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The Illusion of Sciltian

On the thirtieth anniversary of his death, the Museum of Villa Bardini of Florence is celebrating Gregorio Sciltian’s artistic career with a major retrospective at the Bardini Museum, curated by Stefano Sbarbaro. The last retrospective dedicated to the artist dates back almost 20 years – in 1986, at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara.

Showcasing over 110 artworks of the Armenian­-born painter, the exhibition is divided into different thematic sections aimed to critically explore the concepts behind the creative processes of the artist that developed over a period of more than half a century.

Works showcased include oil paintings, drawings, lithographic prints and theatrical sketches from private collections as well as major national museums such as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Galleria National Modern Art in Rome, the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bergamo and the Pinacoteca Vaticana. His exceptional portraits also include those of Duke Luigi Grazzano Visconti, Galeazzo Ciano, Eduardo and Peppino De Filippo, Ivo Pannaggi and Romeo Toninelli. Visitors are also provided with an insightful glance into the presence of object’s crowding the artist’s studio.

Hailed as the “creator of show paintings”, Gregorio Sciltian fled his homeland in Russia following the upheavals of the Bolshevik Revolution and arrived in Italy in 1923, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Following the Second World War, Sciltian achieved great fame and success with major private clients and significant institutional awards.

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