22 October 2004 - 20 March 2005 | Brescia, Museo di Santa Giulia
curated by Vincent Pomarde and Jean Haber
Directly from the Hall of States - currently closed for renovations - the Louvre Museum in Paris, which houses the "Mona Lisa" of Leonardo, ten masterpieces of Italian painting of the sixteenth century arrived in the exhibition of the Museum of Santa Giulia in Brescia. The exhibition, curated by Vincent Pomarède and Jean Habert, investigates the sixteenth-century Venetian art through two different genres of painting: portraits and religious subjects. The exception is a single work of mythological, "Judith beheading Holofernes", a masterpiece by Palma il Giovane. Portraiture reaches its apex of modernity in '"Self Portrait" by Tintoretto, dated to 1588, when the painter was already very old. In this image contrasts with the boldness of youth "Francis I, King of France," with great pride portrait by Titian. Stand out, also, the "Portrait of a cleric", an excellent example of a psychological portrait of Giambattista Moroni, and "Portrait of a woman with a baby and a dog" by Veronese.For the painting of religious subjects are included in the exhibition two magnificent masterpieces: "The Calvary" (1580-1588), painted by Paolo Veronese with a capacity of innovation composition only for the period, and the "Madonna and Child with St. Catherine" called "the Madonna of the rabbit" (1520-1530), the young Titian, in which the beautiful virgin has portrayed the features of Cecilia, the beautiful wife of the painter.
In addition to the great writers of the sixteenth century Venetian, visitors can admire the works of lesser known artists who participate in the extraordinary cultural milieu of the Renaissance: the case of Francesco Bassano the Younger in "The Road to Calvary," Gianfrancesco Caroto with "The rest on the Flight into Egypt, "and John Cariani with a" Madonna and Child with St. Sebastian, "to name just a few.