Melozzo da Forlì, Ange musicien, frescoe detached and mounted on cadorite, cm 110 x 78 x 5. Courtesy Musei San Domenico, Forlì.

Until the 12th of June 2011 – Museo San Domenico – Forli

FORLI – This city of the Emilia-Romagna region is probably known abroad for its links with Mussolini, as the dictator was born in the province. But who will mention Melozzo (1438-1494)? A pleasant painter from the second half of the XVth century, he is the perfect link between Piero della Francesco and Raphael. From the former and from Mantegna he inherited the science of perspective. To the latter he bequeathed the art of composition and of soft colors. A tribute is made to Melozzo in his native town with an ambitious exhibition that brings together some of his masterpieces – unequalled heads of angels and of Humanists – as well as those of his friends. In particular we will admire the famous Madonna Senigallia by Piero della Francesca. Most of Melozzo da Forli’s «mobile» compositions will be present, including his masterpiece, the Roman cycle of frescoes of the Santi Apostoli, which today is scattered between the Quirinale and the Vatican museums.

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