From January 27 to May 6, 2018, the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery of Bergamo offers a unique opportunity to approach the work of the most versatile Renaissance artist: Raffaello Sanzio.

With the curatorship of M. Cristina Rodeschini, Emanuela Daffra and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, the exhibition Raffaello e l’Eco del Mito, adopted the artist’s painting of San Sebastián as a symbol, a work from 1501-1502, and which is currently part of the collection of the Carrara Academy of Bergamo. The arrival of the painting from San Sebastián to Bergamo, in 1883, coincides with the awakening of both artists and collectors’ interest in the work of the great artist.

The exhibition—a project by the Carrara Academy Foundation—follows the footsteps of Raffaello since the 15th century. The exhibition includes around 60 works from museums and private collections around the world; fourteen of which are signed by Raffaello,) who was already recognized as a great teacher by the age of 17 (1500.)

This is the first time that three modules of the Colonna Altarpiece are exhibited together in Europe, originally from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of London and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, respectively, as well as three components of the Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Retablo, from the Detroit Institute of Arts and the National Museum of the Royal Palace in Pisa.

The exhibition also dedicates several sections to explore the artist’s influence on great masters from different generations. There is a room dedicated to his presence in the contemporary world, where Raffaello ceases to be perceived as an echo or a myth, to remain eternal and alive in the inspiration and brushstrokes of great painters.


Every day from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closed on Tuesdays

For more information: