David with the Head of Goliath (oil on canvas) by Carlo Dolci considered the greatest Florentine painter of the seventeenth century, is one of the works selected for Rivelazioni - Finance for Fine Arts, a special program sponsored by Borsa Italiana and the Pinacoteca di Brera, with support from L’Uomo Vogue which is publishing the catalogue.
Rivelazioni will cover the restoration of 10 paintings on canvas and a cycle of 21 frescoes, most of which are in the storage rooms of the Pinacoteca di Brera. Thanks to this project, the paintings will be cleaned, repaired and made permanently available for public viewing.
Thanks to the efforts of Pitti Immagine, after it is restored, David with the Head of Goliath will be included in the monographic exhibition dedicated to Carlo Dolci that will be held in Palazzo Pitti, Florence from June to October 2015.
“The Pinacoteca di Brera”, says Gaetano Marzotto, president of Pitti Immagine, “has one of Europe’s major art collections. We are proud to be part of a project as worth as Rivelazioni to be able to contribute to the restoration of a such an important work of art”.
And, he continues “Pitti Immagine has long given its support to art. We are committed to enhancing our cultural heritage, and promoting dialogue between different and similar artistic disciplines. And then, we feel that we are truly a national institution, a tool serving Italy and Made in Italy. We were born, and are based in Florence – the heart of our business, but we feel equally at home in Milan where we work and invest. This project is almost like a parable: a painting in a Milan museum – Pinacoteca di Brera, by a Florentine artist will be loaned to an exhibition in Palazzo Pitti…”
“David with the head of Goliath”, 1680
Oil on canvas, 130 x 102 cm.
Carlo Dolci (Florence 1616-1686) was most famous for his small, beautifully executed and intensely emotional paintings. These qualities brought him success and earned him the admiration of the grand ducal court in Florence and beyond. He painted powerful portraits that are known for their clear, sharp style. The David with the Head of Goliath in the Pinacoteca di Brera which was originally the companion piece to a Salome is proof of this. It combines classical composure with intense expressions, refined colors and a realistic rendering of the fabrics. All these qualities will once again be brought fully to light after the restoration that will remove the darkened varnishes and altered retouches.