THE GOOD CENTURY OF SIENESE ART
THE GOOD CENTURY OF SIENESE ART | From the Maniera Moderna to the Caravaggesque Light
Montepulciano, San Quirico d’Orcia, Pienza
1 September 2016 – 31 January 2017
The title of this important exhibition, held in three remarkably beautiful towns in the province of Siena, is inspired by the words of the abbot Luigi Lanzi, an art historian who lived between the 18th and 19th centuries, and is dedicated to a specific historical period which goes from the beginning of the 16th to the middle of the 17th century, when art in and around Siena was filled with excellent and singular artistic personalities who, in most cases, are little known or completely unknown to the general public.
The idea of this original exhibition came about in order to rectify such a severe shortcoming. The towns of Montepulciano, San Quirico d’Orcia and Pienza are each going to host a section of the exhibition dedicated to an important artist from the area and to his environment, inspired by a masterpiece already present in the towns. Each sector also envisages an itinerary to discover other works as significant as those on display but which, for various reasons, have remained in their original locations. This solution enables the ideal completion of the visit with the added value of travelling around and discovering a splendid and magnificently preserved land. All the works on show come from prestigious public and private collections, churches and other religious institutions, the aim being to offer visitors as thorough a vision as possible of a great century which has been unjustly forgotten.