UOMO
The life of Christ in thirty-three images
September 20 – October 31 2016

A fluent dialogue that eliminates distances in time by moving between the works — and within them — in order to tell the story of a man amidst other men, the most widely represented figure in Western art: Jesus Christ.
This exhibition juxtaposes a work in thirty-three episodes — corresponding to the years of Christ’s life — by the contemporary artist Francesco Pignatelli with the paintings and sculptures of Giovanni della Robbia, Fra Angelico, Bartholomäus Zeitblom and many others. His visual language is one of synthesis; thanks to the simplicity of its elements, it manages to blend realism and symbolic nuances, giving a tangible, precise form to the desire to recount the greatest act of sacrificial love made by Christ’s becoming a man: his incarnation, his birth as a human being who mixed with his fellows, grew up, suffered and finally died for the redemption of those to whom he chose to be similar, all contribute to what Salvatore Natoli has described as the ‘specificity of Christ’.
"Francesco Pignatelli’s interpretation could be described as a digital vision of the Renaissance. The presentation of the image in the form of a negative is a contemporary code that allows us to reassess what we regard as the classical heritage and to observe it in a non-classical manner in order to discover the innovative elements concealed within the image. Indeed, the phenomenon we call the Renaissance comprises a mixture between the old and the new.
The Uomo cycle is the combination of two points of view — one looking back to the past, the other looking towards the future — but there is no conflict between them; on the contrary, they are complementary."
(Elena Chernyak)

Part of the proceeds from the sale of Francesco Pignatelli’s works will be donated to the projects of the Fondazione Francesca Rava – N.P.H. Italia Onlus.

. works on sale

Spazio Espositivo di Palazzo Lombardia
Via Galvani, 27
20124 Milan

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  • Giovanni della Robbia, Redentore, first quarter of the 16th century. Painted terracotta. Casa Museo Bruschi, Arezzo.

  • Madonna, 19th century. Florentine manufacture (studio Lelli). Painted terracotta. Fondazione Cariplo. Museo Diocesano di Milano.

  • Francesco Pignatelli, The Flight into Egypt (from Vittore Carpaccio. National Gallery of Art. Washington), 2016. Lambda print on Fuji, 72x111 cm.

  • Francesco Pignatelli, Christ among the Doctors in the Temple (from Paolo Veronese, 1560 ca. Museo del Prado, Madrid), 2016. Lambda print on Fuji, 117,5x215 cm.

  • Francesco Pignatelli, Christ and the Adultress (from Lorenzo Lotto, 1527-29. Musée du Louvre, Paris), 2016. Lambda print on Fuji, 105x138 cm.