Special Exhibition: Masterpieces Meet

Bellini, Caravaggio, Tiepolo and the Tuscan and Venetian Masters from the Banca Popolare di Vicenza Collection


A great exhibition that brings together the most important artworks from the collection of the Banca Popolare di Vicenza, many of which were preserved in the bank headquarter, in Prato. The exhibit will offer a wide overview on the sacred and profane themes of Tuscan and Venetian art between the fifteenth and the eighteenth century.

October 5, 2014 - January 6, 2015 - EXTENDED TILL JANUARY 31, 2015
Museo di Palazzo Pretorio
Piazza del Comune - 59100 Prato (PO)

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How to get there:

By foot:

From Porta Serraglio station (500 m), from the Central Station (1200 m) and from the nearest urban and regional bus stations.

By car:

Motorway A11 Firenze - Pisa, exit Prato Est and follow signs to the city centre. Paid parking available near the museum, the closest one is in Piazza San Francesco. Other parking lots, large and fairly close, are located in Piazza Mercatale and Piazza del Mercato Nuovo.

By bus:

Bus companies CAP and Lazzi provide services between Florence and Prato, leaving every 15 minutes from Santa Maria Novella railway station

Special Exhibition: Masterpieces Meet

This exceptional exhibition brings together the most important artworks from the collection of the Banca Popolare di Vicenza, many of which are preserved at the bank headquarters, in Prato. The exhibition offers an overview over the sacred and profane themes of Tuscan and Venetian art between the fifteenth and the eighteenth century.

The exhibition, featuring 86 panels and canvases, is a journey towards the image. It is divided into four sections, "Imago Magistra," "The Ideal Image," "The Face of the Idea: The Portrait," and "The 'Beautiful' Nature.”

Each work of art depicts a story, which is narrated through a network of comparisons: from the representation of the Madonna and Child, to that of the Gospels, from the mythological depiction of personalities of the past to the scenes of Dionysian bacchanalia.

Thanks to its iconographic perspective, the exhibition is able to stress the subjects of the works, overcoming the differences of styles and ages, with the aim of fostering a reflection on the constant features of art history, where masterpieces by Bellini, Filippo Lippi, Tiepolo, and Caravaggio communicate new and original content.


The exhibition itinerary:



This section contains works by Filippo Lippi, Bartolomeo Montagna, Giovanni Bellini, Jacopo Bassano, Francesco and Leandro, Caravaggio, and Jacopo Vignali.

a. Mother of God, Son of Man
b. Symbols of Virtue
c. The Gospels
d. The Old Testament


Section II: IMAGO IDEALIS - The Ideal Image

This section contains works by Giulio Carpioni, Pietro Della Vecchia, Gaspare Diziani and Giovanni Biliverti.

a. Olympus
b. History
c. Literature
d. Iconography


Section III: The Face Of The Idea: The Portrait

This section contains works by Santi di Tito, Bronzino, Giusto Sustermans, Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto and Giandomenico Tiepolo.

a. The Dress makes the Monk. Tuscany and Veneto

b. The uplifting features


Section IV: The ‘Beautiful’ Nature

This section contains works by Francesco Zuccarelli, Marco Ricci, Giuseppe Zais, Andrea Scacciati and Bartolomeo Bimbi.

a. Landscape
b. Still Life

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