A "treasure" of the treasures of Italy

Written by: Francesca Marotta
Category: Art
30 August 2015

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ll tesoro d'Italia
Padiglione Eataly, Expo 2015 – fino al 31 ottobre 2015

How many magnificent works trace the path of Il tesoro d'Italia! And, come to see, how many names not particularly known have made a huge contribution to the artistic aspect of our country.
Gem among the jewels might be termed the board with Le stimmate di S. Francesco, by Bartolomeo Della Gatta, artist nervous, hallucinatory, bizarre, but a great manufacturer of spaces and volumes.
Dance figures assist the startled prey, presaging the event and at the same time messenger of the christian force that the episode contains. Specimens, pictorially, the gestures and the loss of the monk, remarkability the ability to define the looks and gestures.
The whole is then wrapped in an aura of Flemish style that inevitably brings to mind the preciousness of a bar of the same subject kept in the Savoy Gallery in Turin and painted by Jan van Eyck. But the magnitude of the Della Gatta is all in being able to build a theatrical action playing with volume, balance and humor, as well as adding subtleties of pictorial Nordic taste that internationalize the product. Great Bartolomeo... misunderstood artist's best Italian Renaissance!

di Feliciano Marotta

In the opening image:
details of the table Le stimmate di S. Francesco by Bartolomeo Della Gatta

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