On March 26th, the 2017-2018 “New Voices” series of conferences will close with a look at wooden sculpture between the 16th and 17th centuries — especially looking at choir stalls and tabernacles in the area of Verbano — during the transition from Mannerism to Baroque. These works will be discussed by Stefano Martinella, who will be presented by Jacopo Stoppa.

To respond to the new norms of the Counter-Reformation regarding church furnishings, there was a flurry of altar and wooden furnishings contracts that were first awarded to artists coming from Milan and then later to local artists. Updating style from the language of Mannerism to that of the Baroque was a continuous process to such an extent that in some cases some pieces were substituted with more then-modern works even only a few decades after their completion. Among the few objects that have survived, those of Bartolomeo Tiberino testify even today to the high skill level of wooden carving during the first half of the 17th century.

March 26, 2018, 6:30 PM
Stefano Martinella
Cori e tabernacoli lignei nel Verbano tra Cinque e Seicento (‘Wooden choir stalls and tabernacles in the Verbano area from the 16th to the 17th centuries’) (in Italian)
Presenter: Jacopo Stoppa

The initiative is supported by the State University of MIlan and was made possible thanks to the support of Cinzia Buccellato, a Friend of the museum.


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