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From 1 April to 26 July 2015, the Fondazione Roma Museo – Palazzo Cipolla will be presenting an ambitious cultural operation centred around the Barocco a Roma (Baroque in Rome) exhibition.

Rome, 1 April – 26 July 2015
Fondazione Roma Museo – Palazzo Cipolla

The Baroque in Rome. The Wonders of Art exhibition, curated by Maria Grazia Bernardini and Marco Bussagli, with the contribution of a prestigious scientific committee (Marcello Fagiolo, Christoph L. Frommel, Anna Lo Bianco, Stéphane Loire, Eugenio Lo Sardo, Antonio Paolucci, Francesco Petrucci, Pierre Rosenberg, Sebastiano Schütze, Maria Serlupi Crescenzi, Rossella Vodret and Alessandro Zuccari), covers the artistic and intellectual period that made Rome the “capital” of the Baroque and a model for great European and international cities of the time.

The exhibition explains briefly and clearly the way Baroque art evolved, from its creation in the first two decades of the 1600s to its point of “explosion” under Pope Urban VIII, and continues with the attention paid by Pope Alexander VII Chigi to town planning, giving Rome a new “face”.

Numerous masterpieces of Baroque art will be presented to the public: Bust of Costanza Bonarelli by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Atalanta e Ippomene by Guido Reni, Trionfo di Bacco by Pietro da Cortona, Santa Maria Maddalena penitente by Giovan Francesco Barbieri detto il Guercino, Il Tempo vinto dall’Amore e dalla Bellezza by Simon Vouet, Bernini’s sketches for the statues on the Sant’Angelo bridge and for l’Estasi di Santa Teresa, the precious The infant Moses trampling Pharaoh’s crown painting by Nicolas Poussin as well as cartoons by Francesco Borromini and Pietro da Cortona. Thanks to the restoration work funded by the Fondazione Roma-Arte-Musei, the Angeli musici by Giovanni Lanfranco will also be on display, works which survived the 19th century fire in the Chiesa dei Cappuccini in Rome.

The exhibition includes works borrowed from some of the world’s most prestigious museums: the Musée du Louvre, the State Hermitage Museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museo Nacional del Prado, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Vatican Museums, the Capitoline Museums and the Galleria degli Uffizi.

The exhibition is sponsored by Fondazione Roma and organised by Fondazione Roma-Arte-Musei, with the participation of: Roma Capitale, Rome Capitoline Culture and Tourism Department; Musei in Comune; the Capitoline Historical Archives; the Special Department for Historical, Artistic and Ehtno-anthropological Heritage and the Polo Museale della Città di Roma, the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Palazzo Barberini; Rome State Archives; the Doria Pamphilj Gallery; Palazzo Colonna; Propaganda Fide; and Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia

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