ANTONELLO DA MESSINA

      ANTONELLO DA MESSINA

      Palazzo Reale  –  Milan

       from February 21th to June 6th 2019

 

 

Five hundred and thirty-nine years: half a millennium to reconstruct the legacy of Antonello da Messina, one of the most groundbreaking and influential painters of the 15th century. The exhibition at Palazzo Reale, gathers together almost half of the existing works by the Sicilian artist, offering viewers a first-ever opportunity to admire several of his extraordinary masterpieces under one roof. In addition to the above, the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the artist’s training and earliest years, from Sicily to Naples and Rome, and then on to Venice and Milan, where he was finally recognized as one of the greatest painters of his time.

The famed Annunciata with its blue shawl and enigmatic gaze will welcome visitors to the large exhibition Milan is dedicating to Antonello da Messina – a unique opportunity to admire, all in one place, about half the works that made it to us in the present day from the brush of the great master of the 1400s. And while, over the centuries, earthquakes, floods, rips and other fatal carelessnesses have done in a fair part of the artist’s heritage, more recents years have seen his surviving paintings travel far and wide, among museums and collectors all over Europe and across the Atlantic.