This year’s protagonist of the usual appointment with Ospite illustre will be the painting Madonna and Child, known as Madonna of Alzano, from the Carrara Academy of Bergamo. It is an exceptional loan because the painting, for its extraordinary quality, has left its seat only on very rare occasions.
The group portrayed focuses on the intense and premonitory dialogue between the two characters and leaves the viewer pure contemplation.
The painting dates back to around 1487, in the central years of Bellini’s production, when the painter employed a soft and transparent style, made in the complexion of very light veils spread with small liquid touches. Among the various versions of the theme, this image of Madonna and Child has a clear and quiet tone, enhanced by the effects of light and the clear landscape in the background, rendered with such meticulousness as to recall Flemish painting. From the intense and sweet gaze of the Virgin there is no veil of melancholy sadness present in other paintings with a similar subject.
The presence of the painting in Turin is closely linked to the exhibition dedicated to Mantegna at Palazzo Madama and enriches the context characterizing the family and the artistic ties between the two masters.
The exhibition, hosted by Spazio Trentacinque, is intended to be Intesa Sanpaolo’ gift for the city of Turin on the occasion of Christmas celebrations.
Exhibition period: 20 December 2019 – 6 January 2010 (25 December closed)
(*) Friday 20 December 2019 opening at 4 pm.
Entrance is free but advanced reservation is required and available on this website from next Monday 9 December.