The Madonna del Patrocinio in Bagnacavallo later 50 years.

Curated by: Diego Galizzi

The show

Since last September the halls of the Museo Civico delle Cappuccine in Bagnacavallo (RA), host the exhibition Albrecht Dürer. The privilege of restlessness, an ambitious exhibition project on Dürer's graphic production, with more than 120 works from prestigious Italian public and private collections. The exhibition is the perfect setting for an exceptional event: from next December 14, 2019 and until February 2, 2020, in fact, the museum will host the special exhibition of the Madonna del Patrocinio, also known as Madonna di Bagnacavallo, an extraordinary painting by the great Master of Nuremberg "discovered" in 1961 by the priest-scholar Antonio Savioli after, in living memory, he had always been before the eyes of the cloistered nuns Bagnacavallesi as an anonymous object of devotion. From that moment the Madonna of the Patronage "re-emerged" in the light of the historical-artistic research with the strength of an unexpected and surprising revelation, provoking from the very beginning the ecstatic surprise of Roberto Longhi who, on impulse, did not hesitate to pronounce the name by Albrecht Dürer, then dedicating a fundamental essay to the table published in the magazine "Paragone". The sudden interest of the media and of the scientific community around that painting that had remained in the shadow of the cloister until then represented a cause for concern for the nuns, who unconsciously found themselves guardians of a real treasure, but above all, as they remember the chronicles of the time, they found themselves no longer knowing how to do "to respond to the numerous requests to view the work that comes to them from every part of Italy and from abroad". Also for this reason, together with the need to build a new convent since the Bagnacavallese one had for a long time been dilapidated and unhealthy, the community matured the idea of alienating the precious table, a project that materialized at the beginning of 1969 with the sale to the collector- patron Luigi Magnani. On that date, the Madonna of Patronage left Bagnacavallo forever, a painful event for the city, in which voices of grievance were not lacking above all against the sudden departure of the masterpiece directly from the secret of the cloister, without there ever been a single moment of exposure to the Bagnacavallese citizens.

The exhibit IL RITORNO DI ALBRECHT DÜRER is therefore of particular cultural and civil significance. The "Madonna del Patrocinio" in Bagnacavallo 50 years later, curated by Diego Galizzi, director of the museum, and organized by the Municipality of Bagnacavallo thanks to the collaboration of the Magnani Rocca Foundation. 


Works on display

Timetable and tickets


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48012 Bagnacavallo


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