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Over 100 works by Guercino and contemporary artists, coming from more than 30 important museums and collections - including the Prado and the Escorial Monastery - to present the great art of the Emilian Master and together tell the story of the profession and life of the painters of seventeenth century, in a fascinating, great fresco of the art system.

From the important nucleus of the Savoy collections to many other refined and monumental masterpieces by Guercino, a surprising exhibition which, among the novelties, for the first time after 400 years, also brings together the cycle of paintings commissioned in Bologna by Alessandro Ludovisi, future Pope Gregory XV.


In a period of great attention and renewed studies on the work and figure of Giovanni Francesco Barbieri known as Guercino (Cento 1591 – Bologna 1666) and in the aftermath of the reopening of the Civic Art Gallery of Cento, the very rich exhibition that the Musei Reali stands out of Turin – with acting Director Mario Turetta, Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture – present in the Chiablese Rooms from 23 March to 28 July 2024, produced by CoopCulture with Villaggio Globale International. A spectacular and highly original event curated by Annamaria Bava of the Royal Museums and Gelsomina Spione of the University of Turin, with a prestigious scientific committee, whose participants include: Daniele Benati, David García Cueto, Barbara Ghelfi, Francesco Gonzales, Fausto Gozzi, Alessandro Morandotti, Raffaella Morselli, Sofia Villano.

At the center of the exhibition is the profession of the painter in the seventeenth century exemplified on the figure of one of the major protagonists of the artistic scene of the time. By retracing themes and aspects that span the entire career of the Master, thanks to leading masterpieces, the exhibition intends to give a more general account of the painter's profession at that time: the challenges of the trade, the production systems, the organization of the workshop , the dynamics of the market and clients, the most requested subjects.

Starting from the significant nucleus of paintings and drawings belonging to the collections of the Sabauda Gallery and the Royal Library, over one hundred works by the Emilian Master and contemporary artists such as the Carracci, Guido Reni and Domenichino - coming from more than 30 important museums and collections, including the Prado Museum in Madrid and the Monastery of San Lorenzo in El Escorial - will give life to a great fresco of the art system in the seventeenth century, guided by the talent of that "monster of nature and miracle to amaze" that was Guercino, according to the definition given by Ludovico Carracci, impressed by his talent.

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