Palma il Vecchio, gazing at beauty
March 13 – July 12 2015 | Bergamo, GAMeC
On the occasion of the Universal Exposition 2015 in Milan, the Municipality of Bergamo and the Credito Bergamasco Foundation are promoting the first large retrospective exhibition on Jacopo Negretti, called Palma il Vecchio (Palma the elder, ndt) (Serina, Bergamo 1480 circa – Venice 1528), curated by Giovanni C.F. Villa, produced and organized by ComunicaMente srl.
Palma il Vecchio was honoured with nine monographs, but the artist has never been celebrated in a monographic event. This is to offer the opportunity to hold an important exhibition with an international appeal, in the place where he was born, celebrating one of the protagonist of the Venetian Renaissance alongside Titian and following Giorgione. This unique event will see the arrival of 35 of Palma’s masterpieces from Italy and abroad, many of which were restored for the occasion.
The masterpieces of one of the undisputed geniuses of the Italian Renaissance will be reunited and on exhibit in Bergamo for one hundred days thanks to the outstanding support of the greatest museums in the world – the National Gallery in London, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Gemäldegalerie in Dresden, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, and major Italian museums including the Uffizi in Florence, the Galleria Borghese in Rome, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.
Palma was a master at creating female figures brimming with life, and these figures marked his career, making him the great interpreter of female beauty infused with sensual appeal, which influenced the image of ideal woman of the late Renaissance.
Palma Vecchio’s works were idealized and soon sought after by collectors, creating a veritable myth of the artist. His art develops mythological and allegorical subjects, but also sacred conversations in extraordinary landscapes.
A poem of glances, stories, nostalgia, discoveries and glimpses of landscapes, inevitable references to his native land, Palma’s works offer us a depiction of the spectacular beauty that can still be admired in Bergamo today.
An exhibition not only to be seen, but to be lived.