The exhibition presents a rich selection of 52 masterpieces from the Pinacoteca dell’Accademia dei Concordi e del Seminario Vescovile in Rovigo and offers an astonishing overview on the artistic period from the 15th to the 18th century.
The collection belonging to Pinacoteca dei Concordi is the result of the passion for painting of some noble families in Rovigo who, back in the 19th century, gave their home galleries to the academy and to the Seminario Vescovile – the Episcopal Seminary.
Situated between the rivers Adige and Po, this fascinating land saw the cultivated and refined Dukedom Estense succeeded by the supremacy of the Republic of Venice, and here have been safeguarded artworks considered reference points for the Italian history of Arts and cornerstones of the international painting.
Among the masterpieces on display, Santa Lucia e sei storie della sua vita – Saint Lucia and six stories of her life by Quirizio da Murano, the Madonna col Bambino- Madonna with Child by Giovanni Bellini, two oeuvres by Tiziano, Madonna con il Bambino- Madonna with Child and Contadinello – Little Peasant. Also remarkable are the Flagellazione- Flagellation by Palma il Vecchio and the four intense male portraits by Tintoretto. To further enrich the core works from Rinascimento – the Italian Renaissance, there are some precious statements from the Ferrarese and Emiliana Schools: the board showing the fight between David and Goliath by Ippolito Scarsella and the San Gerolamo nel deserto – Saint Jerome in the desert by Domenichino. In the 16th century the Venetian rule is witnessed by the Cena di Pasqua degli Ebrei – Jewish Easter Dinner by Palma il Giovane.
The great Seicento Veneto – the Venetian XVII century – is represented by paintings by Pietro Vecchia, Pietro Bellotti and Bernardo Strozzi.
Settecento, the XVIII century, is the golden age of Venice, here introduced by the Neapolitan painter Luca Giordano, and the masters Giambattista Piazzetta, Giambattista Pittoni, Giuseppe Nogari and Alessandro Longhi.
Landscape art is committed to bright and light colour shades in the Marina by Luca Carlevarijs and to Francesco Zais’ pastoral paintings.
This artistic journey culminates in a rich portrait gallery: from Rosalba Carriera’s refined self portrait and Alessandro Longhi’s ironic picture Conte Giulio Contarini da Mula, to the famous Ritratto di Antonio Riccobono – vigorous, feisty and probably the most intense portrait ever painted by Giambattista Tiepolo.
Finally there is a reference video-interview by the Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi, the curator and exhibition supervisor together with Gabriele Accornero.