Foto Giorgione

Exhibition Itinerary

Exhibition Itinerary
Michelangelo Lupo

The exhibition is hosted inside the Marta-Pellizzari house, now known as "Casa Giorgione" because of the frieze that adorns the main hall of this 15th-century building; the display starts of the first floor and then proceeds on the second floor (access by stairway or elevator).

The first section begins on the first floor with a documentary introduction. Here are maps showing the places where Giorgione chiefly operated - namely, Venice and the Treviso and Padua areas - as well as papers documenting his public commissions, such as that of the great canvas for the Ducal Palace and the Fontego dei Tedeschi in Venice, and also private commissions.

The first section ends with ancient texts from the 16th and 17th century describing Giorgione's painting  - these range from Castiglione and Vasari to Ridolfi.

The second section, located in the first part of the salon of the so-called Frieze of the Liberal and Mechanical Arts, documents the initial phase in the painter's career through works such as Saturn in Exile from the National Gallery in London, Test of Fire of Moses from the Uffizi, and the Madonna with Child from the Hermitage, among others. In this hall particular attention has been devoted to the frieze attributed to Giorgione which epitomizes Veneta culture in Giorgione's day. The modular display cases enclosing the works are placed in such a way as not to disturb one's view of the frieze. Throughout the exhibition, wherever necessary, low showcases containing etchings and providing points of comparison have been set alongside the works.

A panel set at crosswise divides the hall's second section from the third which is devoted to portraits and busts: The Three Ages of Man from Palazzo Pitti in Florence, The Archer from Edinburgh, the Double Portrait from Palazzo Venezia in Rome and The Halberdier from Vienna. The fourth section, which is also situated in the Hall of the Frieze and is devoted to early landscape painting, features two of Giorgione's most famous paintings: The Tempest from Venice and The Sunset from London - here displayed alongside drawings and etchings by Giulio Campagnola. We then reach the third hall, called the "Hall of Challenges", which houses paintings from various provenances that are attributed to the master.

The exhibition continues in the wide attic on the upper floor. Here a circular itinerary has been created, which extends around the perimeter of the hall. Along this itinerary four other sections unfold. The fourth houses paintings and etchings by "colleagues" of the great painter, such as Vincenzo Catena, Sebastiano del Piombo, Titian, Giulio Campagnola and Marcantonio Raimondi.

In the fifth section, the richest in works, we find paintings that generally recall Giorgione's world and his "travel companions" - among others, Albrecht Dürer, Cima da Conegliano, Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Costa, Pietro Perugino, a Leda from Leonardo's circle (which stands at the centre of the "composition"), Giovanni Bonconsiglio and Domenico Capriolo. The final section - almost a Wunderkammer - contains rare editions of volumes representing the cutting edge of 15th century culture, such as Ovid, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pietro de Crescenzi and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, along with Paduan and Venetian bronzes from the 15th and 16th century.

On the ground floor, at the end of the itinerary inside the house, is the bookshop. In the Cathedral of Castelfranco, which is located opposite the exhibition site, the itinerary continues and ends with the Castelfranco Altarpiece: Giorgione's renowned Madonna with Child Enthroned between Two Saints.