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Reginald Pole

Reginald Pole
Reginald Pole
between Michelangelo and Shakespeare
Reginald Pole
Reginald Pole | between Michelangelo and Shakespeare

Until 31 January 2019 Bagnoregio hosts an exhibition curated by Enzo Bentivoglio and Gian Maria Cervo, which recovers one of the most important figures of the Renaissance. "Reginald Pole, between Michelangelo and Shakespeare" rediscovers the Tuscia as a nerve center for intellectual elaboration in the 16th century Europe and shows the influences of a figure and a movement on Italian painting and the Elizabethan theater.

The event brings back to the collective memory the experience of the Spirituals and allows the exploration of an Italy little known to the general public, between reform and counter-reform, and of the reciprocal influences between Italy and England in an extraordinarily rich impulse and complex period .

On show are works by Tiziano, Marcello Venusti, Pier Leone Ghezzi, Daniele da Volterra, Giovanni da Cavino of the academics of St. Luca of the 17th century and precious books and documents from the Venerable english college and various private collections.

Of particular interest is the "San Girolamo", a painting coming from the San Luca Academy, restored on the occasion of the exhibition, which definitively revealed the intervention of Tiziano Vecellio. As stated by the art historian Fabrizio Biferali, "subjected to an accurate restoration in the autumn of 2018, the penitent Saint Jerome of the National Academy of San Luca returned to its original chromatic brilliance, presenting a rich palette and effective typical chiaroscuro effects of the Tizian production in the middle of the sixteenth century. The image is iconographically superimposable on the large altarpiece on the table with a penitent Saint Jerome, now in the Brera art gallery in Milan, painted by Titian between 1556 and 1561. The smallest painting of the Academy of Saint Luke, characterized by a very high overall quality, it shows all the formal and technical characteristics of the works left by the workshop of the supreme cadore master, who probably had to supervise the execution and provide a decisive autograph contribution himself ".

The exhibition is organized with the support of the municipality of Bagnoregio, as part of the Eu collective plays! Project, co-funded by the European Union's Creative Europe program and part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

The choice of Bagnoregio, the exhibition takes place at Palazzo Petrangeli, born from the fact that the town of Tuscia was the last "outpost" of Pole in Italy, which remained governor of Bagnoregio, even after returning to England and until the day of his death.

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