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Alessandro Guardassoni (1819-1888). A Bolognese painter between romanticism and devotion
14 September, 2019 - 19 January, 2020Free – €6.00
On the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of the Bolognese painter Alessandro Guardassoni (1819-1888), the Cultural Heritage Institute of the Emilia-Romagna Region, the Bologna Museums Institute | Musei Civici d’Arte Antica, the Gualandi Foundation in favor of the deaf and the Diocese of Bologna have created a widespread itinerary in the metropolitan city to enhance the artist’s activity: from historical-romantic naturalism to a purist twist to the development of a language devotional, which made him the most important ecclesiastical painter of Bologna in the nineteenth century.
The event is curated by Silvia Battistini and Claudia Collina with the collaboration of Chiara Sanfelici, Patrizia Tamassia, Valentina Volta.
The inauguration is scheduled for Friday, September 13, starting at 5:00 pm, starting with the Municipal Art Collections.
After an initial training in the city, Guardassoni made study and travel experiences abroad and from 1856 he began to participate successfully not only in academic exhibitions, but also in those of relevance. international, proposing paintings of historical-romantic, biblical-sacred subject and inspired by literature, becoming in particular famous for the episode of The conversion of the Nameless taken from The Betrothed of Alessandro Manzoni.
In parallel, from 1859 he began to study optics and to use stereoscopy to fix the effect of the real to be rendered in painting in a photographic image, becoming an important experimenter in rendering effects. of light and three-dimensionality.
The exhibition at the Municipal Art Collections proposes works by Guardassoni presented in official exhibitions and created for important commissions, which narrate the evolution of his style, making it possible to compare it with others painters active in those years in Bologna and re-proposing the cultural atmosphere through 40 paintings. P>
At the same time as the Gualandi Foundation, 60 preparatory drawings and sketches for the paintings made in the churches of Bologna are exhibited. A video – made by the students of the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna – Degree course in industrial product design – shows the visitor the relationship between the preparatory phases and the finished works, in a virtual journey through some churches where Guardassoni worked.