From 14th April a remarkable selection of paintings and sculptures will reflect the close political links and cultural strategies established by the Spanish court and the Italian states over the course of the 17th century.
“From Caravaggio to Bernini. Masterpieces of the Italian Seicento from the Spanish Royal Collection” will take place at Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome and it will bring together famous masterpieces from the Italian Seicento, all belonging to the Prado Museum Collection.
The art collections of the Hapsburg dynasty were enriched by the frequent diplomatic gifts from Italian rulers striving to earn the favour of the Spanish overlords. This is the case with two of the most spectacular paintings on display, Guercino's Lot and His Daughters and Guido Reni's Conversion of Saul, which Prince Ludovisi donated to Philip IV with the aim of ensuring Spanish protection over the tiny State of Piombino.
A large number of other artworks , including the magnificent Crucifix by Bernini from the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a work rarely accessible to the public, were commissioned or acquired by envoys of the king.
The Spanish sovereigns' interest in Italian culture is further reflected by the invitations to work at the court which they addressed to masters such as the Neapolitan Luca Giordano, who was active in Spain for a decade.
The exhibition can be defined as an event not to be missed for its exceptional artistic and historical value, a true celebration of Italian art magnificence that will be on display to the public until July 30.