Picasso, de Chirico and Dalí: A dialogue with Raphael

A major exhibit at Mart starting in May

Raphael, Picasso, de Chirico, Dalí: four great artists together at Mart, Rovereto’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, from May 2nd to August 29th 2021. A dialogue that spans the centuries and sets the stage for an encounter between classic and modern art, inspired by the similarities that bind these four artists together despite the apparent differences in their styles and careers.

The exhibition, curated by Beatrice Avanzi and Victoria Noel-Johnson, features over one hundred works of art from the most important public and private collections at an international level and is divided into eight sections, three of which delve deeply into each artist’s relationship with the work of Raphael. On display will be such masterpieces as the Self-portrait by Raphael (1504-1506), de Chirico’s Autunno (1935) and Picasso’s etchings from the Raphael and La Fornarina series.



“Picasso, de Chirico and Dalí: A dialogue with Raphael”
Exhibit at Mart in Rovereto
from May 2nd to August 29th 2021

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The eight themed sections

The exhibition itinerary makes its way through 8 themed sections: Dialogue between masters, The eternal mastery of Raphael, Maternity: sacred and profane, The ideal space, La Fornarina. A timeless beauty, Picasso. The irreverent gaze, Dalí. Dreaming with eyes wide open, De Chirico. A sudden revelation.

From the very beginning, the links between Raphael and the three twentieth-century masters are identified: from the ideal, enigmatic space of de Chirico’s Piazze d’Italia, inspired by Raphael’s The Marriage of the Virgin, to the specific references present in Dalí’s paintings, and — in the spotlight for the very first time — the influence of the Vatican’s Raphael Rooms on the work of Picasso. The exhibition bridges the centuries to reveal various influences and references, all leading up to the final three sections, which examine each artist’s relationship with the work of Raphael in detail.

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The art on display

The exhibition features over one hundred works of art from some of the most important international museums, such as the Musée National Picasso in Paris, the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in Figueres or the Uffizi Gallery, which has provided one of the exhibition’s most famous works: Raphael’s Self-portrait. Also on display are Salvador Dalí’s Self-Portrait with Raphaelesque Neck and the Self-portrait produced by de Chirico in 1921.

Of particular interest is a famous copy of La Fornarina attributed to Raffaellino del Colle, a student of Raphael, which sets the tone for a rich gallery of extraordinary portraits of women, including Seated Woman by Pablo Picasso and Autunno by Giorgio de Chirico.

In addition to paintings and drawings, a treasure trove of documents and books on Raphael is also on display: sources of genuine inspiration possessed by the three modern artists.

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Published on 06/06/2023