04 April 2023 / 03 December 2023
On the bicentennial of the excavations in the Capitolium area, the Athenaeum of Brescia and Fondazione Brescia Musei are promoting an exhibition dedicated to Luigi Basiletti (1780-1859), the creator, promoter and director of the extraordinary archaeological campaign that culminated on July 20, 1826 with the discovery of the Winged Victory and then with the inauguration of the Museo patrio in 1830.
Roberta D’Adda, Bernardo Falconi, Francesca Morandini.
The exhibition will be held on the main floor of Palazzo Tosio, home of the Athenaeum and the subject of recent restoration and enhancement of part of the collection of Count Paolo Tosio, a close friend of Basiletti.
Sections of the exhibition will trace the fascination exercised by antiquity on the young painter since his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (1801-1803) and, above all, of his first stay in Rome (1803-1809). Extraordinary will be the nucleus of documents related to the excavations at the Capitolium, the Museo Patrio and finally to the challenging publishing project of the Brescian Museum Illustrated, conceived by Basiletti in 1826.
Paintings, drawings, engravings, notebooks, books, medals, and archaeological finds will allow people to relive the aura of an artistic and archaeological season made unique for Brescia precisely because of Luigi Basiletti, an absolute protagonist of the city’s cultural life in the neoclassical age.