Bernardo Zenale's Musical Angels Exhibited in Brera

June 29 2021

Image of Bernardo Zenale's Musical Angels Exhibited in Brera


Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A set of musical angels by Bernardo Zenale (c.1460-1526), painted in 1500 to decorate the parapet of the organ in the church of Santa Maria di Brera, have returned for a special exhibition in the city. The paintings were torn out of their original location when the church was demolished in 1808. The works, then attributed to Leonardo, came into the collection of Andreani Sormani in 1838 and only received their current attribution to Zenale in 1960.

An exhibition dedicated to these pictures will open at the Pinacoteca di Brera on 6th July 2021.


This painting is a real celebration of the many diverse musical instruments the angels are holding, as much as anything else...!

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