Parma- Galleria Nazionale – Camera della Badessa in San Paolo- Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista- Cattedrale september, 20, 2008 – January, 25 2009
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The aim is to repeat the clamorous success of the exhibition of Parmigianino and will remain in history as the most far reaching and complete exhibition ever dedicated to Antonio Allegri, better known as Correggio.
In order to realize this event of international status, the world has waited for years. Recently a new Committee has been set up, the fruits of a combined effort of the institutions of Parma: Commune, Province, Superintendence, University, Diocese, Monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista, with the support of Fondazione Cariparma. All this to pay tribute to one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance: Correggio.
From September 20th to January 25th 2009, in the halls of the Galleria Nazionale in the Palazzo della Pilotta and inside the Teatro Farnese will be concentrated an outstanding collection of the most significant “transportable” works of Correggio existing today from different museums around the world.
A superb exhibition, curated by Lucia Fornari Schianchi, with overall organization by Luca Sommi, which becomes part of a truly touching route taking time to admire – all concentrated in an area of a few hundreds metres around the main exhibition. The three absolute masterpieces of Correggio: the sumptuous sequence of frescos on the Cathedral’s dome, those in the dome of the Monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista and the sublime whole of the Camera della Badessa in San Paolo.
We must stress that it will be possible to reach the top of the domes, thanks to special scaffolding set up for the occasion which will offer the opportunity to appreciate at close range these two extraordinary masterpieces.
In order to better appreciate the historic context into which Correggio operated, there will also be a proposed itinerary to discover the superb works of several masters of The Renaissance; first, the marvellous Camera d’Oro of the Castello di Torrechiara and the Camera di Diana in the Castello di Fontanellato.
In short, a concentration of emotions to bring out the full panorama of the Italian history of art, the great, seducing “painter of light”, who amazed with that unceasing passage from sacred to profane and who inspired many artists up to the baroque era.