12/19/2006, 00.00
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First time Vatican Museum artworks on display on Chinese soil

“Art and Religion – Special Exhibition of Italian Paintings from the Golden Age – 14th-17th Centuries” opened its doors last Friday. Works from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and the Baroque from various Italian museums are on display.

Taipei (AsiaNews) – For the first time, works of art from the Vatican Museums are on display in a Chinese museum. An exhibition opened last Friday at Fu Ren Catholic University titled “Art and Religion – Special Exhibition of Italian Paintings from the Golden Age – 14th-17th Centuries”. It features paintings from the Vatican Museums but also from the Siena and Brera Art Galleries, the diocese of Bergamo’s Bernareggi Museum, etc. They are from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. They were selected to draw the public’s attention to the value and meaning of life, presenting the various stages in the life of Christ and several saints.

The exhibit shows the “Life of Christ” and the “Life of the Church” through works from the Golden Age of Italian art, i.e. from the 14th and the17th centuries.

Organisers—Fu Ren University’s Museum curators, Taiwan’s Regional Bishops’ Conference, and the National Palace Museum—have trained some 300 volunteers in 42 lessons from July 8 to December 10 to serve as guides.

The exhibition was four years in the making and required close cooperation with Italian museums. It is scheduled to close on March 15, 2007.

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