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Exhibition November 27, 2019 − March 1, 2020

Pietro Aretino and Renaissance art

About a hundred paintings, sculptures, samples of applied art, tapestries, miniatures and printed books recreate the world of Pietro Aretino (1492–1556), a great thinker of the 16th century.

His portrait in the Palatine Gallery is one of Titian’s masterpieces, known for his portraits of popes and emperors.

Pietro Aretino lived and created his works at a key moment for Italian history and art: the era when Michelangelo and Raphael defeated in Rome, and the spread throughout Europe of a culture that developed against the backdrop of the pomp and splendor of the court of Pope Julius II, Leo X and Clement VII in the first three decades of the XVI century. In short, Aretino lived in the heart of the “modern image” to use the term coined by Giorgio Vasari in his “Life of Artists”, published in 1550 and 1568.

Exhibitiondivided into five sections illustrating the main events in the Life of Aretino and the sequence of scenarios ranged from his early days in Arezzo and Perugia to his arrival at the papal court in Rome and his move to northern Italy, first to Mantua and finally to Venice.