His portrait in the Galleria Palatina is one of the masterpieces of Titian, known for his depictions of popes and emperors, no less. Pietro Aretino lived and produced his writings at a pivotal moment for Italian history and art: the age that witnessed the triumph of Michelangelo and Raphael in Rome and the dissemination throughout Europe of the culture that developed amid the pomp and splendour of the court of Popes Julius II, Leo X and Clement VII in the first three decades of the 16th century. In a word, Aretino lived in the very heart of the "Modern Manner", to use the term coined by Giorgio Vasari in his Lives of the Artists published in 1550 and 1568. The exhibition is broken down into five sections illustrating the main events in Aretino's life and the succession of scenarios stretching from his early days in Arezzo and Perugia to his arrival at the papal court in Rome and to his move to northern Italy, first to Mantua and finally to Venice.
The exhibition is curated by Anna Bisceglia, Matteo Ceriana and Paolo Procaccioli.