Enel Green Power Brings Caravaggio to Chile

Published on Friday, 21 October 2016

From 20 October to 18 December, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago will display "John the Baptist”, in Chile thanks to Enel Green Power

Caravaggio lands in Chile. For the first time, a painting by the famous Italian artist will be displayed in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, thanks to the collaboration between Enel Green Power, the Italian Embassy to Chile and the Italian Institute of Culture. 

“From 20 October to 18 December will be possible to admire "John the Baptist", a work painted by Michelangelo Merisi around 1600 and also known as "Youth with a Ram”, which belongs to the prestigious collection of the Capitoline Museums in Rome.”

“The innovative use of light that distinguished the works of Caravaggio four centuries ago is known throughout the world and opened up, thanks to his inimitable use of chiaroscuro, a new way of representing reality by simultaneously giving his works both drama and pathos”, said Salvatore Bernabei, Renewables Manager for Enel Green Power Latin America. “The same light and energy characterises and inspires Enel Green Power. It allows us to work with passion and curiosity and to tackle, openly and creatively, new market challenges with the goal of improving people’s quality of life. This is why the presence of Caravaggio in Chile, through his work John the Baptist, is a source of great pride for us".

According to Nicola Cotugno, Country Manager for Enel Chile, this initiative coincides with a new step we are taking, where the Group has made a clear commitment to the opening of new alliances that improve the quality of life of Chileans and that are contributions to the country’s progress. "We want to be an open company that listens and communicates with the community and creates collaborative ties aimed at building a better, culturally integrated society that acts responsibly towards its surroundings".

Caravaggio’s "John the Baptist", held in the Capitoline Museums since the mid-eighteenth century, is a masterful combination of apparent lightness and intrinsic gravitas. This simplicity, immediate and disarming, "led viewers in the past to think think what was visible was too easy, and thus they would look for hidden meanings within the painting,” - explained Sergio Guarino, Curator and Art Historian at the Capitoline Museums. “Caravaggio, however, completely in line with the great tradition of Italian religious art, rediscovers the time of the sacred, which overcomes the rhythms of existence, without ever distancing itself from human life and from daily experience. His works are not icons portraying holy figures absorbed in their own unattainable faith, but instead speak of flesh, blood, stupor, torment and, at the same time, of grace, the search for God and for mystery”.