15 Dec-17 Mar. After the controversial discovery of some drawings, initially attributed to Caravaggio, this exhibition pays homage to Simone Peterzano (1540-1596).
The Rocchetta Courtyard and the Treasure Room, located inside Castello Sforzesco, host the precious tables created by this late Mannerist painter and famous master of Caravaggio as well as some works by several artists from the 17th and 18th century. Peterzano started his career as a pupil of Titian in Venice. In Milan he debuted with the counter façade frescoes in S. Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore (1573), influenced by Veronese and Tintoretto. For the church of S. Barnaba in Milan he painted two canvases with histories of Sts Paul and Barnabas. A Pieta was painted for the Church of S. Fedele and a Pentecost for S. Paolo Converso (now in Sant'Eufemia). His frescoes, executed for the presbytery of the Garegnano Charterhouse, are considered one of his masterpieces. Among his latest works, characterized by a cold monumental style, is an altarpiece with St Ambrose between Sts Gervasius and Protasius, created in 1592 for the Duomo of Milan and currently kept at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.