Pietro Bembo and the invention of the Renaissance

Heralded as one of the most important art exhibitions in Padua in 2013, Pietro Bembo e l’invenzione del Rinascimento brings back to life, for a few months, the refined cultural atmosphere of the Italian Renaissance.

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After five centuries the great works of Pietro Bembo return to Padua within an Italian Renaissance exhibition: bronzes, coins, antique sculptures, gems, but also major works by Tiziano, Mantegna, Raffaello… masterpieces which the great patron of the arts gathered at his home during his stay in Padua, that started in the first decades of the '500. An extraordinary collection of art that Pietro Bembo developed following his undeniable aesthetic taste and his passion for studying the past, transforming his house into an ancestral modern museum, a place of connection and comparison to the rich artistic culture of the time.
 
The Pietro Bembo exhibition in Padova wants to celebrate this multifaceted figure who, in addition to his passion for art, became a true patron of culture in general: in an era in which Italy as we know it did not exist, Pietro Bembo became the promoter of unification based on the language, encoding the rules of the Italian language in the works of Boccaccio and Petrarca.
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