The Polyptych of St. John the Baptist returns home after being in restoration for a year. Its return is being celebrated by the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum with a compact exhibit, curated by Chiara Paratico, who analyzed this work as intense as it remains partly a mystery. The exhibit is accompanied by information in English.
Realized in 1493 by Giovanni Marinoni and his sons Bernardino and Antonio, this polyptych is the only signed and dated piece that has come down to us from the Marinoni workshop. Visible in the exhibit until the 2nd of October, the polyptych then will be returned to its original place in the house where the brothers wished it to be seen: over the main landing of the monumental stairway on the via Santo Spirito side of the mansion. In the temporary exhibit, the polyptych is accompanied by a touch screen with a video available in English or Italian that helps the viewer put the piece in context, and to know better the wide-ranging activities of the Marinoni in the territory around Bergamo.
For five generations, the Marinoni were a dynasty of painters originally from Desenzano al Serio who flooded the areas around Bergamo with polyptychs, frescoes and altarpieces, dominating the artistic production, there. To discover this enormous artistic production, a detailed map of the Val Seriana, Val Brembana and the plains areas around Bergamo will be given free-of-charge to the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum visitors. Following its pathways throughout these areas will allow the visitors to see all the Marinoni works still present in these territories.
Together with support from the Region of Lombardy, the technical support (project creation) of Lissoni Associati made this exhibit possible.
During the summer months of July and September, the museum and the exhibit will be open on Thursdays exceptionally until 8:30 P.M. At 7 P.M., it will be possible to participate in a free guided visit (in Italian, reservations required), included in the cost of the entrance fee.
In honor of the exhibit, The Marinoni, a Family Affair: the Polyptych of St. John the Baptist of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, a partnership has been formed with the exhibit In the Sign of the Renaissance. Pietro Bussolo, Sculptor in Bergamo, at the Palazzo della Ragione (Bergamo Alta): from the 16th of June until the 10th of July, those who visit one of the exhibits will be eligible, upon presentation of that used ticket, for a reduced entrance fee for the other.
A Family Affair.
The Marinoni and the Polyptych of St. John the Baptist
June 16 – October 2, 2016
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
via Gesù 5 – 20121 Milan
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