The Drama of the Passion According to Gaetano Previati

Gaetano Previati, with his “filamented brushstrokes and colours modulated by light and shadow”, offers a profound reflection on the themes of the Passion and sacrifice of Christ, Saviour of the world, in the stunning setting of the Cloister of Sant’Eustorgio. There is a through-line that links the artistic figure of the illustrious master of divisionism to the city of Milan and the Vatican Museums, which shows itself in the double exhibition of the entire Via Crucis of the Vatican - created by the artist between 1901 and 1902, on loan from the Collection of Contemporary Art of the Vatican Museums and recently restored - and the La Via al Calvario, a work that was recently willed to the collections of the Museo Diocesano, and has yet to be seen by the public. The large canvases of the Via Crucis of the Vatican - which are flanked by 14 photographic reproductions, touched up by Previati himself with silver-point, and held in the Church of SS. Quirico and Paolo in Dogliani - were displayed by the artist from Ferrara at the first Quadriennale of Turin in 1902 and, for a long time, once they arrived at the Vatican, were held in the Papal Apartments. It is in the sequence of fourteen stations, imagined by Previati as being placed one after another, that the theme of the pain and the Passion of Christ reaches its apex, but also in monumental figure of the Savour, where the chromatic rhythm becomes riveting along with his use of light which highlights the succession of images.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 for Bulgari Hotel Milano