rom July 1st, 2017 to January 7th, 2018 Fort of Bard will hosts the exhibition named The masterpieces of San Luca National Academy. From Raffaello to Balla. The exhibition event was born from the collaboration between Fort of Bard Association and San Luca National Academy, one of the oldest and most important Italian, cultural institutions dealing with art both from the national and the international side. Thanks to the exhibition in Fort of Bard, it is lent a large and representative selection of the precious Academy collection, going back to the seventeenth century. This mainly depends thanks to the gifts and legacies of academics or through private collectors and competitions banned by the Academy itself.
More than one hundred (115 for precision) works of art on display – oil on canvas, plates, bronzes, crockery and plaster – of considerable historical and artistic interest, dating back to the 15th to 20th centuries with a particularly conspicuous core of paintings and sculptures from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. For the first time such a rich corpus of works of art owned by the Academy leaves the prestigious Palazzo Carpegna Roman seat to travel to the north, allowing Fort of Bard visitors discovering part of a cultural and exceptional heritage.
The exhibition is hosted in the ‘Cannoniere’ – the most prestigious exhibition area in Fort of Bard, equipped with climatological and lighting technology suitable for the reception of works of art – and it follows a chronological trend, imprinted in seven large rooms. The path starts from the most precious work of the exhibition, a fresco depicting a putto, painted by Raffaello Sanzio. Along with Raffaello, works from Agnolo Bronzino, Giambologna, Jacopo da Bassano and Palma il Giovane present the two most influential Renaissance centers in the peninsula, Tuscany and Veneto.
The seventeenth century is descrived through works by Guido Reni, Guercino and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, of which is presented the terracotta model for the ‘Lion’ of the Fountain of the Four Rivers.