Like last year for the ‘Evidenza Caravaggio’ conference, this year ‘we intend to examine works of figurative art in a simple, clear, assured way’, the organizers tell me. The methodological approach of ‘Territorio Goya’ [Goya Territory] (13 and 14 July 2019) is the same, with study days in two well-differentiated sections: one dedicated to documentary research and the other to scientific-diagnostic analysis, two aspects that, together, represent the more definitive side of art history. 


This is in Monte Santa Maria Tiberina and the third in a series of initiatives planned on the work of Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828), aimed at bringing out the importance of his stay in Italy and the cultural tools (not only Italian) which inspired him: especially in the multi-ethnic environment of Rome, in the Via Condotti which, at the time, represented a meeting point for various foreign cultures. 

“And so we too wanted to retrace the roads of Europe, explaining the work of this artist to mixed circles of intellectuals. We started last December 2018 in Malta, at the Institute of Italian culture in La Valletta, with a symposium directed by President Massimo Sarti, supported by Father Marius Zerafa, flanked by the exhibition of the artist’s first self-portrait, done during his stay in Italy, which will also be present here,” they tell me. 

The second initiative was instead held at the prestigious Real Collegio di Spagna in Bologna, with a conference that was attended by Malena Manrique, Paul Erasmus Mangiante and Roberta Lapucci, in addition to the Rector of the College Juan Jose Gutierrez Alonso who brought to light new historical and technical aspects related to the Italian stay of Goya and his portraiture. 

This third event is organized by the municipality of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina and the Pro Loco of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina in the splendid residential seat of Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte and, as last year, co-promoted with the SACI American university (https://saci-florence edu). Sponsoring bodies are the Umbria Region, the Province of Perugia and the Spanish Embassy in Rome. 

In the rooms next to the Monte symposium, during the two days there will be a ‘Discussion and exhibition of two autographed self-portraits of Goya’, and the display of other works possibly by Goya (drawings and paintings) and by Italian masters who influenced him in his youth (with two small but elegant Raphael copies, Raphael being the artist who, together with classical sculpture, represented the main source of inspiration for all the artists who did the Grand Tour in the eighteenth century). 

In addition, an ‘Exhibition by the contemporary artist Pepe de Alba’, entitled ‘Rompere vecchie abitudini [Breaking old habits]’. With great simplicity, Pepe de Alba presents intertwined strands of copper and wool on a white background, which invites us to feel (smilingly) the deep anxiety of our epochal change towards the virtual Renaissance; he wants to express our lack of technical knowledge, loneliness and emptiness, the silence that is felt when there is an urgent need to clear the mind of preceding cultural heritage, but the finalities and objectives of the new expressive means are yet unknown. 

International guests at the Symposium will include Bruno Mottin (Chief Curator of the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France), Maria Lopes Pinto Aguiar, (Catholic University of Oporto), Anna Catellani, (Ateljé Catellani, Stockholm, Sweden), Sergej Androsov (Herrmitage, St. Petersburg), Joan Abellò Juanpere, (Reial Cercle Artistic de Barcelona) Juan Carlos Lozano (University of Zaragoza) José Ignacio Calvo (Goya en Aragon Foundation) Malena Manrique (Fundación del Garabato) . They will be joined by important Italian scholars of importance: Paolo Bensi, (University of Genoa), Alessandra Migliorati, (University of Perugia), Maria Antonia Rinaldi, (SACI, Florence), Paolo Erasmo Mangiante and Roberta Lapucci (SACI, Florence). 

The Art Advisor Antonio Vignali, will this year preside as moderator; his experience is an added value for his precise knowledge of attributive dynamics that relate especially to market factors, as well as for his acute ability to read and stylize. 

“We therefore invite you to Monte Santa Maria Tiberina to understand the new methodological criteria that, together, we will offer for the reading of scientific documents and analyses, with the aim of showing that a work can be attributed to Goya, and to hear about what is emerging from the most recent research on the technical methods of this great master of Spanish art, on whom various exhibitions are scheduled starting next winter in various European countries,” they conclude.



Info: Coordinamento generale: Massimo Gazzarri, Segreteria del convegno: tel. 075 8571003

Segreteria SACI: Anne Pellegrini/ tel.055 289948