Precious Renaissance Painting Resurfaces in Brescia

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 02:00

Italy is a treasure trove of precious works of art and it’s not uncommon to find them in unthinkable places where they lie hidden and forgotten.

In Brescia, a previously unknown masterpiece by the Renaissance painter Alessandro Bonvicino, known as Moretto da Brescia, has resurfaced from a house attic and is now part of the exhibition “Moretto, Savoldo, Romanino, Ceruti. 100 capolavori dalle collezioni bresciane”, on view in Brescia (Lombardy) until June 15.

The curator of the exhibit, Davide Dotti, scouted all of Brescia looking for masterpieces from private collections to feature in the exhibit. He was able to find many undiscovered treasures and convince their owners to lend them for the art show, which is dedicated to Brescia artists. He had not however found this latest painting, which was instead discovered by chance in the attic of a house. The painting was evaluated by experts who confirmed it belongs to Moretto da Brescia. It is called "Il trombettiere di San Giovanni Evangelista" (The trumpeter of John the Evangelist).

A welcome addition to the exhibit which, given its success, has now been extended to June 15.

The exhibition, held at Palazzo Martinengo, focuses on painters who were active in Brescia between the 15th and 18th century and, since their works come from private collections, it’s a rare chance to admire them.

For more information, visit the exhibition's website.

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