The Passion in French Art from the Vatican Museums Milan - Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini 21 February - 17 May 2020 Curated by Micol Forti and Nadia Righi

Over 20 works by Paul Gauguin, Auguste Rodin, Marc Chagall, Georges Rouault, Henri Matisse and other protagonists of French art spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, from the collections of the Vatican Museums, retrace the themes of Passion, Sacrifice and Hope.

The exhibition curated by Micol Forti, in charge of the Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums, and Nadia Righi, director of the Museo Diocesano, marks a new chapter in the collaboration between the two institutions, which began in 2018 with the exhibition “Gaetano Previati. La Passione.”

The initiative offers food for thought about the Passion and the Resurrection of Christ, and at the same time the delicate and fertile relationship between modernity and tradition in sacred art in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The show focuses on themes of Passion, Sacrifice and Hope, interpreted by artists with a capacity for innovative, timely vision; the works are shown in four spaces corresponding to four thematic nuclei, from the Annunciation to the Resurrection.

The variety of approaches and outlooks, sensibilities and interests on the part of the many artists who have come to grips with religious themes forms a fascinating fabric, in which the stories of the Passion, suffering and death, the mystery of sacrifice and redemption, have been absorbed and restored with genuine engagement and sincere emotion.