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The fortune of La Scapiliata by Leonardo da Vinci

An exhibition of art masterpieces gathered around the amazing “Scapiliata”, tresure of the Pilotta palace museums of Parma.

From May 18, 2019
To Aug 12, 2019
Location National gallery
Palazzo della Pilotta
Parma (PR)

from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm; Sunday from 1pm to 7pm.

Cost Tickets exhibition including all the Pilotta museums: euros 13,00; concession for groups euros 12,00; 18-25 years old euros 7,00; under 18 eurso 5,00; free under 6.
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It’s an amazing streak of masterpieces the one proposed by the National gallery of Parma with the exhibition The fortune of “La Scapiliata” by Leonardo da Vinci, created by Pietro C. Marani and Simone Verde.
Beside Leonardo’s works, visitors will admire other stunning pieces of art by Gherardo Starnina, Bernardino Luini, Hans Holbein, Tintoretto, Giovanni Lanfranco, all gathered around the fascinating “Scapiliata”, a treasure housed in the Museums Pilotta palace of Parma.

The exhibition, organized by the Pilotta museums and Fondazione Cariparma, is part of the official events celebrating 500 years from the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

The display is divided in four sections.
The first one includes some antiquities and the first steps of the painting research during Renaissance, that finds its magnificent expression with Leonardo. The second one includes a number of paintings and original drawings by Leonardo or from the Florence school, previous or contemporary of the artist, whose theme is the ruffled hair, as flames blazing in the windy air, among which there is the famous Leda from Uffizi.
IN another section an excursus on the painter and sculptor Gaetano Callani (Parma, January 16, 1736 – November 6, 1809) who had the Scapiliata by Leonardo in his collection. In order to furnish proof of the acquisitions policy of the Palatina gallery between 1820 and 1840, that means at the moment of the Scapiliata’s entrance in the collections, the exhibition focuses also on Paolo Toschi, who was director of the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Belle Arti of Parma back then and described the Scapiliata as «very rare thing to find these days».
Among the acquisitions, works from the collections Callani Sanvitale and Baiardi, purchased respectively in the years 1834 and 1839, when the galleries welcomed the Leonardo’s masterpiece with the Callani’s acquisition.
Exhibition and catalogue (Nomos Edizioni) definitely explain the theme of the authenticity. The most accredited theory is that the small wooden board belonged to Isabella d’Este. The work of art stayed in Mantova even after the sale of the Gonzaga collection to Carlo I Stuart (1626-27) then stolen during the Sack of the city by the Lanzichenecchi on the payroll of Ferdinando II in 1630-31. Lately, the Scapiliata might have ended up in the Gaetano Callani’s collection during his stay in Milan between 1773 and 1778, Maybe through his brother in laws Agostino and Giuseppe Gerli. Today, all critics agree with the attribution to Leonardo, recognised as authentic by the major specialists and recent exhibitions about Leonardo: Louvre (2003), Milano (2014-2015), New York (2016), Parigi (2016); Napoli (2018); Louvre (2019).
For this occasion, La Scapiliata has been object of scientific investigations performed by one of the greatest specialists, Claudio Seccaroni of Enea. This expert, with Pinin Brambilla Barcilon and the two curators of the events, examined the painting with UV rays, in order to detect the technique and the pigments used by the artist in the different phases of the work of art. The results of this investigation are published on the catalogue.

Museums of the Pilotta palace

Last update :
May 22, 2019