|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Monday, October 22, 2018
|Exhibition offers a fascinating journey into the uniqueness of Galileo|
Galileo Galilei, Osservazioni della luna.
PADUA.- Nothing was ever the same again after Galileo. Not only in terms of astronomical research and science, but in art as well. With him, the sky became the realm of astronomers rather than astrologists.
For the first time ever, the exhibition conceived by Giovanni C.F. Villa for the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo (Padua, Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, 18th November 2017 18th March 2018) relates the role of one of the leading characters of the Italian and European myth, outlining his figure in full. This art show, completely original in nature, brings together masterpieces of Western art and a variety of papers and artefacts that take us on a journey of discovery of a man that everyone has heard of, but few really know.
The exhibition reveals multiple facets of the man Galileo: from the scientist who invented the scientific method to the man of letters extolled by Italian authors and critics such as Foscolo and Leopardi, Pirandello and Ungaretti, De Sanctis and Calvino. From Galileo the virtuoso musician and performer to Galileo the artist, depicted by Erwin Panofsky as one of the leading art critics of the 1600s. From Galileo the entrepreneur renowned for his telescope, he also designed a type of microscope (occhiolino) and compass to Galileo in his everyday life. For the man proved just as extraordinary in his small vices and weaknesses as in his powerful intuition and scientific genius. Amongst other things: his studies in the field of viticulture and great love of the wine produced on the Euganean Hills indeed, preferring to trade his precision instruments with the best of wines rather than to accept filthy lucre or his production and sale of medicinal pills.
In order to supply The Galileo Revolution with documentary evidence, Giovanni C.F. Villa has brought an impressive amount of artwork to Palazzo del Monte di Pietà in Padua, starting from Galileos own magnificent watercolours and sketches, which showcase his great drawing ability. After all, the scientist was a keen observer of art, as shown by his salacious comments ranging from wood intarsias (lacking in softness and made of sticks) to Arcimboldo, author of vagaries characterised by a blurry and chaotic medley of lines and colours. The influence brought to bear by Galileos achievements, not to mention by modern science, on artistic culture has been recognisable since the early 1600s: from detailed depictions of nature, as attested by the stunning works by Govaerts and the Brueghel family, to a style of painting that instantly accepted the enormous impact of Galileos machines.
We can see the immediate effect of Galileos Sidereus Nuncius, published in 1610, in Adam Elsheimers famous Flight into Egypt, the first rendering of the Milky Way. And later, in a series of artists capable of depicting the moon as it appeared with the telescope; indeed, a major section of the exhibit is devoted to the discovery of the moon, from Galileo all the way down to modern times. Even the genre of the still life develops new compositional formulas, as vanitas symbols are replaced by documentary portrayals linked to the development of natural science. Followed by an iconographic story told by a series of masterpieces, amongst which Guercinos painting devoted to the myth of Endymion stands out, alongside one of the earliest portrayals of the spyglass improved by the scientist from Pisa. The 1620s and 1630s saw the advent of a Galilean bottega or studio; that is, a generation of artists (Artemisia Gentileschi, Jacopo da Empoli, Stefano della Bella, etc.) able to share in the suggestions arising from the scientists precepts. For instance, Donato Cretis Astronomical Observations, now housed in the Vatican Museums: a series of magnificent canvases depicting stars and planets as observed with a telescope, recalling Galileos discoveries.
Giovanni C.F. Villa also takes visitors within the 19th-century building of the Galilean myth. The Tribune of Galileo a stunning ambience conceived as an iconographic synthesis of experimental science from Leonardo to Galileo and built in Palazzo Torrigiani by order of Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine was completed in 1841. After the key Florentine episode of Santa Croce, immortalized by Ugo Foscolo in his Dei Sepolcri, the 1800s became the century of monuments dedicated to Galileo. Thus Pisa, Rome and the Uffizi Loggia in Florence... all the way up to the thirty-sixth statue representing great Paduans in Prato della Valle. Firmly establishing the myth of Galileo alongside that of Dante Alighieri, as the scientist-cum-humanist able to set in motion an epoch-making revolution for humanity as a whole, widely reflected in art.
Finally, the exhibits vast section devoted to contemporary art ranges from Previati and Balla to Anish Kapoor, who contributed the opening artwork.
Thus, seven centuries of Western art interweave with science, technology and Galilean hagiography to fully restore the human path of Galileo in the city Padua that saw him play a leading role for 18 years. Fondly remembered by the scientist as the happiest in his life due to the freedom granted to him by the Paduan Studio which, at the time, represented the pinnacle of European culture. And indeed, as announced by Rector Professor Rosario Rizzuto, the Università degli Studi di Padova itself has drawn up a programme of activities, meetings and in-depth study on the figure of one of the colleges greatest teachers and Masters of all time to coincide with the exhibition.
November 28, 2017
The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens major David Hockney retrospective
Grand Palais offers an exceptional journey into Paul Gauguin's fascinating creative process
Monet's glasses sold for over $50,000 in Hong Kong
Exhibition offers a fascinating journey into the uniqueness of Galileo
Small exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum showcases work by Girolamo da Treviso
Picasso's erotic etchings sell for nearly 2 million euros
Latin American Art Sale by Morton Subastas coming up on November 30 in Mexico City
August Uribe rejoins Sotheby's as Vice Chairman, Americas
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens the most comprehensive and extensive show to date of Arnulf Rainer's early work
Solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Brian Fahlstrom on view at Marlborough Contemporary
Petzel Gallery opens a group exhibition featuring works by seven artists at Nanzuka in Tokyo
Major sculpture by leading 20th-Century artist acquired by Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Kim Foster Gallery opens exhibition of works by Susan Wides
Christie's Important Russian Art Auction achieved £13,278,500 in total
Elite treasures from Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and more featured in Heritage Auctions sale
Washington, Lincoln, JFK, Reagan memorabilia at University Archives auction, December 6th
A rare pink-purple diamond ring by Cindy Chao is top lot at Bonhams Rare Jewels and Jadeite Sale
Kallos Gallery exhibits works from the Grand Tour period to today
French art highlights Heritage's European Art Auction December 8
Masterwork by ceramist Peter Voulkos to lead Phillips' December Design Auctions
The Electric Comma: V-A-C Foundation opens a group exhibition at Palazzo delle Zattere
Different strokes: Taiwan's creative campaign for traditional characters
NGV commences installation of spectacular 18m long work by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Zhen
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- The Mummy poised to reclaim its title as the world's most expensive film poster
2.- Money museum showcases 1943 Cent valued at $1 million
3.- Is Robin Cunningham the Mysterious and Unknown Grafitti Artist Banksy?
4.- Freeman's autumn jewelry auction set to dazzle
5.- Phoenix Art Museum presents never-before-seen artifacts from Teotihuacan
6.- Sotheby's breaks auction record for any bottle of wine twice in one sale
7.- Buyer of shredded Banksy work goes through with deal
8.- The Frick Pittsburgh opens a major exhibition of works by Isabelle de Borchgrave
9.- Prime Minister Mark Rutte gives a history lesson in the Rijksmuseum
10.- Paris finds spot for controversial Jeff Koons tribute
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.