Giovanni Bellini Masterpiece: Lamentation from the Vatican Museums

LENT - John the Baptist the Lamented from the Vatican Museums - image courtesy of M.Masciullo
John the Baptist the Lamented from the Vatican Museums - image courtesy of M.Masciullo

During Lent and Easter, the Vatican Museums renew their partnership with the Carlo Maria Martini Diocesan Museum as part of the traditional event A Masterpiece for Milan.

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This initiative is now in its 16th edition, which every year offers to a large national and international public the possibility of admiring a universal work of art.

From February 20 to 11 May 11, 2024, the Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Giovanni Bellini (1438/1440-1516) from the Vatican Pinacoteca will be the masterpiece that the Milanese Museum will put on display as a starting point for not only historical-artistic reflection but also spiritual, giving visitors the opportunity to focus on the theme of the Passion of Christ.

The precious panel, preserved today in the Pope’s Museums, originally constituted the cymatium of the imposing Pesaro Altarpiece – created by Bellini between 1472 and 1474 for the high altar of the church of San Francesco in Pesaro and now in the Civic Museums – one of the greatest masterpieces of Italian painting, which marks the painter’s maturity and marks his role as the leader of Venetian painting.

In a narrow and compressed space, rendered with a strongly foreshortened cut from bottom to top which takes into account the height at which the panel must have been located, the statuary presence of the four characters stands out, Christ, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and the Magdalene, holding that of Jesus in her hands.

The exhibition, as already suggested in the title, is completed with a section that presents the works of four contemporary artists in dialogue with Bellini’s masterpiece and with the eternal and always current themes suggested by the work such as death, pain, pity and in particular the value of care.

The exhibition initiative sees the joint curatorship of Nadia Righi, Director of the Carlo Maria Martini Diocesan Museum, Fabrizio Biferali, Curator of the Department for Art of the 15th-16th centuries of the Vatican Museums and Giuseppe Frangi, President of the Giovanni Testori Association.

WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS ARTICLE:

  • From February 20 to 11 May 11, 2024, the Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Giovanni Bellini (1438/1440-1516) from the Vatican Pinacoteca will be the masterpiece that the Milanese Museum will put on display as a starting point for not only historical-artistic reflection but also spiritual, giving visitors the opportunity to focus on the theme of the Passion of Christ.
  • The exhibition, as already suggested in the title, is completed with a section that presents the works of four contemporary artists in dialogue with Bellini’s masterpiece and with the eternal and always current themes suggested by the work such as death, pain, pity and in particular the value of care.
  • In a narrow and compressed space, rendered with a strongly foreshortened cut from bottom to top which takes into account the height at which the panel must have been located, the statuary presence of the four characters stands out, Christ, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and the Magdalene, holding that of Jesus in her hands.

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Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy

Mario is a veteran in the travel industry.
His experience extends worldwide since 1960 when at the age of 21 he started exploring Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand.
Mario has seen the World Tourism develop up to date and witnessed the
destruction of the root/testimony of the past of a good number of countries in favor of modernity/progress.
During the last 20 years Mario's travel experience has concentrated in South East Asia and of late included the Indian Sub Continent.

Part of Mario's work experience includes multi activities in the Civil Aviation
field concluded after organizing the kik off of for Malaysia Singapore Airlines in Italy as an Institutor and continued for 16 years in the role of Sales /Marketing Manager Italy for Singapore Airlines after the split of the two governments in October 1972.

Mario's official Journalist license is by the "National Order of Journalists Rome, Italy in 1977.

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