A riveder le stelle (To see the stars again)

To See the Stars Again. At the Museo Eremitani in Padua with Dante, Giotto and the protagonists of Italian figuration

Sergio Padovani, La Cupa Gioia o pala dei peccatori, 2020, oil, bitumen and resin on altarpiece, 100×120 cm

At the Museo Eremitani in Padua, the exhibition A riveder le stelle (To see the stars again), promoted by the Department of Culture of the City of Padua in collaboration with “The Bank Contemporary Art Collection”, will be on display until October 30, 2022.
Curated by Barbara Codogno, the exhibition brings together about forty works of large dimensions, some of which were created for the occasion, all from the Bassano collection, which has called together the most celebrated names in Italian figurative art, with the addition of an international cameo.
Through contemporary Italian figurative art, a tribute is paid to two pillars of fourteenth-century culture – Giotto and Dante – who revolutionized their time, ferrying painting and prose into the future.
The maximum point of connection between the two medieval authors are the stars: Giotto’s stars, now an icon of the Scrovegni Chapel, which seal its splendid vault, and those invoked by Dante in the last verse of the Inferno, when with Virgil, after overcoming the darkness, the Poet contemplates the starry sky, an omen of the new path of light and hope.

Giovanni Gasparro, Laban looking for idols in Jacob’s trunk, 2013, oil on canvas, cm 119×151

The atmospheres narrated by Giotto and Dante are evoked by the works of Agostino Arrivabene, Saturno Buttò, Marco Fantini, Sergio Fiorentino, Giovanni Gasparro, Alfio Giurato, Federico Guida, Maurizio L’Altrella, Paolo Maggis, Vittorio Marella, Nicola Nannini, Sergio Padovani, Alessandro Papetti, Luca Pignatelli, Desiderio Sanzi, Chiara Sorgato, Nicola Verlato and Santiago Ydanez, exhibited in the temporary exhibition rooms of the Museo Eremitani, which have just been restructured with new exhibition design choices.

Saturno Buttò, Portrait of Angela, 2016, oil on panel, cm 60×60

The exhibition is divided into sections with cross-references to details of the frescoes of the Scrovegni Chapel, according to a curatorial perspective that – explains Barbara Codogno – “does not want to be didactic, much less hagiographic or past tense, but rather evocative and suggestive, remaining faithful to the path of light traced by both Dante and Giotto and therefore leading the viewer to the relief of rebirth indicated by the stars.


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