Italian Renaissance rarities exhibited in Beijing

By Zhou Jing
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A high-profile exhibition on art, culture and life during the Italian Renaissance opened to the public on Tuesday at the Capital Museum in Beijing.

Government and museum officials from China and Italy attend the launch ceremony for an exhibition on the Italian Renaissance on March 26, 2018 at the Capital Museum in Beijing [Photo by Zhou Jing/]

The exhibition features a total of 102 pieces and sets from 17 Italian museums and institutes, including cultural treasures from the prestigious Uffizi Gallery, the National Museum of the Bargello and the National Gallery of Umbria. More than 80 items came to China for the first time, the Italian curator Federica Zalabra told media on Monday.

"China hosted many exhibitions on Italian culture in the past decades, but this one at the Capital Museum will be a rare and special one," Huang Xueying, the exhibition curator and vice president of the Capital Museum, told on Monday.

Huang said the exhibition was initiated by the governments of both China and Italy, and is held under the framework of Italy's "Sleeping Beauty" project . The project aims to create a shared network of Italian museum resources in order to present the world with pieces of the country's cultural heritage that have long been hidden away in museum warehouses.

"This is a cultural exchange at the governmental level and also the first time for the ‘Sleeping Beauty' project  to come to China," Huang said, adding that the working teams from both sides had spent more than a year on research and discussion to design the display.

Artworks hang on display at the exhibition on the Italian Renaissance on March 26, 2018 at the Capital Museum in Beijing.  [Photo by Zhou Jing/]

Original paintings by top-tier Italian artists, including Titian, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino and Tintoretto, are showcased. Collected articles for daily use, such as badges, pottery bowls and clothes, are on display along with several small-scale replicas of Renaissance architecture. Sculptures from ancient Rome as well as Byzantine paintings are also included in the exhibition.

The Italian curator Zalabra highlighted the daily necessities on display, noting that such items are often ignored by museumgoers who tend to pay much more attention to artistic pieces such as paintings and sculptures. However, through these everyday necessities, people can better and more fully understand the culture and social life of that era, she said.

The exhibition will run through June 22.

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