What is the purpose of exhibitions? To lengthen the CV of the curators, or to offer opportunities for in-depth study for everyone, from scholars to simple enthusiasts?
In the case of the exhibition “La Strage degli Innocenti. Manifesto of Raphaelism by Guido Reni “, inaugurated on January 13th and open until February 18th in Aosta, there are no doubts.
The exhibition, organized thanks to the synergy between the Polo Museale of Emilia Romagna and the Department of Culture of the Autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta, has as educational goal, as stated by Superintendent Mario Scalini, in the highest sense of the term.
In addition to the possibility of admiring absolute masterpieces, a study of the implicit and explicit sources used by Guido Reni is proposed, as readable in the artist’s masterpiece and in direct comparison with other works exhibited. A few works, but well explained.
In order to better understand and illustrate Guido’s Raphaelism, a work by Raphael is exhibited (for the first time!): “La Perla di Modena”, accompanied by the diagnostic analyses carried out by Art-Test.
The small tablet, discovered in 2010 in the deposits of the Galleria Estense of Modena, was investigated usingscientific methods, and the results were compared with those of other works by the artist and those related to the Madonna of the Pearl in Madrid. All this is presented with great clarity and objectivity.
If you can not go to Aosta, here is the text of the “Journal of Exhibition”.
Against exhibitions, therefore, as Montanari writes? Absolutely not. And if you go to Aosta, let us know.