Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo moves on to Rome

After a month-long exhibition in Milan (see editorial of 3/12/09), the Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci from the Louvre is being presented, from 1st to 31st January, at the Palazzo Venezia in Rome as part of the show Il Potere e la Grazia. I Santi Patroni d’Europa, thanks to funding once again from ENI, the petroleum company. The news was announced only today on the internetwebsite of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali.
As always at the forefront in organizing exhibitions, the Louvre has thus created the concept of works of art as American movie stars who make guest appearances at ongoing shows, as this one which opened last 8 October.

We wonder why the museum did not inform us, when we asked them about the presentation in Milan, about the fact that the painting would then be sent to Rome for another month. Does that mean that this new venue was decided at the last minute after a request from ENI and Silvio Berlusconi, who is official patron for the exhibition ? This would seem to be the case. What will be the next stop after Milan and Rome ?

Didier Rykner, mercredi 13 janvier 2010

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