Capolavori in cerca di contesto: l’arte sacra nell’esilio museale

Masterpieces in search of context:
when sacred art meets the visitor in a museum setting

The 3rd event organized by the Forum on Museums and Religion will shed light on the challenges of displaying sacred art within museum spaces

Great halls filled with 13th-century altarpieces, and famous religion-themed paintings by the great Renaissance masters may have a startling effect on the unprepared museum visitor when it comes to the origin and meaning of these works of art. Building a bridge between museum context & sacred art is what this upcoming LdM event is all about.

On Friday 27 November 2015 the Forum on Museums and Religion in collaboration with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi has organized an afternoon of reflection about the decontextualization of sacred art that inevitably takes place when these works are shown in museum settings.

The event, which will take place at 14.30 in the Altana of the Palazzo Strozzi, is entitled Capolavori in cerca di contesto. L’arte sacra nell’esilio Museale. In line with the Forum on museums and religion’s mission to promote a dialogue between religious authorities and museum personnel, the speakers who will address this topic include S.E. Msgr. Carlos Alberto Azevedo, Mons. Timothy Verdon, Dott.ssa Cristina Acidini and one of the curators of the current exhibit, Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana, Dott.ssa Lucia Mannini.

The Forum on museums and religion is sponsored by the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (Department of Museum Studies) and supported by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.

All seminars will be held in the Italian language.