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Il Santo com’era: rappresentazioni della Basilica attraverso i secoli
May 25 - July 6
The exhibition tells the story of the evolution of the factory of the Basilica of St. Anthony and the convent from the Renaissance to the contemporary age through ancient books, drawings, paintings, views and engravings and even original matrices; important works, some exhibited for the first time to the public, which illuminate, in addition to the changed appearance of the basilica through the centuries also aspects of the costume, culture, production activities and identity of Padua society in its relationship with the saint.
The exhibition presents a selection of rare and unpublished works, coming from the various collections of the Antonian complex and from private collections, which illustrate well the architectural and artistic aspect of the basilica complex of St. Anthony and the surrounding areas of Padua, also through testimonies relating to fundamental events in its history, such as the changes of the Renaissance period, dictated by changes in liturgical customs, the terrible fire of 1749 and the profound changes in modern times.
Among the works on display stand out for their importance and historical and artistic value a rare seventeenth-century watercolor with moments of city life around the basilica, a splendid nineteenth-century view of the basilica of Antoine Marie Perrot, rare views of important engravers including Giacomo Ruffoni, the father Coronelli, Giorgio Fossati, Pietro Scattaglia, Giovanni Battista Brustolon, Ignazio Colombo and Pietro Chevalier, some accompanied by their original copper matrix, up to the ancient fascinating printed works of the father Polidoro, Angelo Portenari, Giovanni Battista Rossetti and Bernardo Gonzati.