13 Dec-13 Mar. This exhibition, part of the traditional Brera Unseen cycle, pays tribute to the Lombard painter Enea Salmeggia (1558-1626), nicknamed Il Talpino and considered the Raffaello from Bergamo.
On display is his famous Deposition of the Cross, an altarpiece, created in 1602 and conceived as a sacred drama: every subject has a different posture and attitude, meant to balance the atmosphere of the painting.
There is little information regarding the life of Salmeggia, but he was probably formed in Milan at the shop of Simone Peterzano. Famous are his Enthroned Madonna and Child with Saints, currently kept in the Brera’s Pinacoteca, as well as The Martyrdom of St. Andrew Apostle from 1604 at the S. Maria della Consolazione al Castello. Many of his canvases in the Lombardy pictorial tradition are still in churches and sanctuaries around the Lombardy region, especially in Val Seriana.