A TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT SCULPTOR WHO LIVED 10 YEARS IN PADUA.
Donatello lived in Padua from 1443 al 1453, in a period in which Padua was one of the main cities of Renaissance, which influenced his style according to a rude naturalism marked by a late-gothic element. This year Padua honors this important moment of its artistic history with a series of exhibitions in four different places up to July 28th.
DONATELLO AND HIS LESSON
Sculpures and Goldworkings in Padua between 15th and 16th centuries
Padua, Museo Eremitani and Palazzo Zuckermann
Padua, Museo Diocesano
A TRIBUTE TO DONATELLO
Mario Pinton International Award
Padua, Oratorio di San Rocco
From May 9t to June 26th
In the exhibition at Musei Civici, the lesson of the Maestro revives in an extraordinary path that starting from his masterpieces leads to the discovery of precious bronze and terracotta sculptures realized by all the artists who went on developing Donatello’s revolution in Padua.
The very high-level quality testimonies reached by Bartolomeo Bellano, Andrea Briosco known as the Riccio and Severo da Ravenna have been collected for the first time in Eremitani, and the influence of the new Renaissance language given to sacred jewelry shines in the nearby Palazzo Zuckermann, where the exhibition continues with the wonderful artifacts Tesoro del Santo.
Donatello unveiled. Masterpieces compared.
Believer or not, it will be hard not to be touched in front of the three Crucifixes exhibited in “Donatello unveiled. Masterpieces compared”, in Museo Diocesano from March 28th to June 26th, thanks to Diocesi of Padua.
The word “unveiled” is no coincidence, the focus of the exhibition is the Crucefix of the ancient church of Santa Maria dei Servi in Padua, recently officially attributed to Donatello.
Unveiled in the attribution but in the substance as well because the wooden sculpture looked like a bronze due to a thick coat of repainting, until the restoration required by the Regional Director for Cultural and Landscapes Heritage of Veneto Ugo Soragni and managed by the Soprintendenza for historical, artistic and ethno-anthropologic Heritage of the provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua and Treviso and with the cooperation of the Authority for historical, artistic and ethno-antropologic Heritage of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Under the direction of Elisabetta Francescutti and thanks to the cures of the restorators Angelo Pizzolongo and Catia Michielan, the great Crucifix has risen in all its extraordinary finesse of the carving and originary colour.
The exhibition, hosted at the Salon of Bishops, offers the chance to admire together for the first time the three great Crucifixes realized by Donatello during his life: the one realized for the church of Santa Croce in Florence (1406-1408), object of a famous competition with the antagonist Filippo Brunelleschi, narrated by Giorgio Vasari in his Lives, the Crucifix of Servi and the bronze one in Basilica di Sant’Antonio, in Padua (1443-1449).
Thanks to this unique opportunity we can admire the three masterpieces and reading through them the path of the artist from his young age to his maturity, and we can face the fulcrum of the christian message in the interpretation given by such a great artist of Renaissance, during his life.