Neoclassicism in Italy:
From Tiepolo to Canova

1. Julien de Parme, L'imperatore Caracalla pugnala il fratello Geta tra le braccia della madre Giulia (1775), olio su tela, Aix-en-Provence, Musče Granet
2. Pierre Jacques Antonie Volaire, Eruzione del Vesuvio dal Ponte della Maddalena (1770), olio su tela, Napoli-Museo e Galleria Nazionale di Capodimonte

Exhibition: Neoclassicism in Italy from Tiepolo to Canova
Location: Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12, Milan
Dates: From February 27 to July 28 2002
Opening Times: Every day - 9:30am-7:30pm, Thursdays - 9:30am-11pm, Closed on Mondays
Information: TicketOne Tel. 02.392261

The setting is that of the rooms of Palazzo Reale in Milan which, for the duration of the exhibition, will be home to paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative objets d'art which document the Italian "Neoclassicism Movement".
The stars of the exhibition will be the artists who created the "neoclassical style" in the modern sense of the word, used to mean highest level of combining the figurative arts, while working in the Italian and European courts and embellishing them with extraordinary works of art.
A route which has never been covered to date and which, through the most important masterpieces of the Reform Period, will lead visitors from the awakening of an awareness of the past during the middle of the 1700s to the success of this new style.
A fascinating trip from "Tiepolo to Canova", from the last echoes of the baroque "virtuosity" through to the invention of "technique" which already contained and expressed the Romantic concept of "sublime". An era that has to be looked at again, starting with the most marginal aspects through to the most complete works in order to discover its rich complexity, putting aside academic schemes which have enveloped it in a closed aura and placed it among the rigid formalism of thematic productions for more than two centuries.