At the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, the Secret Masterpieces from the 1600s and 1700s

At the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, the Secret Masterpieces from the 1600s and 1700s
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The Museo Bagatti Valsecchi opens the doors of its historic home on Via Gesù to enchant visitors with La Seduzione del Bello. Until the 12th of March, fifty works from the 1600s and 1700s, part of the Milanese Gastaldi Rotelli Collection, present visitors masterpieces from artists such as Procaccini, Magnasco, Guardi and Ceruti. These works have left their usual residence all together to find a place in the Neo-Renaissance environs which host this ecclectic permanent ensemble put together by brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi at the end of the 1800s. In the religious scenes of Giulio Cesare Procaccini, in the slices of daily life with the mystical scenes of Magnasco, in the courtships and banquets populated by misers, majestically painted by Monsù Bernardo and Giacomo Ceruti, one finds the manifestation of all the passion of Gilda Gastaldi and Giuseppe Rotelli for the painting straddling these two centuries. At the end of the 1800s, the couple, for around twenty years, amassed an exceptional body of paintings by taking part in auctions around the world in their sposmadic search for works of art. The exhibition at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi invites the public to penetrate those gestures, those gazes in these genre paintings by the artists which also reveal symbolic games, often of a highly sensual nature. Starting on the 1st of December, the itinerary will add a new hall, generally closed to the public, dedicated to the theme of the nativity, with a large Nativity Scene painted by Francesco Londonio, a Madonna che Allatta il Bambino by Prospero Fontana and an engaging Riposo durante la Fuga in Egitto by Sebastiano Ricci.

Samantha De Martin - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano