he exhibition, curated by Ferdinando Bologna and Federico De Melis (with the assistance of Maria Calì and Simone Facchinetti), offers a complex investigation and an original overview of the artist and his times, through the study of the art-historical links and airing of controversies that remain open to this day, proposed here as points of strength through which to explore new avenues in critical interpretation.
The exhibition offers not only insights into chronological details, an analysis of his collaborations, similarities and differences, imitators and masters, but concentrates also on a profound study of the poetic intelligence of an artist who succeeded in capturing the psychological overtones and most intimate characteristics of the human soul.
The exhibition has been made possible thanks to previous and generous collaborations with leading national and international institutions like the Museums of Sicily, the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the Musei Civici di Venezia, the Fundación Colección Thyssen Bornemisza of Madrid, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Metropolitan Museum of New York. The National Gallery of Washington, for example, will be depriving itself of two major works from its permanent collection for the entire duration of the exhibition in Rovereto.
Also on show will be some works not present in the recent retrospectives dedicated to Antonello da Messina, including the “Portrait of a man” from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the “Salvator Mundi” from the National Gallery in London and the “Madonna Benson” from the National Gallery of Washington.
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Curated by Ferdinando Bologna and Federico De Melis