Thursday, February 07, 2013

Vatican inaugurates art exhibit on Year of Faith




February 7, 2013 (Romereports.com)  A unique art exhibit brings together for the first time 40 paintings on the life of Saint Peter, from museums all across the globe. The Vatican is hoping the works featuring the first Pope can serve as inspiration for the Year of Faith.

FR. ALESSIO GERETTI
Coordinator, “Peter's Journey”
“Peter is a man with whom anyone can identify with, believers or no believers. Peter was enthused in recognizing Jesus as the son of God before others. But he was weak by denying him during the most critical time of the master's life.”

Jan Brueghel the Elder, Luca Giordano, Simon Vouet, Mattia Preti and Eugène Bunard are just a few of the artists that throughout history have depicted Saint Peter and have showcased his commitment to God.

FR. ALESSIO GERETTI
Coordinator, “Peter's Journey”
“Peter resembles us in many ways. So we thought to explain 'what is faith?' during the Year of Faith, we did not want an abstract definition. Instead, we present a concrete example, a fascinating adventure, which remains so today.”

The exhibition brings together 40 works of art that range from the Fourth to the Nineteenth Centuries; from Russian iconography, to the use of the three dimensions during the Renaissance, or even the light and dark contrasts from Barroque art. Other works, like art and film are also highlighted. 

FR. ALESSIO GERETTI
Coordinator, “Peter's Journey”
 “In newer methods, we have words that decode themselves, film projections of actors, of scenes from plays that showcase parts of the Gospel within their scripts, or even movie quotes.”

In “Peter's Journey,” there are a few works that are on display for the first time ever, such as the “Liberation of Saint Peter” done by Luca Giordano in the Seventeenth Century, and which belongs to a private collection from London.

The exhibit also features work on loan from other museums such as the d'Orsay in Paris, Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid and the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

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