RAFFAELLO versus PICASSO. Stories of eyes, faces and figures.

6 October 2012 - 20 January 2013 | Vicenza - Basilica Palladiana

Curated by Marco Goldin

The story of the portrait combined with the feeling and emotion of the gaze in time is the fascinating subject of this exhibition. A look through about six centuries of art history, from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, and even before, finds its fullest sense and at the same time mysterious, in striking portraits of Fayum, which are presented as "an incomparable texture looks, an initial catalog of eyes that comes from history, and causes us to reflect on the wonderful sense of well-portrait before they reach for example Raphael and Giorgione. Eyes are watching us from their position in the face of the immense, an almost suspended, because without unmentionable name. That does not belong to the life or death, a condition that purgatorial but limbic, which moves us beyond words. Because their is not a close, even though it might look like. They inscribed their own time and their own space, which is the way the space of being. "It is in this" space being "the portrait of the great tradition of figurative painting have shaped the angle of their gaze in eyes, faces and figures belonging to that reality and that area that marked the most time in which they lived.
By religious feeling and the look, which gave rise to the faces and images of a sacred space, with the beautiful Madonnas and moving faces of Christ, caught in the crucial moments of his life, in paintings, among others, Fra 'Angelico, Caravaggio , Mantegna, Bellini, Botticelli, the look meant to represent the social and political sphere, in the portraits of doges and royalty, among others in the paintings of Rubens, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Titian, the faces of people caught in natural their daily lives, especially in the works of Impressionist, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Degas. But before their Giorgione and Raphael, Dürer and Pontormo, just to say a few. Until, at the turn of the twentieth century, the metamorphosis of face and figure made ??by artists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Munch, Kirchner, Nolde, which will lead directly to the great transformation of the twentieth-century painting by Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, Modigliani, up to Giacometti, Balthus, Bacon, Freud, and Wyeth López García.