A one-of-a-kind experience has been made possible by an agreement between the Region of Lombardy and the Uffizi Gallery of Florence.
The Region of Lombardy has agreed to lend its panel by Antonello da Messina featuring St. Benedict to the Uffizi so that the important triptych by this renowned artist may be reassembled. In preview, the newly reassembled triptych is on display at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum together with the precious Madonna and Child with Angel by Vincenzo Foppa, a famous Lombard artist, which as part of the agreement has been lent to the Region of Lombardy by the Uffizi for fifteen years. After the exhibit at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is over, the Foppa will finish its sojourn in Milan at the painting gallery of the Sforza Castle museum.
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum exhibit begins with Piero della Francesca, a painter whose influence on Italian art is uncontested, and whose work is the indispensable premise for the figurative paths of Antonello da Messina and Vincenzo Foppa. Della Francesca is represented by a pair of panels depicting the Annunciation; once belonging to a Misericordia charity, the panels now belong to the Museo Civico di Sansepolcro. This important loan synthesizes the formal achievements of the artist, his great revolution: the definition of space and volume through a knowledgeable use of light and a similarly perspicacious use of geometry in the composition. These panels will introduce the visitors to the works of Antonello and Foppa on display in which these same principals are applied with expert virtuosity.
Thanks to the exhibit design projected by the Lissoni Associati group, for the event a new versatile multi-functional exhibit and meeting space will be mounted in the museum. The exhibition also enjoys the technical sponsorship of FLOS.
The exhibit is accompanied by a catalogue published in Italian by Skira and edited by Antonio Natali and Tommaso Mozzati that contains texts by Andrea Baldinotti, Carlo Cairati, Daniela Parenti, Francesco Piagnani, and Vittorio Sgarbi.
Rinascimento. Il trittico di Antonello da Messina ricomposto (Renaissance. The Triptych of Antonello da Messina Reassembled)
Information in the museum is available in English.
June 25 – October 28, 2015
Exhibit and museum hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, 1:00 – 5:45 PM
Last entrance: 5:15 PM
Closed Mondays and August 15