Curated by: Gianni Papi
From 6 March to 30 June 2020 the National Galleries of Ancient Art present the Orazio Borgianni exhibition 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 in Palazzo Barberini, where two masterpieces by the artist are preserved: the Self-portrait and the Holy Family with St. John, Elizabeth 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 autograph works will be exhibited that outline the historical-artistic story of Borgianni giving an exhaustive 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 meet El Greco.
In his hometown Borgianni remained until his death (1616), coming into contact with Caravaggio. In this decade he executed absolute masterpieces and defined a completely original and innovative style, although it remains clear that he was not indifferent to the naturalistic novelties of Merisi .