Hayez, Fontanesi, Testori. Italian and European painting
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MAR (Ravenna city arts museum) continues its look at influential people in art history and critics.
The exhibition spans around five centuries, from the end of the 15th century to today, showing Testori’s wide range of work as a critic.
His debut on Lombardy reality painting contributed to enhancing Caravaggio’s predecessors. Among others, Foppa, Moroni, Cerano, Tanzio da Varallo, and Cairo and masterpieces such as “Ragazzo morso da un ramarro” (Boy bitten by a green lizard) by Merisi.
The 17th and 18th centuries are represented by a series of great artworks and masterpieces by Fra Galgario and Ceruti. French 18th century art is represented by Géricault and Courbet, who according to Testori was second only to Caravaggio.
The 19th century starts from ‘New objectivity” and expressionist realism with artists like Grosz, Dix, Schlichter, Radziwill, and Voll, and then up to Giacometti, Bacon, Sutherland and Varlin, who was one of Testori’s “discoveries”.
On the list there are many Italian artists, too, like Sironi, Marini, Manzù, Guttuso and his lifetime friend Morlotti. Then, the eighties, with the German “new savages”, from the founder Hodicke to Fetting, Middendorf, Salomé and the ‘nuovi ordinatori’ Albert, Merkens, and Chevalier.
Finally Paladino and Cucchi. A journey with many other treasures and master painters, from Soutine to Scipione, Gruber and Vallorz, to name but a few, and with a series of Testori’s portraits dedicated to him by his painter friends.