• Orlando Furioso. 500 years
  • Orlando Furioso. 500 years
  • Orlando Furioso. 500 years
  • Orlando Furioso. 500 years
  • Orlando Furioso. 500 years


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Orlando Furioso 500 years

What did Ariosto see when he closed his eyes
24 September 2016 – extended until 29 January 2017

What did Ludovico Ariosto see when he closed his eyes? What images did he have in mind as he was composing the defining epic of the Italian Renaissance? Which artworks acted as muses to his imagination? These are the questions that the exhibit organized by the Ferrara Art Foundation, in commemoration of the five hundred year anniversary of the first edition of Orlando Furioso, aims to explore. Composed in Ferrara and printed in the city in 1516, the poem is one of the ultimate masterpieces of Western literature and it immediately captured the hearts of Italian and European readers alike. More than a documentary reconstruction, the exposition will be a true retrospective: an extraordinary history in images that will lead the visitor on an exciting journey through Ariosto’s universe, between battles and tournaments, knights and romances, passions and enchantments. The masterpieces of the greatest artists of the time—from Mantegna to Leonardo, from Raphael to Michelangelo to Titian—in addition to ancient and Renaissance sculptures, engravings, tapestries, weapons, books, and artefacts of extraordinary beauty and value, will bring back to life Orlando Furioso’s fantastic world of knights and warriors, at the same time offering an evocative portrait of Ferrara at the time of the work’s conception, with the dreams, wishes, and fantasies of the courtly society of the Italian Renaissance that Ariosto immortalized so magisterially.

Exhibition curated by Guido Beltramini e Alfonso Tura, organized by Fondazione Ferrara Arte and MiBACT Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Organized by

Ferrara Arte Mibact GAMC
Promoted by

Comune di Ferrara
Under the patronage of

Furioso 2016
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The Battle of Roncevaux, c. 1475-1500. London, Victoria and Albert Museum
Giorgione, Knight and Groom, c. 1505-10. Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi. Courtesy of MiBACT
Piero di Cosimo, Liberation of Andromeda, 1510. Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi. Courtesy of MiBACT
Paolo Uccello, Saint George and the Dragon, c. 1440. Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André – Institut de France
Titian, The Bacchanal of the Andrians, c. 1523-26. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
Marco Zoppo, Profile Bust to Left, of a Woman Wearing a Helmet. London, The British Museum
Andrea Mantegna, Minerva Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue, 1497-1502. Paris, Musée du Louvre
Bartolomeo Veneto, Portrai of a Man, c. 1502-1531. Cambridge, The Fitzwilliam Museum

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