Art, once again protagonist at the Skyscraper

This year’s art exhibition features the painting Adoration of the shepherds by the Spanish painter Juan Bautista Maíno. The work was lent by the Hermitage of St. Petersburg in the framework of the three-year agreement between the Bank and the Russian museum, one of the most authoritative artistic institutions.
The exhibition, hosted by Spazio Trentacinque, is intended to be Intesa Sanpaolo’s gift for the city of Turin on the occasion of Christmas celebrations. The event is organized together with Fondazione Torino Musei.
In the painting the artist, faithfully following the Gospel of St. Luke, depicts the moment when a group of shepherds and angels adore the Child Jesus. The canvas contains an abundance of elements relating to Italian figurative culture, received by the author during the years of his training. The presence of the twilight landscape in the background is reminiscent of Brescia painting and, in particular, some works by Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo; the shepherd who turns his back showing the dirty plants of his feet refers to Caravaggio’s naturalism; the angels on the upper part recall in a precise way those of Orazio Gentileschi’s L’Assunta, kept in Palazzo Madama-Museo Civico d’Arte Antica in Turin and coming from the church of Santa Maria al Monte dei Cappuccini; from the same master also derives the splendid light and enamelled colour.
That with the painting Adoration of the Shepherds by Maíno is the eighth edition of L’Ospite illustre, the exhibition curated and promoted by Intesa Sanpaolo which proposes an important work on temporary loan from prestigious Italian and foreign museums hosted in the Bank’s exhibition sites , the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan, Naples and Vicenza, and the skyscraper in Turin, which has become a museum space of the same Gallerie d’Italia.
On the occasion of the visit it will be also possible to admire α-cromactive, the installation developed by Migliore+Servetto Architects – as part of the event Luci d’Artista- for the skyscraper and suspended in the bioclimatic greenhouse.

Opening hours
  -  3:00 pm – 8:00 pm on weekdays and 1rst January (last admission at 7:30 pm)
  -  9:30 am – 8:00 pm on Saturdays* and public holidays (last admission at 7:30 pm)
  -  9:30 am – 1 pm on 24th and 31rst December (last admission at 12:30 am)
*Saturday, December 22, the exhibition will open at 3.30pm
 Tuesday, December 25, the exhibition will be closed.

Entrance is free but advanced reservation is required and available on this website from next Monday 17th December.

Juan Bautista Maíno, Pastrana 1581, Madrid 1649, Adoration of the shepherds (detail), 1612-1614 ca, oil on canvas, 143,5 x 100,5 cm.
St. Petersburg, Hermitage of St. Petersburg. | Photograph © The State Hermitage Museum, 2018. Svetlana Suetova, Leonard Kheifets.