Enchantment and Disenchantment: the power of ideas exhibition at Palazzo San Francesco, Domodossola, Italy
18 June – 31 December 2021
GUERCINO: St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata – The city of Domodossola in Piedmont, Northern Italy, in collaboration with the Diocesi di Novara and a number of private collections, has organised the re-opening of the church-museum, the Palazzo San Francesco, parallel to the re-opening of the Galletti Civic Museums, after years of restoration and renovation to the upper floors of the 13th Century church of San Francesco, which now houses a museum, and to the nave of the former church, which will display temporary exhibitions, beginning with the current exhibition, Enchantment and Disenchantment: the power of ideas (18 June – 31 December 2021) curated by Antonio D’Amico. The exhibition is divided into three sections; highlighting the history of the Palazzo, the life of St. Francis of Assisi (through paintings by Tanzio da Varallo, Federico Barocci, Bartolomeo Passerotti, Charles Mellin, Ceranino (Melchiorre Gherardini) and Sebastiano Ricci), and a focus on the altarpiece painting, St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata, by Guercino. This same painting was the subject of an exhibition promoted and organised by Sir Denis Mahon, who conceived the idea for the exhibition (having identified the painting as being by the hand of Guercino), together with the Diocesi di Novara, the Soprintendenza of the Piedmont Region and the Foundling Museum, London where it took place between 9 November 2006 – 28 January 2007, entitled Guercino: St. Francis Recovered.