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Get Set for Baroque
October 31, 2013   
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The National Museum in Warsaw has organized a series of lectures, meetings and concerts to accompany its exhibition of work by Italian Baroque painter Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino.

The exhibition, entitled Guercino. The Triumph of Baroque. Masterpieces from Cento, Rome and the Polish Collection, is on show until Feb. 2.

Lectures. The National Museum’s screening room will host a series of lectures. Starting Nov. 3, every Sunday at noon art historians Urszula Król and Przemysław Głowacki will be giving a talk entitled Guercino. The Master of Baroque Contrasts and dealing with Guercino’s paintings and drawings and the wide diversity of artistic styles in the 17th century.

Nov. 7, 6 p.m.
Hercules and Atlas: Two Paintings by Guercino from the Capponi Family Collection. Teresa Capponi-Borawska, a writer, journalist and lecturer at the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Warsaw takes a broad look at two exceptional works by Guercino, viewing them in their historical and political context; she also tells the story of the Capponi collection.

Nov. 14, 6 p.m.
Visual Religious Poetry of the Baroque Period. Piotr Rypson, deputy director of the National Museum in Warsaw, will talk about little known works of poetry from the Baroque period that combine words with images and use a wealth of iconographic forms—as evidenced by poems arranged in the shape of a cross and works conjuring up the image of the sun, stars, animals or architecture details.

Admission is free to all lectures.

Meetings. Nov. 21, 6 p.m.
In Search of 17th-Century Fabrics in Paintings by Guercino. Monika Janisz, an expert on decorative arts at the National Museum in Warsaw, will focus on the garments worn by the figures in Guercino’s paintings. To what extent do these reflect the diversity and sophisticated beauty of the outfits of the time?

Nov. 28, 6 p.m.
Guercino in the Eyes of an Italian. Roberto Privitera, an Italian lawyer who heads the Center for Italian and European Legal Studies at the University of Warsaw and is an art collector, takes a close look at Guercino’s career to show that even the painter’s serious eyesight defect (Guercino means “cross-eyed” in Italian) did not stop him from developing his talent.

The meetings will take place at the exhibition venue (starting in the main lobby). Tickets to the exhibition required.

Baroque music concerts. Organizers: National Museum and the Italian Cultural Institute in Warsaw

Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Accademia Strumentale Italiana conducted by Alberto Rasi: Arias and madrigals for solo voice by Claudio Monteverdi and Giulio Caccini, symphonies, toccatas, dances and fantasias by other famous Baroque composers.

Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Arparla duo: Davide Monti (violin) and Maria Christina Cleary (harp). Dances, Sonatas and Guercino—pieces by Baroque composers.

Both concerts will take place in the museum’s main lobby. Free admission, limited number of seats.
For further information go to www.mnw.art.pl
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