Tribute to Rosso Fiorentino
23/05/2014 - 31/12/2015
10:00 - 16:30
Civic Art Gallery
Via Sarti 1
Tribute to the Deposition by Rosso Fiorentino
Rosso Vivo – from 23rd May 2014 to 31st December 2015
Starting on 23rd May, Volterra will be hosting a cycle of artistic events for the two-year period 2014-2015. The opening event will be a grand exhibition devoted to Rosso Fiorentino.
The artist’s outstanding masterpiece Descent from the Cross constitutes the focus of a tribute involving some of the most prestigious venues in town.
The works of leading 20th-century artists are displayed through six different exhibits, each of which offers insights and food for thought on Rosso Fiorentino and his outstanding masterpiece:
- the Art Gallery
- the Ecomuseum of Alabaster
- the Baptistry of San Giovanni,
- the Palazzo dei Priori
- the Etruscan Museum Guarnacci
- the Roman Theatre
for the occasion, the six venues will be visited with a single ticket, the Volterra Card, valid for 72 hours and affordable at each venue (see list above), excluding the Baptistery.
Notes on painting
The Deposition from the Cross by Giambattista di Jacopo known as Rosso Fiorentino signed and dated 1521 is certainly one of Rosso most well known works of art.
This enormous altar piece marks a significant moment in the history of Italian painting. Scholars consider this masterpiece to be one of the landmarks of Mannerist paintings, an artistic style at the beginning of the 16th century that led to the emergence of modern art in Italy.
The painting does in fact contain innovative stylistic components that break away from the artistic conventions in the Middle Ages and Renaissance although some elements are clearly inspired by the artist’s predecessors.
The prevailing component is the rigorous geometry of the composition specifically used to guide the viewer’s reading of the painting.
The composition of the painting, built around the cross and the three ladders that lean against it, direct the eye to follow the perspective lines towards the vanishing point positioned at the foot of the cross where the light is more intense.
For further information: www.rossofiorentinovolterra.it
The exhibition ‘Rosso Fiorentino. Rosso Vivo. La Deposizione, la Storia, il ‘900, il Contemporaneo’ is promoted by the Municipality of Volterra in partnership with the local Diocese. It is produced and organized by the Arthemisia Group, and curated by Vittorio Sgarbi. The event has been conceived and planned by Alberto Bartalini.