The exhibition “The rediscovery of a masterpiece” should have closed on Sunday 10 January with the recomposition of the Griffoni Polyptych by Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de ‘Roberti, a lost Renaissance masterpiece brought back to Bologna, at Palazzo Fava, 300 years after its dismemberment.
But “Genus Bononiae. Museums in the City” announced that the sixteen tables will not return to the nine owner museums, as they have granted a further extension to the loans, renewed until February 15. We therefore expect to know at a national level the fate of the reopening of museums and, at a regional level, to understand in which risk range Emilia-Romagna will be evaluated.
“The rediscovery of a masterpiece” is an extraordinary exhibition, a completely exceptional event because it brings back to the city one of the most important and original works of the Italian Renaissance: the Griffoni Polyptych by Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de ‘Roberti.
The exhibition was born from a simple and ambitious idea: to bring together, in the city of origin, the 16 tables that made up one of the most significant masterpieces of the artistic culture of its time, thanks to the exceptional loans of all the proprietary museums: National Gallery of London, Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Louvre in Paris, National Gallery of Art in Washington, Cagnola Collection in Gazzada (Va), Vatican Museums, Pinacoteca Nazionale in Ferrara, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Vittorio Cini Collection in Venice.
The exhibition consists of two sections: the first, “The Griffoni Polyptych is reborn in Bologna”, curated by Mauro Natale in collaboration with Cecilia Cavalca and with the support of the Basilica of San Petronio, focuses on the altarpiece and its context artistic historian; the second, “The Materiality of the Aura. New Technologies for Protection “, curated by Adam Lowe, Guendalina Damone and the Factum Foundation team, is dedicated to the importance of new technologies in the protection and sharing of cultural heritage.
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