25th October 2011 > 18th March 2012
The exhibition entitled “The Renaissance in Rome” investigated 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 was divided into seven sections documenting 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 displayed masterpieces such as the ‘self-portrait’ and the portrait of ‘Fedra Inghirami’ by Raphael which were exceptionally lent by the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, whereas Michelangelo’s ‘David-Apollo’ came from the Bargello National Museum and the ‘Portrait of Cardinal Reginald Pole from the Hermitage. Many other works by artists such as Perin del Vaga and Francesco Salviati were also exhibited.
Fondazione Roma restored several important works for the event, amongst which the Michelangelesque Pietà from Buffalo, U.S.A., which some experts actually attribute to Michelangelo.
Completely unpublished educational apparatus, such as a three dimensional reconstruction of the Sistine chapel and Raphael’s Loggia di Psyche, were also displayed.