In Brera, the Shining Star of Simone Peterzano

In Brera, the Shining Star of Simone Peterzano
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Sensual and playful, since 1998, the Venus with Cupid and Two Satyrs in a Landscape by Simone Peterzano has been one of the most admired masterpieces at the Pinacoteca of Brera. In honour of the Christmas holidays, visitors to the Milanese museum can rediscover it in a surprise comparison - from the Galerie Canesso of Parigi, the celebrated Angelica and Medoro has arrived, another jewel from the Renaissance painter, who was so popular in his day that he earned some prized verses from Milanese writer Giovan Paolo Lomazzo. Sharing the theme of love between them, the works offer a dialogue comprised of vivid colours, masterful portraiture and immense sensibility towards the landscape. Revelatory elements of the synthesis that Peterzano forged out of two glorious Renaissance schools of painting - that of the Venice of Veronese and Tiziano, where he learned the secrets of light and colour, and that of Lombardy where he came into contact with Milan and developed his taste for no-frills naturalistic depictions. However, Peterzano is known, most of all, for being the master of Caravaggio: echoes of the great artist of the 1600s can be found, mixed here, with the eroticism of the Renaissance, along with echoes of Giorgione and the lesson of the Venus of the Pardo by Tiziano. While the home-masterpiece is clearly inspired by classic mythology, Angelica and Medoro brings a “bestseller” of the period to the canvas, Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano