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Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana

Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana

Exhibit at Palazzo Strozzi awaits Pope Francis ‘benediction’ in November


Palazzo Strozzi is presenting the exhibition Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana which will run from Sept. 24 to Jan. 24, with Pope Francis expected to attend the conference that will held in Florence from Nov. 9 to 13.


The show, which explores the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, includes over 100 works by famous Italian and international artists including Domenico Morelli, Gaetano Previati, Felice Casorati, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Emilio Vedova, Vincent van Gogh, Jean-François Millet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Stanley Spencer, Georges Rouault and Henri Matisse.


The exhibition ranges from Morelli’s Realist painting to Vedova’s Informal Art, from Previati’s Divisionism to Redon’s Symbolism and Munch’s Expressionism and to the experimental approach proper to Futurism. Its objective is to analyse a century of modern religious art and to highlight different takes on modernity, trends, and occasionally even clashes in the relationship between art and religious sentiment.


The exhibit includes celebrated works such as Jean-François Millet’s Angelus, on exceptional loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Vincent van Gogh’s Pietà from the Vatican Museums, Renato Guttuso’s Crucifixion from the collections of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome and Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion from the Art Institute of Chicago, alongside pieces by artists whose work is less well-known but who yet have helped to forge the rich and complex panorama of modern art. With sections devoted to the crucial themes in the religious and artistic debate, Divine Beauty will provide visitors with the opportunity to compare famous works of art observed in a new and different light.


The idea for the exhibit came from a joint venture between the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, the former Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze, the Archdiocese of Florence and the Vatican Museums, and is part of a program of events devised to run concurrently with the Fifth National Bishops Conference.


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