To mark the ‘ Por­trait of a Man’ ex­hi­bi­tion in Naples by An­tonello da Messina,

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Ri- Tratti: five pho­tog­ra­phers re- in­ter­pret the Por­trait of a Man by An­tonello da Messina. Unmissable

five pho­tog­ra­phers re- in­ter­pret the mas­ter’s oeu­vre, us­ing visi­tors to the mu­seum as their mod­els. At Gal­lerie d’Italia

Or­ga­nized to co­in­cide with An­tonello da Messina’s‘ Por­trait of a Man’ ex­hi­bi­tion cur­rently be­ing held at the Gal­lerie d’Italia, ‘ Ri- tratti, An­tonello in­con­tra la fo­tografia’ is an ex­hi­bi­tion within an ex­hi­bi­tion. Five pho­tog­ra­phers, cho­sen by pho­to­jour­nal­ist Mario Laporta, Gal­lerie d’Italia’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, of­fer their per­sonal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Por­trait, re­con­struct­ing his soft play of lights and the pos­ture of the orig­i­nal model, us­ing visi­tors to the mu­seum as their mod­els. To mark the last day of the ex­hi­bi­tion, on 10 Jan­uary, the most in­ter­est­ing works of fif­teen pho­tog­ra­phers will be ex­hib­ited for pub­lic view­ing. The pho­to­graphic con­test, at­tended by thou­sands of visi­tors, kicked off in De­cem­ber and fea­tured rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of the paint­ing by renowned Ital­ian pho­tog­ra­phers of the cal­iber of Francesco Zi­zola, Ce­sare Ac­cetta and Paolo Ran­zani. The last two dates, sched­uled to be held re­spec­tively on 4 and 8 Jan­uary, will see Daniele Ratti and Ugo Pons Sal­a­belle offering visi­tors their per­sonal pho­to­graphic takes of the por­trait. The event is or­ga­nized by Gal­lerie d’Italia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Civita and pho­to­graphic agency Controluce. The haunt­ing ‘ Por­trait’, an oil on wood, was painted by An­tonello in 1476. On loan from the col­lec­tions of the Civic Mu­seum of An­cient Art head­quar­tered at Palazzo Madama in Turin, it is on ex­hibit in Naples for the first time ( un­til 10 Jan­uary) thanks to an ex­change agree­ment with the Turin- based mu­seum. The ex­hi­bi­tion of An­tonello’s Por­trait marks the open­ing of the ‘ Il­lus­tri­ous Guest’ project, which will see mas­ter­pieces from pres­ti­gious col­lec­tions trav­el­ling around Italy. To sign up as a model for the Jan­uary photo shoots, just com­plete the form posted on the Gal­lerie d’Italia web­site ( www. gal­leried­i­talia. com) and send it via mail. Be­low, sev­eral shots of the shoot­ing by Francesco Zi­zola and Ce­sare Ac­cetta

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