Caravaggio, Tintoretto in Prato

From the Banca Popolare di Vicenza's collection

(ANSA) - Prato, September 29 - Works by Bellini, Caravaggio, Tiepolo, and Tintoretto go on view beginning October 5 at the Civic Museum of the Tuscan city of Prato.
    The museum housed in the late 13th-century Palazzo Pretorio will showcase 86 paintings on canvas and wood from the Banca Popolare di Vicenza collection, some of which have never been displayed in public before. The show curated by Fernando Rigon groups the paintings dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries into four sections: religion, classicism, portraits, and nature.
    The section on religious paintings will include a Crucifixion by Giovanni Bellini, Caravaggio's The Crowning with Thorns, and a Madonna and Child by Filippo Lippi. The second section comprises paintings inspired by the gods and mythological heroes of Graeco-Roman Antiquity, from an Apollo by Cesare Dandini to Alexander's Entry into Babylon by Gaspare Diziani. The portrait section is made up of commissions by Renaissance Venetian officials, showcasing among others works by Tintoretto and Santi di Tito, a Tuscan-born 16th-century pioneer of a style that was to become Baroque painting.
    Painters in the nature section will include lesser-known artists such as Chimenti, Scacciati, Zais and Zuccarelli.
    Through its Returning Masterpieces project, the Banca Popolare di Vicenza has prided itself over the past decade on working to recover art by Venetian masters that has been dispersed over the centuries, including four canvases by Tintoretto coming from European private collections and Giandomenico Tiepolo's Head of an Oriental.