The Renaissance in Rome. A token to Michelangelo and Raphael25 October 2011 – 12 February 2012 The exhibition entitled “The Renaissance in Rome” investigates for the first time the artistic, architectural and town planning aspects of the XVI century in Rome.
Curated by Maria Grazia Bernardini and Marco Bussagli, the exhibition is divided into seven sections which document the sixteenth century’s artistic course through the transition from the extraordinary and superb masterly skill of the High Renaissance, still imbued with classical culture, to an art strongly influenced by a new and enthralling religious spirituality.
The exhibition shows masterpieces such as the ‘self-portrait’ and the portrait of ‘Fedra Inghirami’ by Raphael which have both been exceptionally lent by the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Michelangelo’s ‘David-Apollo’ from the Bargello National Museum, the ‘Portrait of Cardinal Reginald Pole from the Hermitage and many others by artists such as Perin del Vaga and Francesco Salviati.
Fondazione Roma has restored several important works for the occasion, amongst which the Michelangelesque Pietà from Buffalo, U.S.A. (actually attributed to Michelangelo by some experts) which is actually exhibited.
The exhibition also shows completely unpublished educational apparatus such as a three dimensional reconstruction of the Sistine chapel and Raphael’s Loggia di Psyche.