Vatican Museums inaugurate “Divine Creature” exhibition


Ten photographic works by Leonardo Baldini, author of the project, that revisit as many masterpieces of sacred art, from the Renaissance to the beginning of the twentieth century, create an iconographic itinerary around the main stages of the life of Jesus, from the Annunciation to the Resurrection.

Inaugurated in the Hall of the Vatican Museums, the exhibition by Baldini, curated by Micol Forti, entitled Divine Creature, from a project conceived by Adamo Antonacci-Stranemani International, was created together with Silvia Garutti. The exhibition, after being presented at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, arrived at the Vatican Museums.

The “actors” involved to give face, body, and expression to the characters of the sacred story, which revolves around the main stages of the life of Jesus, are men, women, and children with disabilities, together with their families.

More than 45 people are involved and about 20 technicians including make-up artists, costume designers, and set designers, as well as lighting and photography directors.

In addition to the photographs and reproductions of the original works, some props and backstage photos are also exhibited to show the quality and complexity of the work of the youngsters and of the many specialists involved in the realization of the set and post-production process.

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The masterpieces involved in this “mystical walk” are: the Annunciation of Palermo by Antonello da Messina (1476), the Annunciation by Caravaggio (1609), the Adoration of the Child by Gherardo delle Notti (1620), the Angiolino musicante of Rosso Fiorentino (1521), The kiss of Giuda by Giuseppe Montanari (1918), the Ecce Homo by Lodovico Cardi known as the Cigoli (1607), Christ and the Cireneo by Titian (around 1560), the Lament on the Dead Christ by Mantegna (1475-80), the Transport of Christ to the Sepulcher of Antono Ciseri (1870), and the Supper of Emmaus by Caravaggio (1606).


The exhibition, with free admission until March 3, is accompanied by a bilingual catalog (Italian/English) published by Mandragora in Florence, with texts by Adamo Antonacci, Leonardo Baldini, Micol Forti, Barbara Jatta, Andrea Mannucci, Antonio Natali, Mons, and Timothy Verdon.

Photos © Mario Masciullo