Exclusive Italian Art Comes to Tallahassee

By: Lanetra Bennett/ Amy Long Email
By: Lanetra Bennett/ Amy Long Email

To get tickets visit: http://www.thebrogan.org/

One of the most important cultural exchanges ever between Italy and the United States is happening in Tallahassee.

Vincenzo Campi and Nuvolone are among the many renowned artists whose works will leave Italy and make their way onto the walls of the Mary Brogan Museum in Tallahassee.

"It's groundbreaking, it's history-making." Said, Brogan Museum C.E.O. Chucha Barber.

For the first time ever, Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the most prestigious museums in Italy, will lend 50 Baroque paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries to another museum.

Barber said, "The essence of Baroque is all about drama and that ultimate dramatic point. These are incredible Baroque masterpieces, some of which have never been seen as much as 400 years old."

But, they may not be seen in Tallahassee if the museum doesn't get help.

Barber and her team are scrounging up support to pay for securing and displaying the invaluable collection.

"You can only imagine what shipping costs are from Italy to the United States."Said, Trish Hanson, Brogan's Chief Operating Officer.

Hanson says the masterpieces are worth 25 million euros. That's 33.6 million U.S. dollars.

But, Hanson says the exhibition is worth so much more.

Hanson said, "For the opportunity to perhaps spark an interest in one of the children's eyes by seeing something that comes directly from Milan that even the Milanese people have not even seen; to perhaps spark them to become artists or learn about restoration. That, I think, the value of that for the community is quite unique."

The Italian Ambassador and other Italian dignitaries are expected to visit Tallahassee.

Barber says prestigious universities have also inquired about visiting the exhibit.

She says the exhibitions and additional visits will help boost the local economy.

The exhibition runs at the Brogan from March 18th through July 24th.

The museum has a number of ways you contribute, including an Adopt-a-Painting program, where you can help finance the refurbishing of one of the paintings.

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