SERIES: Messi in luce (Brought to Light). Paintings and Sculptures from Palazzo Venezia
SPEAKER: Lucia Simonato
DATE: Tuesday 11 October, 6 p.m.
PLACE: Sala del Refettorio
Second only to Bernini, 17th-century sculptor Alessandro Algardi contributed no less than his rival to the definition of Baroque Rome, donating impressive marble masterpieces to the city. Part of his production, however, also consisted of small works in different metals, whose models and casts were left by the maestro to his pupils, contributing to the spread of his style and inventions throughout Europe. Starting with Algardi's Baptism of Christ, preserved in the Palazzo Venezia Museum (1646), the lecture intends to reflect on the materials of Baroque art, their expressive possibilities and their functions in different contexts, paying particular attention to terracotta.