30th November 2017 – 6th April 2018
Church of San Gottardo in Corte
Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano
(entrance from Piazza del Duomo, 12)
PIETÀ DI MICCIANO
Entry with ticket for the Duomo - Museum - S. Gottardo in Corte
The Church of San Gottardo in Corte, within the Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano's exhibition itinerary, welcomes one of the most important artworks by the sculptor Venturino Venturi: the great Pietà di Micciano, sculpted in 1997 out of white carrara marble for the Parish Church of Micciano in Anghiari.
Thanks to the collaboration between the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, the Mendrisio Mario Luzi World Poetry Association, and the Venturino Venturi Archive Museum, for the centenary of Venturi's birth the Church of San Gottardo in Corte, according to Milanese tradition the church of artists, reaffirms the sculpture's importance in the study of new artistic forms, capable of reinterpreting the great moments of religious experience through original languages.
“If I did not know Venturino for many years, I would think that artists of that race are by now lost. There emanates from him that legendary quality which we connect with the ancient and perennial idea of the creator of living forms; we can manually touch the birth of an idea that has been thought into the material which must contain and exalt it ; not circumspect, not mediated nor domesticated by modern astuteness: the ancient comparison and the challenge between freedom and limitation reappears”. These words by poet Mario Luzi, a close friend of the sculptor, paint a particularly interesting portrait of Venturi, who spent his life meditating on profound existential themes, among which the theme of the Mother holds particular importance. All of this is the product of the sculptor's personal experiences and in particular the tragedy of the war, which he saw first hand from the Greek-Albanian front where he was seriously wounded.
Art and life thus intertwine in a radical and profound way: the Pietà assumes a universal significance; Christ's sacrifice in the arms of the Mother represents the tragedy of 20th century man, whose journey is marked by tens of millions of deaths and by rivers of blood spilled, in an unprecedented and blind spiral of violence. Of course, as Luzi suggests rereading Jacopone da Todi, “those cruelties exist in and consume His flesh. [Mary] was called the Woman of Heaven and her son was considered blessed. But the gravity of pain shifts a human's, and only a human's, centre through its experience.”.
However, at the end of Venturi's artistic journey there is no pessimism or resignation. The key word is "hope", and the sculptor cannot help but to represent this concept. Perhaps it also because of the Pietà di Micciano never ceases its pilgrimage, so that it may continue to convey its message of pain and hope: the "great statue" left a parish church in a small village in Arezzo to come to Milan, where it was on display on the altar of the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, then travelled abroad to Switzerland, to the Church of Saints Cosma and Damiano in Mendrisio. From there, in the next few weeks it will travel to the Grande Museo del Duomo where, as of 30th November, it will be on display within the Church of San Gottardo in Corte until 6th April 2018.
Entry with Duomo - Museum - S. Gottardo in Corte ticket, starting from €3