The art of «Monne e Madonne» the supporting actors steal the show

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twelve o’clock, October 23, 2021 – 20:33

To the Pontano Chapel, a fifteenth-century jewel in via dei Tribunali,
an unpublished exhibition with works from Luca Giordano to Botero

from Natasha Festa

“San Sebastian and the pious women” by Luca Giordano

Pittura: feminine singular. Like art. There is something archetypal in the grammar that wants vision and beauty to be “women”. We will have plenty of both from Saturday in the exhibition Monne and Madonnas. The female body and virtues which exhibits in the Pontano Chapel and in the church of the Santissimo Salvatore a nucleus of works of the De Chiara De Maio Foundation, chaired by Diodato De Maio. The curatorship is by Vincenzo De Luca who also signs the beautiful catalog (Enzo Albano Edizioni) with the preface by Vittorio Sgarbi and texts, among others, by the rector of the basilica Vincenzo De Gregorio, by Raffaele Iovine, president of the Pietrasanta Association and Nicola Saldutti, editor-in-chief of the Corriere della Sera (an excerpt from it on the right).

«In difficult times – writes Sgarbi – the birth of one appears as an oasis of happiness Foundation aimed at the collection of works of art, specifically Neapolitan. This is the De Chiara De Maio Foundation. The curator is a feverish and curious scholar, driven by a contagious research enthusiasm. So it must have been for his friend Diodato De Maio who has carried out, and continues, the enterprise with admirable vitality. Soon those works will be able to be seen in the very noble space of the Pontano Chapel in Naples and the Chapel of the Most Holy Savior in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore alla Pietrasanta, in via dei Tribunali. These are the ideal spaces for a selected collection ranging from Marco Pino to Francesco Solimena, prey to an intelligent and inevitable hunt ».

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«Monne e Madonne» in the Pontano Chapel

The exhibition overturns the point of view of works from the sixteenth century to Botero and Manzù. The bull’s eye is not at the center of the scene of the mostly religious subject, but moves to investigate the boundaries of the canvases and here he finds faces that lose the status of “side character” to rise to that of protagonist. The periphery of the painting thus becomes the center and there that a population of supporting women reveal their disruptive and hidden personality.

Come in San Sebastian and the pious women by Luca Giordano in which the latter start the story: «In this work – explains the curator Vincenzo De Luca – the figure of Irene, set aside from the body of the saint pierced by arrows, is re-analyzed as if she were the protagonist of the painting; consequently the understanding of the whole work is enriched with other food for thought. Similarly, to give another example, in Moses saved from the waters by Antiveduto Gramatica the conditions of three different female types are mixed: the pharaoh’s daughter, his servants, the child’s sister. Filippo Vitale in his Martyrdom of St. Ursula, in addition to relating executioner and victim not only with each other but with his own conscience, it includes possible personal events of the painter’s experience. The choice to include two paintings by unknown authors who tell the same theme, the Deposition from the Cross, where the symbol of the woman reaches unattainable heights in Mary who is a woman-mother-pierced by grief for the loss of her son, a climax that Michelangelo had isolated in his Compassion. And then, works by Marco Pino from Siena, Polidoro da Lanciano, Pedro Nunez del Valle, Francesco Guarini and Francesco Solimena ».

About twenty canvases, with an important seventeenth-century nucleus, divided into two sections dedicated to Body-physicality and al Female thinking. Coup de théatre alienating the exhibition of eighteenth-century wooden sculptures, skeletons of undressed Madonnas from Neapolitan workshops: surreal effect like mannequins from De Chirico’s paintings. Not only. One of these is completely dressed in leather – a solofrana material like the De Chiara Foundation – and, added value, created in collaboration with the students of the Caravaggio Art School of San Gennaro Vesuviano. Finally, Francesco Paolantoni and Gigi Savoia are the narrators of two ad hoc documentaries. Until January 22nd.

23 October 2021 | 20:33

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