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Guercino and music in the 17th century in Cento and Ferrara

The city of Cento, where traditions from Ferrara, Bologna and Modena blend harmoniously together, in the 17th and 18th centuries experienced a period of great splendor thanks to an urban and architectonic renewal, as well as a flourishing cultural and artistic presence.  Here the great painter Giovan Francesco Barbieri called Guercino was born and worked.



An exhibition, a series of conferences and concerts of international importance are on schedule in Cento and will document the love and interest in music that was trendy in Italian society in the 17th century and look closely at the music trends of that era in Cento, Ferrara and Bologna, the relationships between the families Goretti and Pannini, and the painters and musicians of this time period.


The exhibition “Guercino and music. Works by Carlo Bononi, Guercino, Cesare Gennari” on schedule from January 24 to March 9, will display for the first time ever two paintings, “Goretto Goretti in veste di Orfeo” by Carlo Bononi and “Ritratto di Lorenzo Goretti” by Guercino, along with a canvas by Cesare Gennari depicting "Orfeo che suona la viola" and the sketches done in Cento by Francesco Algarotti in 1760, where the pentagrams of the lost Music Room are shown, which were painted by Guercino in Casa Pannini in Cento between 1615 and 1617.


Besides the undoubtable historic value and the esthetic prestige of this show, there will also be a series of conferences organized in Friday evenings, all regarding Guercino but focused on innovative opinions and comparisons with other artists and painting schools.


The conferences, which are weekly, will begin on Friday, January 31 with Edward Payne, curator of the Drawings and Prints area at the Morgan Library in New York who will give a speech on "Hanged, dismembered, and tortured.  Violence in the works by Guercino and Ribera".  The second event, February 7, is with Bernard Aikema, a modern art history professor at the Università degli Studi in Verona, who will discuss “Guercino's Manners”.  On February 14, Joanna Kilian, curator of Italian painting at the Warsaw National Museum, will focus on the theme "Guercino and Love".  Giovanni Sassu, conservator of the Civic Museums of Ancient Art in Ferrara, on February 21 will talk about Guercino and Bononi, and "tears of joy" and "a melted heart".


On February 28, Barbara Ghelfi, modern art history professor at the Università degli Studi in Bologna, and Erica Govoni, an art historian, will discuss Paolo Antonio Barbieri “still life specialist" from Emilia.  The series will end, on Friday, March 7, with Luigi Ficacci, Superintendent of Historic, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage for the Provinces of Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Ravenna and Rimini, who will reflect on “Guercino and Velazquez”.


The other side event that will take a closer look at the culture of this period is the concert series on Saturday afternoons, which will blend repertoires of local composers with musicians famous throughout Europe.


The concert series opens on Saturday, February 1 with “Dolcissimo sospiro”, played by the  "Accademia strumentale italiana", followed, on Saturday, February 8, by the conference concert “Lucrezia. Guercino and Handel.  A possible comparison”, speaker Francesco Gonzales, Office for the Cultural Ecclesiastic Heritage of the Diocese of Novara.  Alessandra Gardini - soprano, Marcello Scandelli - cello, Davide Pozzi - cymbal.  On Saturday, February 15, “Duet for two tenors and bass continuing the epoch of Monteverdi”, Ciro Aroni and Teo Aroni - tenors, Luigi Marzola - virginals.  Saturday, February 22 Axel Aurin, musicologist, will present his book “Bartolomeo Campagnoli (1751-1827) from Cento to Neustrelitz”.  Ensemble Symposium: Igor Cantarelli - violin I, Gian Andrea Guerra - violin II, Simone Laghi - viola, Gregorio Buti - cello.


On Saturday, March 1 the M.° Matteo Fedeli will play the prized Antonio Stradivari 1715 “ex Bazzini” violin, on the piano Andrea Carcano.  In conclusion, the conference concert, on Saturday, March 8, “Music to be seen: Guercino and the chamber music of Casa Pannini” with Anna Valentini, professor of Musical Iconography at the Università degli Studi in Padova, Carlo Vistoli - sopranist, Stefano Melloni - flutes, Monica Paolini - archlute, Marina Scaioli - harpsichord and Silvia De Rosso - viol.


All the events, free of charge, will be held in the Salone di Rappresentanza of the Cassa di Risparmio di Cento, Corso Guercino 32.

Last modified Jan 27, 2014

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