BOLDINI VS. VAN DYCK: ON DISPLAY AT THE SAVOY GALLERY, TURIN – from September 30th to January 8th

Van Dyck's "Children of Charles I" (1635, oil on canvas)

The Savoy Gallery continues the series of events housed by its recently inaugurated “Spazio Confronti” – this time, it puts on display two of the most representative European portraitists of all time: the Baroque Anton Van Dyck (1599 – 1641) and the modern(ist) Giovanni Boldini (1842 – 1931). Although they lived more that two centuries apart and were characterized, without a doubt, by different creative visions and approaches to painting, they both struggled with trying to encompass the elusiveness and rambunctious energy radiating out of the children they portrayed (even when complete stillness was required).

Boldini's "Portrait of little Subercaseaux boy" (1891, oil on canvas)
Boldini’s “Portrait of little Subercaseaux boy” (1891, oil on canvas)

This time, the two “opposing” paintings are Van Dyck’s “Children of Charles I” (1635, oil on canvas), already belonging to the permanent collection of the Savoy Gallery in Turin, and Boldini’s “Portrait of little Subercaseaux boy” (1891, oil on canvas), usually housed by Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Ferrara and arriving now, for the first time, in Piedmont’s capital.

Both painters try to depict an accurate image of the high society of their time, concentrating upon the dazzling brilliance of the fabrics, reproduced with rare refinement and elegance. The chromatic notes chosen by Boldini, playing on shades of white, black and gray, are inspired by the great Flemish portraits of the seventeenth and especially the paintings of Van Dyck, whose art he studied during his stays in the Netherlands and England.


WHERE: Savoy Galley, Manica Nuova di Palazzo Reale, Via XX Settembre, 86

WHEN: in Turin from September 30th, 2016 to January 8th, 2017

HOW MUCH:  visit included in the ticket for Polo Reale: €12, free entrance for under 18 and over 65 years old, citizens with disabilities and a family member or other accompanying person, owners of Abbonamento Musei Torino+Piemonte Card.

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