SERIES: Messi in Luce (Brought to light). Paintings and Sculptures from Palazzo Venezia
SPEAKER: Laura Cavazzini
DATE: Thursday 27 October, 6 p.m.
PLACE: Sala del Refettorio
The Palazzo Venezia Museum holds a curious object in its collections: the head of a veiled young woman, which could fit in the palm of a hand, sculpted in a rare material, pyrite, typical of the Maremma and the island of Elba. The peculiarity of the material explains its provenance from the museum set up in the 17th century at the Collegio Romano by the Jesuit Athanasius Kircher, a veritable Wunderkammer, or Chamber of Wonders, where the most interesting and curious products of nature and art were kept and displayed. The fragment, of significant naturalness, has been referred to Nicola Pisano, the patriarch of Italian Gothic sculpture. The lecture will address the problem of this attribution, retracing the work of the great master, attempting to focus on its cultural roots and position in the history of European art.