Over 100 Italian Baroque masterpieces from the leading museums and royal palaces of Turin in an exhibition which evokes the capital of Piedmont in the first half of the 18th century: a scenario of first class grandeur, created by the best artists of the time in the service of the strategies of power of the House of Savoy, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997.
The Savoys – one of the oldest sovereign families of Europe – dominated a vast and strategic territory and cultivated an effective network of dynastic relations, which included Portugal. In 1713 they acquired regal dignity, first with the title of kings of Sicily and, in 1720, the kings of Sardinia. In the mid-nineteenth century, they became kings of Italy, following the political unification of the peninsula.
Many of the artists active in Turin simultaneously collaborated in the renovation of Lisbon undertaken by King João V, which makes the exhibition a unique opportunity for an approximation of the contemporary setting of the Portuguese court which the 1755 earthquake almost completely destroyed.
Specifically designed for the MNAA by Palazzo Madama (Italy), "The Savoys. Kings and Patrons (Turin, 1730-1750)" arises from a partnership between the two museums.
Enrica Pagella e Edith Gabrielli
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