• Giulio Romano Mantova
  • Giulio Romano Mantova
  • Giulio Romano Mantova
  • Giulio Romano Mantova


Giulio Romano Mantova

Mantua: City of Giulio Romano
September 2019 - June 2020

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Con nuova e stravagante maniera

The figure of Giulio Romano, pseudonym of Giulio Pippi de’ Jannuzzi (Rome, 1492 or 1499 - Mantua, 1546), the most talented of Raphael's students, will be celebrated by an important event scheduled at the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua.

The exhibition “With a New and Extravagant Manner”. Giulio Romano in Mantua will run from 6 October 2019 to 6 January 2020. Stemming from the collaboration between the Palazzo Ducale Museum Complex in Mantua and the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the exhibition intends to illustrate the figure of Giulio Romano and his “new manner” of making art, especially in the city of the Gonzagas, highlighting its distinctive features and highly innovative aspects.

The project developed by the scholarly committee – consisting of Peter Assmann, Laura Angelucci, Paolo Bertelli, Renato Berzaghi, Paolo Carpeggiani, Sylvia Ferino, Augusto Morari, Roberta Serra and Luisa Onesta Tamassia – with the involvement of the Département des Arts Graphiques of the Musée du Louvre, which will retrace the professional career of Giulio Romano fully and coherently from his beginnings in Rome to his long and intense activity in Mantua, so bringing out the multiplicity of his interests.

His many-sided genius found expression in extremely varied artistic forms and disciplines, from architecture to painting, tapestry and jewelry, with their common denominator in the practice of drawing, in which Giulio had excelled since his formative years in Raphael’s workshop.

Orpheus Slain by the Bacchantes
Giulio Romano and his workshop: Orpheus Slain by the Bacchantes
Turin, private collection

Death of Orpheus
Giulio Romano: Death of Orpheus
Musée du Louvre, Département des arts graphiques, inv. 3494r.

Alongside the works in the Louvre, the exhibition will offer a further rich selection of drawings from the most important Italian and foreign museum collections (including the Albertina in Vienna, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle), together with paintings, prints and maiolica.

The most recent digital technologies will also be used to recreate objects and settings associated with Giulio Romano through 3D reconstructions.

"Palazzo Ducale’s Giulio Romano initiative" says Peter Assmann, director of the Palazzo Ducale Museum Complex, "is intended as a great cultural event that shows the world the exceptional nature of the most famous pupil and heir of Raphael. A master of Mannerism, Giulio Romano left extraordinary testimony to his talent as painter, architect and cultural figure in Mantua.
With a new and extravagant manner, with the prestigious collaboration of a renowned European institution like the Louvre, is an important chance for the city: to go beyond the traditional conception of a temporary exhibition and bring together all the local productive forces around the Palazzo Ducale, so enhancing the image of Mantua as a city of art in Europe and the world. Beyond its specific cultural importance it is an opportunity to network together towards a single great goal of collective growth".

Venus and Putti
Nicola Karcher (after a drawing by Giulio Romano): Venus and Putti
Tapestry, Modena, Galleria Verolino

The Fall of Icarus
Circle of Giulio Romano: The Fall of Icarus
Oil on canvas, Mantua, Palazzo Ducale

“The exhibition With a New and Extravagant Manner. Giulio Romano in Mantua," stresses Jean-Luc Martinez, president and director of the Musée du Louvre in Parigi, "to be held at the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua in the autumn of 2019, is the outcome of an exceptional partnership between the Musée du Louvre and the Museum Complex of the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. The exhibition will make it possible for the rooms of Palazzo Ducale to present a selection of 72 sheets of drawings by Giulio Romano (1492 or 1499-1546) from the rich collection of drawings by the artist preserved in the Louvre, the most important known today.”
"The presentation of the drawings in the Louvre," continues Jean-Luc Martinez, "completed by the selection of a further forty works from other institutions, will enable the public to retrace the whole career of Giulio Romano, the pupil of Raphael who was most deeply influenced by his style and way of working. These sheets will be exceptionally compared to the finished works in order to illustrate the relationship that, at the time, linked the master, his assistants and pupils. These included Fermo Ghisoni, Rinaldo Mantovano and, above all, Giovan Battista Bertani, who would succeed him as director of the work on the Palazzo Ducale after his death in 1546."

The exhibition will be divided into three sections exploring different aspects of Giulio Romano's work, highlighting the "new and extravagant manner" of his art, as described by Giorgio Vasari in the Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects.

Con nuova e stravagante maniera


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Giulio Romano Mantova.
01 Settembre 2019 al 30 Giugno 2020.