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Carlo Bononi

The Last Dreamer of the Ferrarese School
14 October 2017 – 7 January 2018

Although virtually unknown to the public today, in the past, the name Carlo Bononi drew the attention of artists, patrons, scholars, and art lovers.

A prolific, great artist, restless experimenter and indefatigable traveler, Bononi occupies an extremely important role in seventeenth century art history.
Bononi’s career spanned the era in Italy from the transition from the Counter-Reformation to the maturation of the new style of the seventeenth century. Occasionally making use of Mannerist stylistic elements, Bononi was capable of innovations that anticipated the modes and manners of the high Baroque era. A distinctive feature of his work, in fact, is the emotional energy that exudes from every figure and every composition.

A painter of this caliber has long fascinated specialists, but still awaits full critical assessment. This is why the Ferrara Arte Foundation has decided to dedicate a major exhibition, his first monographic exhibition ever. The project, curated by Francesca Cappelletti and Giovanni Sassu, aims to provide a systematic retrospective of his career and to make this extraordinary master of color and emotion known to the visitors of the Palazzo dei Diamanti.

Based on new information that has emerged thanks to the contribution of renown scholars and on the very significant studies on Este art collecting as well as recent exhibitions, the exhibit “Carlo Bononi, The Last Dreamer of the Ferrarese School” will feature an unprecedented reconstruction of his creative path, with the aim of showing within the context of his time the singular personality of a restless artist who painted for patrons and churches for half of Italy, from Liguria to Trentino, from western to eastern Emilia, to the Marche and Umbria.

Carlo Bononi. The Last Dreamer of the Ferrarese School
Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti
14 October 2017 – 7 January 2018

Curated by Giovanni Sassu and Francesca Cappelletti, organized by Fondazione Ferrara Arte and Gallerie d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Ferrara
Honor Committee Daniele Benati, Andrea Emiliani, Luigi Ficacci, Angelo Mazza, Erich Schleier
tel. + 39 0532 244949 | diamanti@comune.fe.it

Carlo Bononi, The Genius of the Arts, 1621-22. Collezione Lauro
Carlo Bononi, Pietà, c. 1623. Ferrara, chiesa delle Sacre Stimmate
Carlo Bononi, Saint Paternian Healing a blind Woman, 1618-21. Fano, Parrocchia di Santa Maria Assunta, Basilica di San Paterniano
Carlo Bononi, Saint Lawrence and Saint Pancras, 1608. Casumaro, San Lorenzo Martire
Carlo Bononi, Aeneas Fleeing Troy with Anchises and Ascanius, c. 1615. Grimaldi Fava collection
Carlo Bononi, Saint Louis of Toulouse Averts the Plague, 1632. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie
Carlo Bononi, Virgin Enthroned with Saints Maurelio and George, c. 1604. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie
Carlo Bononi, The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, c. 1610. Bologna, Ritiro San Pellegrino
Guido Reni, Saint Sebastian, c. 1616. Genova, Musei di Strada Nuova, Palazzo Rosso
Carlo Saraceni, Saint Cecilia and Angel, c. 1610. Roma, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Palazzo Barberini
Giovanni Lanfranco, Saint Peter Healing Saint Agatha, c. 1613-14. Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta, Galleria Nazionale di Parma. Concession of the MiBACT
Ludovico Carracci, The Trinity with the Dead Christ, c. 1591. Città del Vaticano, Musei Vaticani
Corso Ercole I d’Este 21, 44121 Ferrara
tel +39 0532 244949
e-mail: diamanti@comune.fe.it

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