This brief video is a visual memory of the great exhibition The colors of charity. Iconography of Saint Vincent de Paul in Italian art between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, on exhibit from 15 December 2017 to 25 February 2018 at the Collegio Alberoni of Piacenza. It has accompanied the more than 4,000 visitors to the exhibition and has introduced them to the works of art on exhibit.
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The Vincentian Charism As Told Through Art
The video briefly describes the most beautiful representations of Saint Vincent and of his charism. Our Fathers, between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, wanted to glorify and to preserve the Vincentian charism through the beauty of art. Beginning with the canonization of Saint Vincent proclaimed by the Church, there began a wave of paintings celebrating the Vincentian charism by top artists, such as Aureliano Milani, Sebastiano Conca and Giacomo Zoboli in Rome, or Vittorio Amedeo Rapous and Michele Antonio Milocco in Turin, or Giuseppe Antonio Petrini in Bergamo, or Giuseppe Peroni in Piacenza, or Pietro Micheli in Pavia and Genoa, and Giacomo Antonio Boni in Genoa.
We have described these masterpieces on video, in order to give a visual testimony and also to allow those who have not been able to take part directly in the exhibition to enjoy its beauty. To make sense of the extensiveness of the devotion to Saint Vincent in Italy, for the first time, a census of all the paintings in Italy was made with a fairly complete report in a catalogue of great value. Those who wish it can request it. We will gladly offer it.
Fr. Erminio Antonello, CM
Province of Italy