Bernini’s School and the Roman Baroque

Date: 11 Sep. 2018 – 25 Nov. 2018

Museum: The National Gallery

After the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Titian and other great Italian artists, the Georgian National Museum and the Embassy of Italy in Georgia present the exhibition "Bernini's School and the Roman Baroque".

Giovan Lorenzo Bernini (Naples 1598 - Rome 1680) worked as the great strategist and interpreter of the Baroque throughout the reign of several different popes over a period of almost fifty years. A prolific architect and unrivaled sculptor, Bernini is also a painter, a set designer, an actor and a playwriter.

His multifaceted talent generates brilliant and sumptuous decorative apparatuses in which the splendor of the materials, the taste for ornamental details and the impulsive expressions of emotions all convey to achieve the unity of the visual arts (so-called "Belcomposto").

The exhibition "Bernini School and Roman Baroque" at the Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery showcases the masterpieces of Bernini and other Italian masters of XVII century from the Roman Baroque Museum near Rome, "Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia". The exhibition presents about 60 works including painting and graphic portraits, self-portraits, landscapes; bronze medals and medallions, palace decorations, leather and silk hangers, decorative lamp; Preparations for frescos designed for religious buildings and etc.

The exhibition Bernini and the Roman Baroque, Artworks from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia presents a complete panorama of the genres and styles that defined the baroque aesthetics and forged the communicative apparatus, both moral and spiritu­al, of the Catholic Church. As emblematic examples of the various genres favored by the patrons of the period, the exhibition not only features historical, allegorical, reli­gious and mythological paintings, but also represents genres such as the portraiture, self-portraiture, landscaping and the practice of preparatory sketching for large deco­rative frescoes, ultimately aimed at elevating the faithful.

In the framework of the exhibition, educational programs and public lectures will be held periodically in the National Gallery.

This project is the result of close cooperation between the Italian Embassy and the Georgian National Museum and is implemented in the frames of the Georgian governmental project Check-in-Georgia. This initiative is supported by: From Italy - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and program "VivereALL'Italiana". From Georgia - Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Georgian National Tourism Administration. The exhibition collaborates with the Palazzo Chigi and Global Project Consulting. The exhibition is supported by DBA, Salini Impregilo, VTB Bank, Leonardo, Gulf, Anas.

Exhibited Artworks. 

Duration: September 11 - November 26, 2018
Address: Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, Shota Rustaveli Ave. 11, Tbilisi, Georgia.

◆ Working Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am- 5:30 pm
Entrance Fees:
Adults - 7 GEL
Students - 1 GEL
School Children - 0,5 GEL 
Friends of Museum - Free
Children under 6 - free

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