Until 13 February 2011 Galleria Borghese proposes for the first time the Italian public the figure and the works of Lucas Cranach the Elder, exponent, together with Albrecht Durer, German painting of the renewed 1500.
the exhibition is sponsored dalla Soprintendenza Speciale to Historic, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological and for the State Museums of the City of Rome directed by Ross Vodret,, MondoMostre organized by and made possible with support from ENEL and Kinder Ferrero. Cranach. The other Renaissance is curated by Prof. Bernard Aikema, art historian of the greatest scholars of Renaissance art, German and European, and Anna Coliva, Director of the Galleria Borghese.
In the history of, Lucas Cranach (1472‐1553) is perhaps best known as a friend and supporter of Luther, of which he was best man, and with whom he laid the foundations for a 'Protestant iconology. My Cranach, for fifty years court painter Frederick the Wise of Saxony, and at the head of a large and very active studio in the city of Wittenberg, introduced in German painting other subjects, above all new imagery of the nude, dell’erotico, and humanistic themes of portraiture and a particularly effective and innovative. Classical subjects in a new light, “non‐classico”, fascinating, sensual, brightly painted. Cranach is a member of “altro Rinascimento”, different from the classical theorized and practiced by his great contemporary and rival Albrecht Dürer, also different from the Italian Renaissance; is a court artist, but in an innovative way, able to define a formal language of the novel and visually very attractive.
The exhibition aims to give an overall artistic production of the Renaissance painter, court artist and innovator, linked to the Flemish tradition but also contaminated by the new Italian figurative. At the Galleria Borghese will be presented about 45 among the most important works of Cranach, from top European and American public collections - some for the first time outside of their home while ten woodcuts show the incredible virtuosity and inventiveness in the graphic medium of Cranach.
The Roman exhibition will particularly deal with and investigate a question still remained open, or the relationship between Cranach the work of Italian Renaissance art era. While it is clear, one part, the artistic canon of Cranach develops in a fundamentally different, almost antithetical to the standard classical "Italian", you notice the other, an undeniable convergence between the iconographic and semantic performance of some subjects rather than those of Cranach and Italian painters such as Bartolomeo Veneto, Francesco Francia, Bachiacca, Perugino, Vincenzo Catena, Palma il Vecchio, Andrea Solari, Lorenzo Lotto and Jacopo de 'Barbari, his predecessor as court painter to Frederick the Wise. L’incontro “epocale”, took place in Augsburg, In 1550, between Titian, up portraits of Hapsburg, e Cranach, court painter to three successive electors of Saxony, underlines the differences rather than similarities, but calls for further considerations on the concepts of portraiture two masters.
Some examples that illustrate the complex relationships, so to say dialectical, Cranach between Italian painting and the world will be presented in the exhibition, with significant paintings in the collection of the Galleria Borghese and a number of additional works of confrontation will come from other collections both Italy and abroad (Lorenzo Lotto, Cima da Conegliano, Titian).
The exhibition thus offers an overview of the varied artistic activity of Lucas Cranach, with the important news in terms of contextual and critical reading. In this respect, for catalog, as well as curators and 'ensured the collaboration of some of the leading international experts in the field. The structure of the exposure and the catalog but do not follow a chronological and typological theme, which is divided into seven sections: The court artist; The face of the people; The power of women; Faith; The female sensuality; Prints.
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Borghese Gallery and Museum Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5 - Rome
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