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FROM SACRO TO PROFANO. The Giorgio Baratti Art Collection from Milan

16 February–27 September 2020
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The exhibition presenting an evocative selection of paintings and sculpture from the collection of Giorgio Baratti has been planned so that the visitor may discover two important themes that have for centuries dominated in European art: sacred (Sacro) and secular (Profano) art.

These terms define two parallel art worlds that have always coexisted alongside one another. Sometimes the two would converge, resulting in a fruitful dialogue. One such space was ‘sacred’ Christian art, intended for churches or for private devotion. The works depict scenes from the Old and New Testament, where glorifying images of Christ and the Mother of God, the Angels and the Saints were created, testifying to their ‘life, death and miracles’. Alongside this, ‘Profane’ art also developed, an emanation of the great patrimony of Antiquity, which from the 15th century inspired the revival of artistic genres presented in this exhibition, such as the ‘lay portrait’, the ‘mythological’ subject, the ‘still life’, the ‘landscape’ and the ‘architectural caprice’.

The exhibition follows a path that spans a stretch of time from the late 14th to the mid-18th century – from the Gothic, through the Renaissance and into the Baroque. Visitors are invited to discover the inexhaustible riches of the primarily Italian artistic patrimony – the basis of the European cultural identity that was moulded by the great inheritances of Antiquity and of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The exhibition offers at least temporary compensation for the European heritage treasures Lithuania has lost over the centuries, allowing visitors to admire this exceptional, common European inheritance.


2020-05-18
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