From the Medici to the Rothschilds – art patrons, collectors, philanthropists

The image accompanying the News on the exhibition “Dai Medici ai Rothschild. Mecenati, collezionisti, filantropi” at the Gallerie d'Italia - Milan is a portrait of Lorenzo the Magnificent by Agnolo di Cosimo called il Bronzino and workshop

“From the Medici to the Rothschilds. Art patrons, collectors, philanthropists” is the title of the exhibition that the Gallerie d’Italia – Milan is dedicating to the great bankers who, in the role of buyers, collectors and philanthropists, have marked the history of collecting and taste.

The exhibition includes more than 120 exemplary artworks of their collections from prestigious international museums. Curated by Fernando Mazzocca and Sebastian Schütze with the general coordination of Gianfranco Brunelli, it features works by Verrocchio, Michelangelo, Bronzino, Caravaggio, Gherardo delle Notti (Gerrit van Honthorst), Valentin de Boulogne, Antoon Van Dyck, Angelika Kauffmann, Francesco Hayez and an unpublished work by Giorgio Morandi.

Many of the greatest art patrons of all time were major bankers: the exhibition commemorates the figure and the choices of collectors through their portraits and their personal stories, often rich in humanitarian initiatives.

One of these was the “humanist" banker Raffaele Mattioli, a leading figure in the economic and cultural renaissance in post-war Italy: his prestigious acquisitions for the Banca Commerciale Italiana - now part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group - and his work as a major publisher set an extraordinary example, to which the “Progetto Cultura” of Intesa Sanpaola has given continuity and confirmation.

The Milan museum, together with those in Turin, Naples and Vicenza, is part of Intesa Sanpaolo’s Gallerie d’Italia museum project.

Open to the public from 18 November 2022 to 26 March 2023.
For information on opening times and admission, visit the Gallerie d’Italia website.