Many of the great works of European art left their home continent centuries ago. Now, however, some of those works that are normally housed in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, one of the world's most important museums, have come home and are on display until March 21st at Castel Sismondo under the title: From Gauguin to Rembrandt to Picasso: the enchantment of painting.
These are extraordinary works by great artists such as Velazquez, Degas, Manet, Tiepolo, Gauguin, Rembrandt, Cezanne, van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso, among others, grouped for the exhibition into several themes: Religious work, the nobleness of the portrait, the intimacy of the portrait, still lifes, interiors and the "new" landscape.
Saint Dominic in prayer, by El Greco; the portrait of Luis de Gongora y Argote by Velazquez; Reverend Johannes Elison by Rembrandt; The music lesson by Manet; Houses at Auvers by van Gogh; Landscape with two Breton women by Guaguin; and Water lilies and Japanese bridge by Monet, are just some of the masterpieces on display.
This is a unique opportunity to see these masterpieces, as the exhibition will not be repeated: it is made possible now only because the Boston gallery has temporarily closed a part of its exhibition space due to renovation and extension works. It is due to reopen in the autumn with the inauguration of a new wing designed by Norman Foster.
From Rembrandt to Gauguin to Picasso: the enchantment of painting