There is time until 30 July 2017 to go to Scuderie del Quirinale and visit the exhibition "From Caravaggio to Bernini. Masterpieces of the Italian seventeenth century in the Royal Collections of Spain". The splendid paintings were diplomatic gifts from the Italian rulers to the sovereigns of Spain, aimed at earning their favor. These paintings conditioned the political evolution of our country from the mid-sixteenth century.
Lot and his daughters of Guercino e The conversion of Saul by Guido Reni, they are among the most spectacular paintings of the exhibition and served to guarantee Spanish protection in the State of Piombino. The trips to Italy of some Spanish artists like José de Ribera, show how the interest in Italian art and culture was very much alive in Spain at that time. Most of the collection exhibited at the Scuderie del Quirinale comes from the Real Museum commissioned by King Ferdinand VII in 1819, which collected many of the works belonging to the monarchs and which had been donated to the state by Queen Isabella II.
You will also find many works commissioned or purchased by the king's agents, including the magnificent Crucified by Bernini coming from the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, rarely accessible to the general public. You can admire the Salome of Caravaggio, which was ordered directly to the great Italian artist by the representatives of the Spanish monarchy in Italy (ambassadors and viceroys) sent to the papal court or to Naples, to whose death the works went on to increase the royal collections.
The President of Ales (Arte, Lavoro e servizi SpA), Mario De Simoni commented: “this is an exhibition of extraordinary importance that allows you to appreciate even in Italy the amazing restorations of masterpieces such as The Tunic of Joseph by Velázquez e Salome with the head of the Baptist of Caravaggio. I thank the Abertis Group, the protagonist of long-lasting investments in our country and that has grasped the importance of the exhibition, thus making the Italian version possible ".
A plunge into the history of our art: another reason to be proud of the heritage that our excellent ancestors left us.
At the Scuderie del Quirinale, Via Ventiquattro Maggio, 16
From 14/04/2017 to 30/07/2017, 10.00-20.00 from Sunday to Thursday, 10.00 - 22.30 on Friday and Saturday
Full € 12.00
Reduced € 9.50
Free admission up to 18 years
Open ticket € 16.00
Italian university student ticket € 4.00