Ambrosiana

Carlo Mattioli
Dal cestino del Caravaggio
1968
Olio su tela, 40×50 cm

MATTIOLI/CARAVAGGIO.
THE LIGHTFUL FRUIT

The exhibition features twenty oil works by Carlo Mattioli, one of the Italian masters of twentieth century art, which interact with Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruit

The exhibition, entitled Mattioli / Caravaggio. The lightful fruit, conceived and organized by the Carlo Mattioli Foundation of Parma, presents twenty oil paintings that promote knowledge of the work and creative process of the Emilian painter through the profound dialogue with the masterpiece by Caravaggio.

The courage to confront an absolute master like Caravaggio and one of his most iconic works lies at the origin of a cycle of paintings and drawings that Mattioli wanted to present at the 1968 Venice Biennale, but which remained visible only on the day of the inauguration, due to the social and political contest that developed in that year and which also involved sectors such as culture and art. The Baskets of Caravaggio by Carlo Mattioli thus returned to the silence of the studio in which they were born.

The exhibition itinerary, divided into three thematic areas, is proposed as a narrative that develops through the contemporary suggestions of Mattioli.

The analytical theme and the creative process are set up in the first two rooms within seven showcases that offer a suggestive vision of the materials used by the painter. The construction theme is concentrated in the third room in direct dialogue with Caravaggio’s Canestra and is obtained from an evocative setting based on the half-light of the room. The conceptual theme, in the fourth room, proposes the vision of the latest works relating to the Canestra and, slightly apart, a video section, which narrates the evolution of Mattioli’s exploratory process.

Mattioli tackles the Ambrosian genre and model remaining in a personal limbo, suspended between a figuration that will never be complete and an abstraction that cannot be completely abandoned. The relationship with the model becomes a long filtered study with the image of a cluster of boxes and leaves resting on a perch in his studio.

Mattioli approaches the seventeenth-century model, declining it first in a profound study linked to volume and light, then enlarging the details, with the basket becoming the fulcrum around which all his research revolves.

The title, The lightful fruit, aims to play on the double vision and perception of the light that illuminates the fruit basket but through the filter of delicacy (delight), as if it were an intimate, closed and collected space.

In the film sequences that accompany the actual exhibition, the works are collected in an unreal space, a silvery space like a daguerreotype. This visual grammar aims to highlight the basic elements that the artist used, without placing the didactic details of the document at the center of the discourse. Quotes, shadows, lights, and an obsessive theme to decline his own language, beyond the work of Caravaggio.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog (published by Tacuino) with a text by Professor Claudio Strinati and a precious contribution by Roberto Tassi.

It is recommended to wear the surgical mask for the entire visit.

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ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
Daggers with sheath (eared sfondagiaco dagger), Milanese Gunsmiths
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli also known as Morazzone (1571-1626)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
llias picta, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Armillary sphere, NA
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto