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
"Caravaggio in Chile. Light from the Baroque": Saint John the Baptist, a 1602 work belonging to the prestigious collection of the Capitoline Museums in Rome, has been on display in Santiago since 20 October, where it will remain exhibited until 18 December. The painting's subject is "Little Saint John", that is, a young John the Baptist; this theme was one of the painter's favourites and represents his ideal of male beauty.
As explained by Salvatore Bernabei, Renewables Manager for Enel Green Power Latin America, "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. It's the same light that characterises and inspires Enel Green Power, that is, the energy that 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 Saint John the Baptist, is a source of great pride for us".
The exhibition of this work of art in Santiago is possible thanks to the partnership between Enel Green Power and the Capitoline Museums in Rome, an agreement that aims to emphasise Italian artistic heritage around the world. Moreover, this important cultural event takes place in the same year that EGP celebrates its first GW of energy production from renewable sources, "an achievement that comes from the effort of an extraordinary group of people, driven by values of sustainability and innovation", in Bernabei's words.
Nicola Cotugno, Country Manager for Enel Chile commented: "this initiative coincides with a new moment in our evolution. Enel has made a clear commitment to alliances that improve the quality of life of Chileans and that represent a contribution to the country's progress. We want to be an open company that listens and communicates with the local community and creates collaborative ties aimed at building a better, culturally integrated society that is responsible towards its territory and on the ground".
Sergio Guarino, Curator and Art Historian at the Capitoline Museums, explains how "Saint John the Baptist" by Caravaggio "is a masterful combination of apparent lightness and intrinsic seriousness. The simplicity of this work, held in the Capitoline Museums since the mid-eighteenth century, is immediate and disarming. In the past, this apparent simplicity drove viewers to search for hidden meaning within the painting. 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".