Until May 26th, the National Museum of Belgrade will be hosting some masterpieces by Bernini and of the Roman Baroque. This is one of many initiatives taken by the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute for this year which marks the 140th anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations between Italy and Serbia and the 10th anniversary from the establishment of the strategic partnership between Rome and Belgrade.
The exhibition, "The Bernini School and the Roman Baroque. Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia", collects a precious selection of 55 works from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia, which boasts a collection that is highly representative of the Baroque in Rome, which was the main place of its diffusion, and of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The public will also have the opportunity to admire works by great masters of the Baroque such as Pietro da Cortona, Borgognone, Salvator Rosa, Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Cavalier d'Arpino, Giacinto Gimignani, Mattia Preti, Andrea Pozzo, as well as French and Flemish artists who worked in Rome during that period. In addition to historical, allegorical-religious and mythological paintings, examples of various genres favored by the patrons of the time will also be on display: portraits, landscapes and preparatory sketches for large decorative frescoes.
Professor Francesco Petrucci, curator of Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia who put together the exhibition, presented it with a lecture entitled 'Roman Baroque Art'. The Institute of Culture, in collaboration with the National Museum of Belgrade and with the Serbian Ministry of Culture, retained the services of Glocal Project For the organization of the exhibition.