One of the greatest art museums in Italy is the Pinacoteca di Brera. It is found in Milan and offers a number of stunning pieces of art that are centuries old. The Andrea Mantegna work from 1498 is one of the pieces that hangs in the museum. It is the Lamentation over the Dead Christ. People from near and far come to gaze upon it.
The painting has been very real and it makes it look as though the flesh of Christ is real, which can be very disturbing for many. There are also the faces of Saint John and the Virgin Mary within the photo.
The Mantegna had almost always hung in the same area of the gallery. In December of 2013, it was moved, replacing it with a Carpaccio. However, the Mantegna was still in place, simply moved to another area where it hung on a black wall, recessed, and at waist height. It was behind heavy glass and lit well in order to show off ore of the details.
The art had been removed from the frame, showing the edges of the canvas. By doing so, it was possible to see new angles and the compression that the Christ figure had was no longer as extreme. The image began to make more sense for more people who had always been troubled by the foreshortening.
The museum curator had decided to change the way that the Mantegna, as well as the Madonna by Bellini, were displayed. It would place it into new context so that lovers of the art world could examine it in new light.
The reason for the change?
The Milanese art circles have suffered an upset, however, While some people are pleased to see the art the way that it was intended, others are genuinely upset with the move. They believe that a desecration of fine art has happened.
The professor at the Accademia di Brera believes that the move was a disaster. He feels that the painting looks more like a projected slight with the lighting and recess. The design for the new installation was done by Ermanno Olmi, who is a film director. He chose to hang it just 28 inches from the floor of the museum.
While many are upset with where the Dead Christ has been moved, it will remain there and art enthusiasts from around the world are heading to Milan in order to render their own thoughts.
Tickets for this museum can be found online on several websites.