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The other Renaissance. Spanish Artists in Naples in the early Cinquecento

Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid 10/18/2022 - 1/29/2023

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Organized by the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples, the exhibition aims to illustrate a very fruitful but largely unknown chapter of European Renaissance culture: the short period of about thirty years, roughly from 1504 to 1535, during which we witness the transition from Southern Spain and Italy to what Vasari called "the modern manner", the great art based on the revolution carried out by Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo. The novelties elaborated in the pontifical capital were immediately received and reinterpreted in Naples, which in those years became Spanish (1504). Here, the great artists of the first generation of the Iberian Renaissance –Pedro Fernández, Bartolomé Ordóñez, Diego de Siloe, Pedro Machuca, and perhaps also Alonso Berruguete– were able to take their first solid professional steps, creating some works of great importance.

The exhibition, curated by Andrea Zezza, Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Lettere e Beni Culturali, Università degli Studi della Campania, and Riccardo Naldi, Professore, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Università degli Studi Napoli «L'Orientale», aims to attract the public’s attention on this brief but happy  phase, highlighting the high quality of the artistic creations and their cosmopolitan character, together with the decisive role played by Spanish artists. The basis of the expositions display is the conviction that this flourishing phase saw a very close connection between painting and sculpture. The comparison between the two “sister arts”, one of the most frequent themes in the theory and practice of Renaissance art, finds in fact in Naples a particularly fertile ground for the elaboration of models that contributed to the definition, in the first Cinquecento, from a particular Iberian declension of the Renaissance language and, in Naples, from an autonomous local school, with clearly identifiable stylistic characteristics.

Exhibition organized by the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid and the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples.

With the sponsorship of the Fundación BBVA.

Andrea Zezza (Università degli Studi della Campania) and Riccardo Naldi (Università degli Studi Napoli «L’Orientale») in collaboration with Manuel Arias (Museo Nacional del Prado).


Room A and B. Jerónimos Building

Exclusive Sponsorship:
Fundación BBVA
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