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Bastianino
The Living Cross of Ferrara

4. quarter 2020 to late 1. quarter 2021
Gemäldegalerie

This large-format altarpiece with its unusual depiction of the “living cross of Ferrara” – an allegory from the Old and New Testament – was given to the Gemäldegalerie by the Humboldt Universität Berlin as a permanent loan and restored with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung in 2018/19. Upon completion of the restoration work, the painting will be presented to the public in a focussed exhibition.

Though the altar painting – which originates from the Santa Catarina Martire monastery and church in Ferrara – is based on two works by Garofalo, the lively painting style of the late Mannerist Sebastiano Filippi (also known as Bastianino, ca. 1532–1602) is unmistakable. The “living cross”, produced ca. 1560–70, is possibly the only work by Filippi held by a public collection in Germany.

A special exhibition of the Gemäldegalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

 

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Sebastiano Filippi, called Bastianino, Living Cross of Ferrara, ca. 1570, detail of Ecclesia, immediately after the varnish was removed, with the overpainting still in place
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Maria Zielke
Gemäldegalerie

Special Exhibition in Summer of 2020: The Restoration of Bastianino’s Living Cross of Ferrara

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