Raphael’s exhibition opened in the Pushkin Museum 12/09/2016 automatic translate
MOSCOW. Eight paintings and three drawings of Renaissance genius Raffaello Santi (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, 1483-1520) will be shown at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. The total cost of masterpieces is estimated at almost 500 million euros. The exhibition is organized with the support of the President of Russia and the President of the Italian Republic. The paintings that were brought to Moscow belong to the museums and galleries of Italy, including the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence and Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. Exposition «Raphael. Poetry image «will work from September 13 to December 11 this year.
The organization of the exhibition was fraught with many difficulties: it was necessary to persuade several directors of the world’s largest museums to provide masterpieces from their collections, to find an insurance company. Director of the Pushkin Museum Marina Loshak is sure, without the support of Rosneft, the exhibition could not have taken place. Italian Ambassador to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini also agreed with her: «It will be very difficult to organize a similar exhibition over the next five years. In 2020, 500 years will pass since the death of Raphael and no museum will be able to get these works for their exhibitions. «
In the center of the exhibition - one of the main works of the artist - the famous «Self-portrait» (Autoritratto, 1504-1506) from the collection «Uffizi». According to the Ambassador, Rafael’s visit to Moscow will be one of the most significant cultural events ever organized by the Italian Embassy, and the first major presentation of a brilliant Italian in Russia.
Rafael is one of the most famous artists of the Renaissance. He created a number of exceptional works, including the fresco «The School of Athens» (Scuola di Atene, 1509-1511) from the collection of the Vatican Museum (Musei Vaticani), the Sistine Madonna (Madonna Sistina, 1513-1514) from the Gallery of Old Masters in Dresden Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister), «Transfiguration» (Trasfigurazione, 1518-1520) from the Pinacoteca vaticana, Madonna del Granduca, 1504 from the Galleria Palatina gallery in Palazzo Pitti, Florence, « Madonna del Belvedere (1506) from the collection of the Museum of the History of Art in Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien), «The Marriage of the Virgin, 1504» from Pinakothek Brera (Pinacoteca di Brera), «The Holy Family» (Sacra Famiglia con san Giuseppe imberbe, 1506) from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and so on. D.
The Renaissance was a significant period for the development of the culture of Europe, a period of unprecedented flowering of art. Rafael is one of the titans of that time. Contemporaries called it «divine», and its name became synonymous with an entire epoch. His art embodied the ideals of beauty and harmonious perfection. Significant impact on the work of Raphael has not only to European, but also to Russian art, and this aspect has become one of the main leitmotifs of the exhibition.
Particular attention in the exposition is given to the portrait painting of Raphael. The artist is often called the creator of a new type of portrait of the Renaissance, performed with great realism. In Raphael’s portraits, we see not only the harmonious image of a particular person, but also the generalized one - of the whole epoch. A talented artist and architect, he managed to repeat a number of creative achievements of Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519), especially in portrait work. In particular, under the influence of Leonardo was written «Madonna of Granduca», which became the standard for the work of Raphael. At the exhibition in the Pushkin Museum you can see a preparatory drawing for this painting, partly revealing the artist’s work on it. The largest of the presented is the altar painting Ecstasy of St. Cecilia from the Pinacoteca nazionale di Bologna.
Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased via the Internet, the ticket price is from 200 (for preferential categories) to 500 rubles. Visiting the exposition is organized by sessions, each session - for 45 minutes. The exhibition caused a huge stir among Muscovites, so it’s better to take care of buying tickets in advance.
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