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From Guercino to Boulanger. Reggio Virgin Mary, diffusion of a miraculous image

Exhibition dedicated to the diffusion in the artistic field of the miraculous image of the Ghiara Virgin Mary. In the Museum Palace, via Spallanzani 1. The event will not take place February 29 and March 1, 2020.

December 7, 2019 - March 8, 2020

The exhibition focuses on the main marks of the diffusion of the worship and examines a selected collection of paintings depicting the Ghiara Blessed Virgin Mary's iconography; paintings made between the late XVI century and the mid XVII century, in which each one represents an urban town centre of the Po River territory and, overall, a large area that produced flows of pilgrims towards Reggio Emilia.

On display are works made by important painters of the time, from Guercino to Giovanni Lanfranco, Ludovico Lana, Jean Boulanger, Lucio Massari, Domenico Cresti called the Passignano, Carlo Bononi.


Full list of the works on display:

1. Giovanni Lanfranco, Ghiara Virgin Mary and the Saints Francesco d'Assisi and Rustico, about 1610-1612, 273 x 173 cm, Napoli, Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte

2. Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called the Guercino, Ghiara Virgin Mary with San Pietro penitent, San Carlo Borromeo and the donor in the presence of the client, of San Carlo Borromeo and of an angel, 1618, oil on canvas, 229 x 155 cm, Cento (Ferrara), Pinacoteca Civica

3. Domenico Cresti called the Passignano, Ghiara Virgin Mary with the blessed Gioacchino Piccolomini and Andrea Avellino, 1626, oil on canvas, 230 x 156 cm, Forlì, Church of San Pellegrino Laziosi dei Servi di Maria

4. Carlo Bononi, Reggio Virgin Mary with Saint Archbishop and San Francesco, 1615-1620?, oil on canvas, 205 x 144 cm, Ferrara, Archbishop Seminary

5. Jean Boulanger, Ghiara Virgin Mary with San Giorgio, about 1652, oil on canvas, 267 x 160 cm, Pergola (Pesaro Urbino), Sant’Andrea Cathedral, Graziani Chapel

6. Zeno Donise, Ghiara Virgin Mary and the Saints Rocco, Mamaso and Sebastiano, first decade of the XVII century, oil on canvas, 200 x 140 cm, Roncobello (Bergamo), Church of the Saints Pietro and Paolo

7. Francesco Borgani, Ghiara Virgin Mary, 1604, oil on canvas, 212 x 141 cm, Mantova, Parish Church of Sant’Apollonia

8. Reggio Emilia Manufacture, Ghiara Virgin Mary, before 1623, ivory and ebony, 20 x 12,4 x 10 cm, Uffizi Galleries, Treasure of the Grand Dukes

9. Ippolito Scarsella called the Scarsellino, Ghiara Virgin Mary, about 1606, oil on canvas, 168 x 150 cm, Spilamberto (Modena), Parish of Sant’Adriano III Pope

10. Ludovico Lana, Ghiara Virgin Mary, 1630-1640, oil on canvas, 220 x 150 cm, Fanano (Modena), Church of San Giuseppe


Free guided tours:
December 25-26, 29, January 5-6: 4.30 p.m.


Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 - 7.00 p.m.


free entrance


Civic Museum

Via Spallanzani, 1 42121 Reggio Emilia
Fax. 0522.456476

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