The Madonna Benois of Leonardo Da Vinci
June 01-30, 2019
LEONARDO: THE MADONNA BENOIS
from the Ermitage collections
In the 500th anniversary of his death, the masterpiece of Leonardo Da Vinci’s youth is back in Italy, 35 years after its only exhibition, during the XIII Unesco Creative Cities Network Annual Conference in Fabriano.
The State Museum Ermitage of Saint Petersburg has chosen to celebrate the genius of the great italian artist in his home country, with exceptional initiatives such as the “Madonna Benois” exhibition in Fabriano: the Madonna will be exhibited in the Pinacoteca comunale “Bruno Molajoli” from June 1°-30 2019.
In the days of June 28, 29, 30, the exhibition will be exceptionally open up to 11.00 P.M., last entrance at 10.00 P.M.
Bookings for the June 24-30 week:
Online booking through www.ciaotickets.com will not be available for the days of June 29-30.
In the other days, online booking will be available for visits between 12.00 A.M. and 03.00 P.M., with entrance every 10 minutes.
Bookings through the ticket office of Pinacoteca will be available for visits between 11.30 A.M. and 04.30 P.M., if available, with entrance every 10 minutes: we kindly ask visitors with booked tickets and groups to arrive at Pinacoteca 15 minutes earlier than their scheduled entrance.
Outside of the booking schedule, tickets can be bought directly through the ticket office of the Pinacoteca.
During this week, the frequency of visits will be enhanced.
MADONNA BENOIS DI LEONARDO DA VINCI
“The Madonna Benois” is an icon known in the world, a key work of the young Leonardo da Vinci. Probably painted between 1478 and 1480, it marks its independence from the style and formation of Verrocchio, in whose workshop the Maestro had entered about 10 years earlier: a manifesto of that “modern manner” of which Leonardo was an initiator. At his second commitment to one of the most widespread religious themes, at the age of twenty-six, the artist breaks with tradition and invents a new figure of Mary: no longer the imperturbable Queen of the heavens but a simple mother who plays with the own son.
Tatiana Kustodieva explains in the catalog (joint edition Il Cigno/Skira): “in Verrocchio was absent what in Leonardo represents the main element and that is the spiritual kinship, the unity existing between a mother and her child“.”Leonardo – wrote Carlo Bertelli – did not create a static and devotional image, he only stopped a moment”; “He did not paint a genre scene, but he introduced deep meanings into everyday life” such as the one referred to by the map that Maria swirls between her fingers, intriguing her son: a common – but premonitory – crucifera. Even the semi-darkness in which he places the two sacred figures – a closed and semi-dark, very private place – unlike the open and sunny space of the Florentine tradition, increases the questions, introducing according to some expectation and mystery, and distinguishes this “Leonardesque first , so full of future developments”.”
“The Madonna came down from the throne on which the artists of the fifteenth century had placed her – writes Kustodieva – and went to sit on a bench in a room of an inhabited house. It remains the traditional tent that goes down behind Maria’s back, which from a sign of a ceremonial, or symbol of the upper spheres, has become a fabric covering the back of a chair. The room is described with great parsimony, but Leonardo pays tribute to his time by considering with the attention of a fifteenth century details such as Maria’s curls, the brooch, the fragile flower petals, the nail heads in the window frame. Each object does not exist for itself and thanks to light it participates in a single environment. “
June 1 – 30 2019
FABRIANO, (AN), Pinacoteca Bruno Molajoli, Piazza Giovanni Paolo II
Monday-Sunday, 10.00 a.m. – 08.00 p.m.
From June 10-16, Monday-Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m.
Full price 8 Euros (6 Euros for groups of at least 20)
Discount price for visitors under 18 years of age: 5 Euros
Free entry for visitors under 12 years of age
Information and groups’ booking
Maria Francesca Merloni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities
Hermitage State Museum
In collaboration with:
Città di Fabriano, Ermitage Italia
Il Cigno GG Edizioni, Villaggio Globale International
Ariston Thermo Group, Intesa Sanpaolo
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