600 paintings and works and the precious painting, exceptionally in Belluno: the Madonna del Barbarigo  of  the painter Tiziano.
The Madonna and Child with Mary Magdalene , called Barbarigo is in Italy for the first time after 160 years (until May 1) has a fascinating history.

Madonna BarbarigoPainted around the fifties of the sixteenth century, Titian didn’t  never sell it and kept it until his death in 1576 in home and studio at Calle dei Biri in Venice.

The exhibition The Hermitage Madonna del Barbarigo is an event of great importance, not only because it accompanies the re-opening of the Civic Museum of Belluno , in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, but mainly because it brings the masterpiece by Tiziano in his native land .

The subject is important for its great chromatic expressiveness, but above all because it represents a devotional format established by the Master , replicated and copied in the centuries, until  the sixteenth century.

The colors used by the master are intense, giving live to the figures and defining the beauty of the details. The face of the Virgin Mary, of pale rosy complexion, stands out in the heavenly context of its veil. This veil marks the perfect passage from shadow to light, in a perfect return to the depth. But were all of these tones of blue necessary to create the cape of the Barbarigo Madonna? Tiziano used three of them, each different from the next.

The background of the painting is composed from a mixture of muddy, ferrous (ochre) and white lead pigments. The imprimatur is instead absent, the layers of color were applied directly on the background and joined together by flaxseed oil.

Story of a painting

The history of the painting the Madonna Barbarigo starts to Venice , around the middle of 1500.
In the beautiful lagoon city and more precisely in Calle dei Biri, lives an important Italian painter. His name was Tiziano Vecellio .

Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary 
(Anthony Bond, Joanna Woodall, ISBN 978-1855143579)., Pubblico dominio, Https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9538733

What did Tiziano  in Venice? You should know that in the mid-fourteenth century, he was an established painter and had a shop in Venice.

Tiziano had a son, his name was Pomponio Vecellio. In 1581 Pomponio sells the house of his father , who died in 1576, to a Venetian nobleman: Cristoforo Barbarigo. Barbarigo buys the house and all that it contains , even the master’s paintings. Right between these there is the painting of the Virgin and Child with Mary Magdalene, who took then the name of Madonna del Barbarigo .
Barbarigo palace of Terrace , in the eighteenth century became one of the main places of cultural attraction in Venice. This house contained one of the most famous art collections of the time, thanks to the presence of several works of the Master from Cadore.

The years pass and Barbarigo family decided to sell the entire collection, so  in 1850 the Tsar Nicholas I bought the entire collection to get Hermitage in St. Petersburg , home of Romanov until 1917.

Other works

With its  600 works – from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century –  the collection of the Civic Museum of Belluno is not only one of the richest but the most valuable. There are, in fact, among others, pieces of  Bartolomeo Montagna, Domenico Tintoretto, and Sabastiano Ricci  who has played a leading role in European painting in the Baroque period and the Rococo. In addition to the paintings there is much more: for example Collezione Zambelli with one of the most important collections of eighteenth-century porcelains, the jewelry collection Prosdocimi cocoons, but also rare bronzes  drawings and engravings. You have just has to discover them.
palazzo Fulcis
Belluno: the new Civic Museum in Palazzo Fulcis - 
Photo Credits http://mubel.comune.belluno.it/

The Museum 

Fully restored by Arteco study of Verona thanks to Fondazione Cariverona (an investment of 8milions euro), finally it shows itself in all its glory: three thousand square meters of 5 floors with 24 rooms with valuable original elements. Starting with the frescoes (of all those late eighteenth century of Constantine Cedini on the ceiling of the Great Hall), stucco and floors with decorations pendant Rococo.For info about the museum  mubel.comune.belluno.it 

Photo Credits By BL10 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 How to arrive to Belluno


By car or bus

From Venice-Mestre: Highway A27 (exit Belluno). Then follow “Belluno Centro”

From Trieste: Highway  A4; follow Portogruaro – Conegliano, then to Highway 27 (exit Belluno)

From Udine and Pordenone: State Road 13 to Vittorio Veneto. thena Higway 27, direction Belluno

From Trento: State road Valsugana, follow Feltre and then to Belluno centro

By train

Train line  Padova-Montebelluna-Feltre-Belluno

Venezia-Treviso-Conegliano-Ponte nelle Alpi-Belluno

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