Sutri celebrates Christmas with ‘Caravaggio’s Day’

Supported by Fondazione Cultura e Arte at the request of Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, the activities of the Museum of Palazzo Doebbing continue during the Christmas holidays and awaiting the spring exhibition season when ‘Saint Francis in Ecstasy’ by Titan will arrive having been exhibited in South America.

On the 22nd of December 2018, Vittorio Sgarbi, Mayor of Sutri, will present the astonishing canvas ‘Cleopatra’ by Artemisia Gentileschi – the greatest Italian female painter known to history – painted between 1615 and 1620, when she had close human and artistic relationships with Caravaggio.

Artemisia’s masterpiece will be exhibited as from the Saturday before Christmas, 22nd of December at 17:30 at Palazzo Doebbing.  On the same day, by popular demand a repeat performance of  ‘La conversione di un cavallo (Conversion of a Horse)’, which consists in 23 tableaux vivants that revive 23 great works by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, will be held at 19:00 inside Sutri Cathedral and possibly at 20:30.  This extraordinary performance staged by the Compagnia Teatrale Ludovica Rambelli, with music by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and Sibelius, has already been seen by 16 million people online.

After the first performance at Sutri, the benefit event, on this occasion, the generous contribution of Fondazione Cultura e Arte, an arm of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale and its Chairman, Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele that last September already supported the Autumn Festival in Palazzo Doebbing by holding nine concurrent exhibitions and offering citizens the magnificent concert by the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio.

Professor Emanuele affirms, “I am delighted to support Vittorio Sgarbi in this ambitious undertaking of humanistic renaissance of Tuscia, a real cultural and artistic revolution that aims to make Sutri an unavoidable destination for devotees of beauty, starting from the Museum of Palazzo Doebbing, which today has been enriched by a new masterpiece of classical art.  Concurrently with the arrival of ‘Cleopatra’ by Artemisia the beautiful cathedral will re-experience the charm of many of Caravaggio’s famous and important works, through a unique theatrical performance that we will offer to the city at Christmas.  This record of high-level events held from September to date once again corroborates my basic assumption: that the revival of our country will only come to pass through art and culture, the real ‘clean energy’ at our disposal and is our duty to promote, enhance and make it available for the public.