An exhibition of over 200 masterpieces on the Mystery and Image of Mary Magdalene in Forlì

The long-awaited exhibition on Mary Magdalene is about to open. Il mistero e l’immagine (Mary Magdalene: The Mystery and the Image), which aims to investigate the unresolved mystery of the figure of Mary of Magdalene, a figure that still disquiets and fascinates, through some of the most precious and fascinating works of art of all times, from the 3rd century A.D. to the 20th century.

The exhibition, which will open on 26 March at the Musei San Domenico in Forlì, will be open to the public on 27 March. It is a grandiose journey that goes from the iconographic precedents of the pre-Christian classical era, centred on the aesthetics of pain and the theatricality of emotions, through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque, to the nineteenth- and twentieth-century representations in which the figure of Magdalene becomes an emblem of the protest and drama of an era.

Art, literature and cinema have dedicated hundreds of works and events to her. Art, above all, has placed her at the centre of its own production, giving life to masterpieces that mark, along the fabric of time, art itself and its developments. And as in a mirror, each era has looked at it, looking at itself; it has contemplated it, searching for the ideal of itself, of its own image; it has watched over it and spied on it, discovering its own vices within its own virtues.

Among the great masters in the exhibition, fascinated by the figure of Mary Magdalene, are Masaccio, Crivelli, Van der Weiden, Bellini, Perugino, Barocci, Savoldo, Mazzoni, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Domenichino, Lanfranco, Mengs, Canova, Hayez, Delacroix, Böcklin, Previati, Rouault, Chagall, De Chirico, Guttuso, Melotti, Sutherland, Bill Viola.

Gianfranco Brunelli, general director of the exhibition, observes: “With her, art has confronted itself, finding interpretative opportunities to redefine itself and represent the sentiment of its own time, to the point of transforming it into a myth”.

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