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An exhibition of art masterpieces gathered around the amazing “Scapiliata”, treasure of the Pilotta palace museums of Parma.

Galleria Nazionale - Palazzo della Pilotta

Parma (PR)

An amazing set of masterpieces will be hosted by the National Gallery of Parma, with 4 works by Da Vinci, in the exhibition “La fortuna de La Scapiliata” by Leonardo da Vinci, curated by Pietro C. Marani and Simone Verde.
Beside Leonardo’s works, visitors can admire other stunning pieces of art by Gherardo Starnina, Bernardino Luini, Hans Holbein, Tintoretto, Giovanni Lanfranco, all gathered around the fascinating “Scapiliata”, a treasure housed in the Pilotta Palace Museums of Parma.

The exhibition, organized by the Pilotta Museums and Fondazione Cariparma, is part of the official events celebrating the 500th year commemoration of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

The display is divided into four sections.
The first one includes some antiquities and the first steps of the painting research during the Renaissance, which finds its magnificent expression with Leonardo. The second one includes a number of paintings and original drawings by Leonardo or from the Florence school, previous to or contemporary of the artist, whose theme is the ruffled hair, like flames blazing in the windy air, among which there is the famous Leda from the Uffizi.
In another section a look at the painter and sculptor Gaetano Callani (Parma, January 16, 1736 – November 6, 1809) who had the Scapiliata by Leonardo in his collection. In order to furnish proof of the acquisitions policy of the Palatina gallery between 1820 and 1840, that means at the moment of the Scapiliata’s entrance in the collections, the exhibition focuses also on Paolo Toschi, who was the director of the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Belle Arti of Parma back then and described the Scapiliata as a «very rare thing to find these days».
Among the acquisitions, works from the collections Callani Sanvitale and Baiardi, purchased respectively in the years 1834 and 1839, when the galleries welcomed Leonardo’s masterpiece with Callani’s acquisition.
The exhibition and catalogue (Nomos Edizioni) definitively clarify the issue of the work’s authenticity. The most accredited theory is that the small wooden board belonged to Isabella d’Este. The work of art stayed in Mantova even after the sale of the Gonzaga collection to Charles I Stuart (1626-27) then stolen during the Sack of the city by the Lanzichenecchi funded by Ferdinand II in 1630-31. Later, the Scapiliata might have ended up in Gaetano Callani’s collection during his stay in Milan between 1773 and 1778, maybe through his brother in laws Agostino and Giuseppe Gerli. Today, all critics agree with the attribution to Leonardo, recognised as authentic by the major specialists and recent exhibitions about Leonardo: Louvre (2003), Milan (2014-2015), New York (2016), Paris (2016); Naples (2018); Louvre (2019).
For this occasion, La Scapiliata has been the object of scientific investigations performed by one of the greatest specialists, Claudio Seccaroni of Enea. This expert, with Pinin Brambilla Barcilon and the two curators of the events, examined the painting with UV rays, in order to detect the technique and the pigments used by the artist in the different phases of the work of art. The results of this investigation are published in the catalogue.

Date: the event will be held from May 18, 2019 to Aug 11, 2019 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Closing days: Monday

Event timetable: Orario di apertura: 9.00-18.00 friday - saturday – sunday and holidays. 9.00 – 18.00 from monday to Thursday 15 people needed.

Entrance: entry fee

Full fee: Exhibition ticket including all the Pilotta museums: €13

Reduced fee: Discount for groups €12; 18-25 years old €7; under 18 euros €5

Free entry: free for children under 6

Information and Booking Centre

Tourist Office Parma
Piazza Garibaldi, 1 - 43121 Parma - Phone: ++39 0521 218889 - Fax: ++39 0521 218887
Weekday timetable:

from 9.00am to 7.00pm.

Weekend timetable:

from 9.00am to 7.00pm. Closed on 25 December and 1 January. December 24th and 31st could change the closing time.

By Parma editorial staff (Oct 25, 2019)

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