Tuscany gave birth (Vicchio di Mugello 1267 – Florence 133), but Giotto – the painter who made a full-fledged revolution in painting at the time – you can really consider universal artist and thefather of Italian art, which made modern, abandoning the Byzantine style and rediscovering the models of classical and Roman times.
Innovated painting, giving his personal style of each altar table and fresco. Called cardinals, religious orders and bankers to express their original artistic point of view, in different cities of the peninsula, Giotto did with painting what another Tuscan doc, Dante Alighieri, made with the Italian language, creating a style imposed as a fad, faithfully reproduced by his many disciples, though, he only managed to reach the top unreachable.He had the ability to influence schools and local artists, changing the face of the Italian figurative language.
To better understand this fascinating artistic journey, we recommend theexhibition “Giotto. Italy “, inaugurated in recent days at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, on the occasion of Expo 2015.
After the great exhibition dedicated to the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci, this new exhibition -they collaborated Superintendents, Italian and foreign museums and religious institutions that preserve works of Giotto – boasts of 13 masterpieces, never gathered all together, visible up to January 16, 2016 in Milan.
The works on display – mostly on wood – highlight the route taken by the artist through Italy of his time in forty years of extraordinary activity.
The first rooms of the exhibition shows the early works, those created between Florence and Assisi. Then they have documented the stage Padua and Roman, which culminates in Stefaneschi Triptych, the masterpiece painted for the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica.
The exhibition ends with the paintings of the final phase of the career of the master: the Altarpiece of Bologna and the polyptych Baroncelli Chapel of Santa Croce in Florence, which, for the occasion, has been reunited with its spire, which is kept in the museum San Diego, California.
Through the use of technology, the exhibition is completed by the emotional experience of the close-up view of the murals that realized Giotto in the Peruzzi Chapel of Santa Croce, ruined by later paintings and bad restorations.
The exhibition testifies to the passage of Giotto, called by the Visconti, in Milan and in different places of Lombardy. The project for the exhibition covers just the halls of the Royal Palace where Giotto performed his last work, unfortunately lost: the frescoes in the Palace of Azzone Visconti.
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