From December 2nd 2023 to April 7th 2024 the exhibition “I Fasti di Elisabetta Farnese. Ritratto di una regina(Portrait of a Queen)” at the Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza will see the exceptional exhibition of six paintings once part of the collections of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza and now exhibited at the museums of Campania region.
Elisabetta, also known as the last of the Farnese, after her youth in the family duchy between Parma and Piacenza married Philip V, King of Spain. The marriage took place by proxy and only after the ceremony she left for Madrid.
The property of the Farnese family thus came into the possession of the Bourbons. The eldest son, Charles, transferred much of the furniture and artworks from the duchy to Naples, since shortly after becoming Duke of Parma and Piacenza he became King of Naples.
Since then only some of the works have returned to the buildings for which they were born.
The exhibition in Piacenza allows you to discover the story of a family that has interwoven relationships through an acute marriage policy with major European families and deepen the character of Elisabetta.
La Regina e il Cardinale, la corona e la porpora
(The Queen and the Cardinal, the Crown and the Purple. The marriage of Elisabetta Farnese in the most important documents of Cardinal Giulio Alberoni)
When: December 2, 2023 to April 7, 2024, on Saturdays and Sundays
Where: Collegio Alberoni, Via Emilia Parmense, 67
On the occasion of the exhibition “I Fasti di Elisabetta Farnese ritratto di una regina,” a number of letters and autographs of Cardinal Giulio Alberoni will be on display at the Alberoni College Library that narrate the genesis of the “grande maneggio(great manege)” (as Alberoni himself called it) that brought the last Farnese to the throne of Spain, the role played by the cardinal and the evolution of his relationship with the young sovereign.
Guided tours will take place every Saturday at 4 p.m. and every Sunday at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., which will include in the itinerary not only the viewing of Ecce Homo but also a visit to the library where an in-depth look at the cardinal’s documents will be devoted.