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January 23, 2022

European paintings exhibited for the first time at Cotroceni Museum

The 33 works are included in the picture gallery of Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu.

Thirty-three European paintings included in the picture gallery of the National Museum Brukenthal in Sibiu, among which masterpieces of famous painters of the Italian, Dutch and Flemish schools, as well as the German and Austrian schools, are exhibited for the first time at Cotroceni National Museum as of yesterday, Agerpres reports.
According to Cotroceni Museum, the exhibition named “Religious scenes and characters in the European painting of the National Brukenthal Museum collection” will be displayed for the public in the Medieval Area of the host institution.
The religious painting was one of the favorite themes of the painters and art collectors, as exhibition paintings reflect topics of the New and Old Testament with various style approaches. Among the authors of the works exhibited at Cotroceni there are Hendrik Terbrugghen (1588-1629), Dutch painter representative of the Utrecht Caravaggism School, Pietro della Vechia (1603-1678), Venetian artist strongly influenced by Caravaggio during the period he worked in Rome, Francesco Fracanzano (1612-1656), Naples painter, Alessandro Salucci (1590-1655/1660), active in Florence and Rome, Sebastien Bourdon (1616-1671), French painter and engraver, Michael Rottmayr von Rosenbrunn (1654/1660-1730), one of the most famous representatives of the Austrian baroque, Enrico Il Fiammingo (1607-1685), Flemish-born painter settled in Italy, pupil of Ribera la Neapole, and later disciple of Guido Reni.
The exhibition is unique as the works in the European gallery of the National Brukenthal Museum are exhibited for the first time at a Bucharest museum, allowing the visitors to admire works of the 16th and 17th centuries, with an exceptional patrimonial value. The picture gallery of Brukenthal Museum of Sibiu is made around the testament written by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal on January 3, 1802, in such a way as to allow the almost intact preservation of the museum over the 197 years since its official opening, on February 25, 1817. The exhibition which is part of the project “The cultural axes Brukenthal – The South-East Axis” initiated by the National Brukenthal Museum of Sibiu, a project partnering the National Cotroceni Museum, will be open until August 30.

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