Accademia Carrara presents an exhibition dedicated to Giacomo Quarenghi (1744-1817), a Bergamo-born architect known for having transformed the face of St. Petersburg according to the dictates of the neoclassical school, at the court of Catherine II.
The exhibition, curated by Piervaleriano Angelini and M. Cristina Rodeschini, is divided into ten sections and illustrates the architect's modus operandi, his artistic talents as a great draftsman and the Italian-Russian-European culture of a fascinating interpreter between 700 and and 800s.
Through a little less than forty years of work in Russia, the work of Giacomo Quarenghi has contributed significantly to shaping the design of Empress Catherine II of Russia and then of her son Alexander, oriented to change the face of St. Petersburg to make it become a European capital.
The exhibition, consisting of a selection of about seventy architect's pages extracted from the Carrara collection, aims to be the ideal conclusion of the celebrations that started under their design in 2015 under the aegis of the Municipality of Bergamo and the Quarenghi Observatory to culminate in the 2017 anniversary, the bicentenary of the architect's death.
Giacomo Quarenghi is the main international figure that Bergamo has expressed. The architect's notoriety is sealed by the presence of his works in important institutional bodies - the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, the Pushkin of Moscow, the National Museum of Warsaw, the Stockholm Museum, the Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia and the Civic Collections of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan - to name but a few. The Carrara fund is, with the large number of drawings preserved by the Angelo Mai Civic Library of Bergamo, one of the richest, still little known and until now only fragmented. These are works of a technical nature representative of the breadth of the typologies designed by Quarenghi, but together with his knowledge and refinement in the definition of precious interiors, the latter drawings of great taste and high decoration, capable of highlighting the surprising talent of Quarenghi who had a solid artistic training.
The exhibition thus illustrates, according to a rich sampling, the architect's modus operandi, his excellent skills as a draftsman in an inextricable succession.
"Giacomo Quarenghi architect in the imperial St. Petersburg" represents the culmination of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the death, begun in 2015 under the aegis of the Municipality of Bergamo and the Quarenghi Observatory. The complex path developed by Accademia Carrara has seen in the first place the revision and restoration of the entire fund, its in-depth study with the realization of the scientific catalog that inaugurates the series of scientific publications dedicated to the museum's graphic collections.