A Masterpiece for Milan - the Gifts of the Magi Veronese

A Masterpiece for Milan - the Gifts of the Magi Veronese
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Every year, a great masterpiece of sacred art comes to Milan for the Christmas holidays. After Piero della Francesca and Tiziano, in 2018 it’s Paolo Veronese’s turn with the Adorazione dei Magi: a majestically large altarpiece (92.1 x 126") from the Santa Corona Church in Vicenza, recently restored and on display for the first time in Milan. Brilliant colours, surprising effects with light and a highly theatrical feel characterise the compositions of Veronese, who transforms the holy event of the Epiphany into a 16th Century celebration. A sumptuous procession interrupts the quiet of the Nativity, even catching the attention of the donkey and the ox - elegant pages and servants accompany the Magi, dressed in fine clothes highlighted by the equally fine drapery - an homage to the profession of who commissioned the work, the wealthy textile merchant from Vicenza, Marcantonio Cogollo, who can also be seen in the painting - the bearded figure behind the Moor King. This year, the exhibition of the Masterpiece for Milan has been moved from its usual home at Palazzo Marino to the Chiostri di Sant’Eustorgio: a choice in line with the subject of the painting, given that the ancient Basilica in Porta Ticinese holds nothing less than the relics of the Magi. Protagonists of a true adventure, they will be displayed in their splendid reliquary for the exhibition.

Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano