Raphael. The Sunshine of the Arts
The exhibition hinges on a number of masterpieces by Raphael that illustrate his prodigious artistic career and present the people he met and the places where he lived. Documenting his earlier years as an artist is a selection of works by the masters who mostly influenced him, namely his father Giovanni Santi, il Perugino, il Pinturicchio and Luca Signorelli.
The exhibition intends to approach Raphael's genius also from an unusual and unexpected side: his creative commitment towards the "applied arts" that transposed his cartoons and drawings and etchings from his works onto various media. In the 16th and 17th century these were the main instruments to disseminate in Italy and in Europe the figurative inventions of the famous artist from Urbino: tapestry, maiolicas, coins, rock crystal, plaques, enamels, glass, armory, engravings.
Participating museums include major Italian and international institutions like the Vatican Museums, Residenzschloss of Dresda, Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna, Victoria and Albert Museum of London, Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo of Brescia, the Uffizi, Galleria Palatina di Palazzo Pitti, Museo Nazionale del Bargello and Palazzo Corsini of Florence, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche of Faenza, Galleria Nazionale delle Marche of Urbino, Musei Civici of Pesaro and Museo di Capodimonte of Naples.
Curated by Gabriele Barucca and Sylvia Ferino, with a scientific committee chaired by Antonio Paolucci.
With the participation of Mondo Mostre and Fondazione per la Cultura Torino
Partner: Intesa San Paolo
With the support of: Compagnia di San Paolo
Under the patronage of the City of Turin and Città Metropolitana di Torino
Rooms of the Arts, 2nd floor
From 26 September 2015 to 24 January 2016