Piena di Grazia
Catalogue of the exhibition held at the museum from 7 October 2018 to 6 January 2019 with the contribution of Fondazione Comunità Mantovana Onlus and Fondazione Bam.
The volume reviews thirty works, ranging from the 9th to the 19th century, attesting on the one hand to excellence in art, and on the other to the persistence over time of attention to a basic subject of the Christian faith. Among the works on display is the precious Missal of Barbara of Brandenburg, which the marquise Paola Malatesta Gonzaga commissioned in 1442 from the master illuminator Luchino, known as Belbello da Pavia. In the miniature, used for the cover of the volume, the Annunciation, the artist intends to go beyond his late Gothic training, and adapt himself to the perspective-spatial solutions of the new Mantegna research. Among the many works from private collections, exemplary is a 16th-century canvas attributed to Nicolò Betti, a follower and collaborator of Giorgio Vasari in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, which reveals the Tuscan mannerist taste in the rich details of the setting and the iridescent colours of the drapery.