Curated by: Gianni Papi
From 6 March to 30 June 2020, the National Galleries of Ancient Art present the exhibition Orazio Borgianni in the Palazzo Barberini. A restless genius in Caravaggio's Rome, curated by Gianni Papi.
The first monographic exhibition dedicated to Orazio Borgianni (Rome, 1574 - 1616) takes place significantly at Palazzo Barberini, where two masterpieces of the artist are preserved, the Self-portrait and the Holy Family with San Giovannino, Sant'Elisabetta and an angel, together with one of the richest and most important nuclei of Caravaggesque paintings in the world.
In the first part of the exhibition 18 autographed works will be exhibited that outline the historical-artistic story of Borgianni giving a comprehensive portrait of his activity in Rome. Here the painter returned in 1605, after spending a few years in Spain, where he had the opportunity to get to know El Greco.
In his hometown Borgianni remained until his death (1616), coming into contact with Caravaggio. In this decade he performed absolute masterpieces and defined a completely original and innovative style, although it remains clear how he did not remain indifferent to the naturalistic novelties of Merisi.