The first exhibition in Arezzo of the “Terre degli Uffizi” exhibition program of the Uffizi Galleries and Fondazione Cr Firenze is entitled “Pietro Benvenuti in the age of Canova. Paintings and drawings from public and private collections”, fifth this year within their respective projects “Uffizi Diffusi” and “Piccoli Grandi Musei”. The exhibition project curated by Liletta Fornasari presents works by Pietro Benvenuti from his training to the years of academic success and investiture as an “imperial painter”, sought after by illustrious clients. organized and promoted by the Ivan Bruschi Foundation, part of the Intesa Sanpaolo cultural heritage, it is set up from 17 June to 23 October at the Ivan Bruschi Antiques House Museum and wants to commemorate the Arezzo painter Pietro Benvenuti on the occasion of the second centenary of the death of Antonio Canova , one of the protagonists of the international scene, also thanks to the network of academic institutions he presides over and the avu relations For the Cathedral of Arezzo, Benvenuti painted the Martyrdom of San Donato in 1794 and, in 1804, a monumental Judith showing the head of Holofernes to the people of Betulia, a masterful debut in the genre of history painting. a sequel in La morte di Priamo, executed in 1811 for Prince Corsini, and in the Napoleonic splendors celebrated in the large canvases with Elisa Baciocchi among the artists (1813) and The Sassoni’s oath to Napoleon (1812). Thanks to public and private loans, including some works from the Uffizi Galleries, the exhibition follows the story of those important enterprises through sketches and preparatory drawings, illustrating Benvenuti’s career from the years of academic success to those of the elegant portraits, of which There is a significant selection on display. These also include two works from the Intesa Sanpaolo collection, present for years in the exhibition itinerary of the Ivan Bruschi Antiques House Museum: Portrait of Teresa Mozzi del Garbo with her son from 1817 and Portrait of Antonio Capacci from 1818. after the return of the Lorraine Grand Duke, for whom he will set up the monumental pictorial cycles of the Sala d’Ercole in Palazzo Pitti (1817-1819) and the ceiling of the Chapel of the Princes (1828-1836), works of considerable commitment – these too documented in exhibition of preparatory drawings and sketches – which demonstrate the evolution of the artist’s style towards a classicism in which naturalistic suggestions can be seen, which herald romantic culture – to mark the stages of this adhesion to the new climate, nourished by the young generation of students of the Academy, the exhibition displays the Meeting of Corso Donati and Piccarda (1838-1840), where Benvenuti shows to welcome the neo-Gothic novelties. i Salvadori, president of the Cr Firenze Foundation, declared: “For this fifth stage of the ‘Terre degli Uffizi’ project we are pleased to have as a travel companion a partner of the highest level which is Intesa Sanpaolo to which the Cr Firenze Foundation is strongly linked for the many initiatives that we have conducted and are carrying out together, also in the fields of culture and art, both in Florence and in the reference territories such as Grosseto and Arezzo. On this occasion we rediscover the first painter of the nineteenth century from Tuscany and Arezzo and the undisputed protagonist of the international scene, perhaps not adequately valued as Pietro Benvenuti. The recognition it receives now, thanks to the Ivan Bruschi House Museum, also has the value of compensation from critics and its many admirers as well as from the city of Petrarch and Vasari ‘”.” The initiative of’ Terre degli Uffizi ‘ in Arezzo opens when the first major monographic exhibition dedicated to Giuseppe Bezzuoli, who was a student of Benvenuti and who succeeded him as professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1844, has just ended in Florence in Palazzo Pitti. throws a new light on Tuscan art of the nineteenth century, hitherto the prerogative of specialized studies and less known to the general public – added Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Galleries – In reality the works illustrate not only the very high quality of these artists, often even ahead of their more celebrated European colleagues, but also their openness to stimuli and news “. Luca Benvenuti, president of the Ivan Bruschi Foundation, comme ntato: “Twenty years have passed since the Ivan Bruschi House Museum opened to the public and we have decided to celebrate this significant anniversary with an exhibition of national caliber which, in the year in which we became part of the cultural heritage of Intesa Sanpaolo , has the ambition to open up to the general public. Pietro Benvenuti in the age of Canova, represents for our Foundation an exhibition in which synergies of great prestige are intertwined with the protagonists in the artistic and cultural enhancement of our country and also at an international level such as the Uffizi Galleries and the Cr Firenze Foundation . A choice born from the desire to restore value to citizens, tourists and scholars in a place where an intense cultural and educational activity takes place, always open to dialogue with society “. Michele Coppola, Executive Director of Art Culture and Historical Heritage of Intesa Sanpaolo concluded: “Intesa Sanpaolo is pleased to work with the Ivan Bruschi Foundation for the enhancement of the art collections and initiatives hosted in the beautiful Arezzo House Museum. The presence of this prestigious reality in the cultural heritage of the Group allows us to strengthen our bond with the territory and with the main institutions that operate there, as on the occasion of the exhibition that is inaugurated today, the result of the synergy with the Uffizi Galleries and the Cr Firenze Foundation. . The Bank confirms its role and commitment in favor of important cultural projects that promote the great artistic wealth and beauty preserved in every Italian city “.
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