On occasion of the closing event of Restitutions 2016, the exhibit "Beauty Rediscovered. Caravaggio, Rubens, Perugino, Lotto, and 140 other restored masterpieces”, on display at the Gallerie d'Italia from April 1 - July 17 of this year, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano is once again in the spotlight with the inclusion of the Cross of Chiaravalle, a piece from the Grande Museo del Duomo's collection, on loan to the Veneranda Fabbrica by the Oblates of San Celso and restored as part of the project. During the restoration the Physics Department of the University of Milan-Bicocca, together with various university and private organizations, conducted several scientific studies regarding the nature of the materials and the dating of the artifact. In May 2016 a conference dedicated to the results of this project and promoted by the Veneranda Fabbrica in collaboration with the University of Milan-Bicocca will be held in the Sala delle Colonne of the Grande Museo del Duomo.
Restitutions is an initiative promoted by Intesa Sanpaolo. Since 1989 the group has been involved in a project aimed at safeguarding and protecting Italy's public artistic heritage. Every two years this project materializes into a true restitution of priceless works of art. This year, for the first time, the restored works will be put on display in Milan: more than 140 masterpieces from all over Italy, brought together in a single exhibit which spans not only centuries but also every artistic technique.
For the entire duration of the Rediscovered Beauty exhibit, anyone who visits the Grande Museo del Duomo may present his or her admission ticket at the Gallerie d'Italia ticket office and visit the exhibit for the reduced price of € 3,00. Furthermore, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano has also selected the work by Angelo Marini (known as "the Sicilian"), Mary Magdalen carried by angels,restored in 2014, to be included in the exhibit dedicated to Returns to the Future, the thematic program which the city of Milan will be presenting during its 2016 cultural Spring (March 22 - May 31), which includes Restitutions.
The statue was created in the third quarter of the 16th century and is part of the museum's collection.