Piacenza is preparing to spend three months in the company of Guercino, born Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666) – one of Emilia’s greatest artists, and one of Europe’s most important figures in late-Baroque painting.
On March 4th 2016, an “itinerary” celebrating his work will be inaugurated, joining Palazzo Farnese and the Duomo until June 4th.
The ducal chapel of the aristocratic building will showcase twenty masterpieces by Guercino: a selection that outlines and evokes the painter’s artistic biography.
But the real fulcrum of the event will be the Duomo, Piacenza’s Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Santa Giustina: its dome – frescoed by Guercino between 1626 and 1627 – will be lit up by a new system designed by Davide Groppi.
The public will also have the unique chance to climb up the stairs to the vault ceiling, and to admire at close range the Prophets, Sibyls, and episodes from the childhood of Jesus painted by the 17th-century master.