TEN MASTERPIECES… PLUS ONE
You can travel around Italy to discover its masterpieces of art or you can wait for them to come to you which, though rarer, sometimes happens. One such example is Titian's ‘Sacred Conversation 1520', a majestic altarpiece, also known as the ‘Gozzi Altarpiece'. This work, which can be viewed, with free admission, until 14 January at Milan's Palazzo Marino, is on loan from the Pinacoteca Civica in Ancona, a city in Central Italy. Although this work belongs to the traditional genre known as ‘sacra conversazione', it also marks a turning point where Titian goes beyond the standards of architecture and perspective of the 15th century. The choice of showcasing this work also affirms Milan's support for the city of Ancona which, over the past few months, has played a key role as a centre for the storage and preservation of the numerous artworks and masterpieces from the regions of the Marche that were struck by an earthquake, which hit central Italy in 2016.