Curated by: Angelo Mazza
Genus Bononiae. Musei nella Città presents in the splendid rooms of Palazzo Fava in Bologna frescoed by the Carraccis, from Thursday 7 April to Sunday 24 July 2022, the exhibition " The Picture Gallery of the Castle. Emilian painting from the Michelangelo Poletti Collection " curated by Angelo Mazza. The exhibition gives life to an excursus on Emilian painting from the end of the fifteenth century to the early nineteenth century, presenting important works never exhibited before. The exhibition also highlights the relationships and connections between the paintings and the client history of the place that hosts them, Palazzo Fava.
The exhibition consists of eighty-five works carried out between the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century , belonging to the rich collection created by Michelangelo Poletti in the suggestive Castle of San Martino in Soverzano, in the Bolognese plain: a collection formed in the last thirty years that it originates from the passion of an entrepreneur sensitive to the reasons of culture.
The selection offers a well-representative documentation of the Emilian component, which constitutes the soul of the “Poletti art gallery”. The vast majority of these are works never seen in public, which have given life to what can be defined as the most conspicuous and significant collection of Emilian painting in private hands.
Among the works on display are the Madonna with the Child enthroned and the saints Peter, Paul, Francis of Assisi and Antonio da Padova, a masterpiece of the "Master of the Baldraccani", a personality reconstructed by Federico Zeri active in Forlì at the end of the century. XV, Saint with cross and book, splendid small panel by Boccaccio Boccaccino (Ferrara before 1466 - Cremona 1525); from the late sixteenth century Camillo Procaccini with a youthful Head of character and with a Sacrifice of Isaac from the Milanese period, Denys Calvaert, the painter of Antwerp who settled in Bologna, with a San Giovanni Evangelista and a sprig with the Holy Family and San Giovannino.