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closed Michelangelo a colori. Marcello Venusti, Lelio Orsi, Marco Pino, Jacopino del Conte

Curated by: Francesca Parrilla, Massimo Pirondini

The show

From 11 October 2019 to 6 January 2020, the National Galleries of Ancient Art present at Palazzo Bartberini the exhibition "Michelangelo a colori. Marcello Venusti, Lelio Orsi, Marco Pino, Jacopino del Conte", curated by Francesca Parrilla and Massimo Pirondini, with the scientific coordination of Yuri Primarosa.

The exhibition presents a small but precious nucleus of works that attest to the fruitful dialogue between Michelangelo and his followers. Playing on the double representation of the main sacred themes treated by Buonarroti and punctually taken up by different painters, it will be possible to grasp the close link between the works on display, compared for the first time, and the drawings of the great Tuscan artist, exhibited in playback.

The first focus will revolve around the Annunciation by Lelio Orsi, from the Gonzaga museum in Novellara, formerly attributed to Marcello Venusti. The table, characterized by a fascinating collecting history (it had several owners from Cardinal Alessandro D'Este to the famous collector Sebastiano Resta, up to the Duke of Marlborough John Churchill) will be placed next to the Annunciation of Venustis at the Corsini Gallery, considered among the most important evidence of the lost altarpiece that the Lombard painter had painted - starting from a drawing by Michelangelo - for the Cesi chapel of Santa Maria della Pace.

Also from a drawing by Michelangelo, now preserved in the Uffizi, are the two tables of the Oration in the garden by Venusti, made in different periods. By translating the drawings that Buonarroti gave him into painting or obtained through Tommaso de 'Cavalieri - Michelangelo - Venusti' s companion he soon gained a broad consensus, evidenced by the presence of his paintings in the main aristocratic collections of the peninsula and in the chapels noble family of numerous Roman churches (Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and Santa Maria della Pace, just to name a few).

Lashed by counter-reform currents, the theme of the Crucifixion has had an unparalleled fortune. The composition of Venusti is the result of the union of three important drawings by Michelangelo: the living Christ on the cross, today in the British Museum in London, created for the Marchesa Vittoria Colonna, and the two pervaded sheets of mystical inspiration depicting the Madonna and San Giovanni painful at the foot of the cross, kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris.



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