L’arte per l’arte – Painting the affections: Sacred art in Ferrara from the 16th to the 18th Centuries

“L’arte per l’arte” returns to the Este Castle. Following a project formerly organized by Comune di Ferrara, here is presented a little known artistic heritage of great significance for our city and a journey through time from the sunset of the Este dynasty up to the Enlightment
After the exhibition of works by De Pisis, Boldini, Previati and Mentessi, from the Modern Art Galleries of Ferrara, now it is the turn of the paintings owned by the ASP – Centro Servizi alla Persona di Ferrara – that have been on long term deposit at the Musei di Arte Antica since the 1970s.

From Mannerism, Naturalism, and the Baroque, this itinerary includes fascinating and unexpected painters, among whom Scarsellino and Carlo Bononi stand out for their quality and originality. Then, we will be introduced to other personalities, such as Bastarolo, from the late Fifteenth Century, Gaspare Venturini, the mysterious Giuseppe Caletti, to move up to the second half of the Seventeenth Century, with Giuseppe Avanzi, Giacomo Parolini and Giuseppe Zola.

But why “Painting the affections”? To evoke the emotional and familiar language that develops after the “Concilio di Trento”, when art was required to act as a mediator between the faithful and religion, through the visible and the invisible, through naturalistic form that are familiar and act on the emotions. At the same time, the title recalls the humanitarian vocation that is behind the institution where the canvases came from: the institutions created to help those in need, such as orphans and women in trouble.


Castello Estense – Largo Castello – Ferrara


January 26th-December 26th, 2019


9.30-17.30.  Last entrance: 16.45. Monday closed on January, February, October, November, December.


Full price: €8,00 – Reduced: €6,00
School parties: €3,00
Children under 12 years-old: €1,00


  • Up to age 6


Ferrara – Castello Estense – Largo Castello