The "Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew" at the city's art museum

Ravenna - Until 30 Aug 2020
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9-18, Sunday 14-18
The "Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew" at the city's art museum Art&Culture


Mar-Museo d'arte della città - Via di Roma, 13 - Ravenna
Tel. 0544 482775 / 482487


Nicolò Rondinelli's "Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew" will be exhibited at the MAR - Art Museum of the city of Ravenna on the occasion of the reopening to the public. The work was purchased by MAR in 2018 and will remain on display until 30 August 2020.

The museum also opens following all the necessary requirements, to allow visitors to carry out the visits safely and return to a renewed normal: the visit to the collections is one-way and follows a retrospective line that starts from the contemporary to go back to the oldest works.

To encourage the purchase were the particular consonances with the ways of Ravenna Nicolò Rondinelli to whom owes the renewal of the figurative civilization in Ravenna between the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth century, when the city experienced a period of rebirth under the protection of the Lion of San Marco. The painting, described as the Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, was generically referred to an Italian painter of the sixteenth century.

On closer examination, the attribution hypothesis found comfort in the recomposition of the Madonna enthroned with the saints Nicola da Bari, Pietro, Bartolomeo, Agostino and three musician angels, known as the Pala di San Bartolomeo, built by Nicolò Rondinelli for the Ravenna church of San Domenico and which is now located in Brera. Historiography considered one of its best proofs, the altarpiece was equipped with a predella, now dismembered, with the salient scenes from the life of the Saint.
Two were known and referred to the Miracle of the lamp and the Flagellation of St. Bartholomew, both preserved in Philadelphia, at the Museum of Fine Art, but trace of the martyrdom of St. Bartholomew, although documented by scholars, was lost. With the discovery of the missing piece, the Braidense altarpiece can be said to be recomposed. And if for Ravenna the acquisition constitutes a natural return home, its "restitution", to studies and to the scientific community, closes a circle that from now on relates the Museum of Ravenna to Brera and the Museum of Fine Art in Philadelphia .

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20 people will be allowed to enter every 20 minutes.