About the exhibition
The Sala delle Cariatidi within Palazzo Reale changes its look to host the new exhibition dedicated to the Ciclo di Orfeo, a jewel of 17th-century art focused on nature and wildlife which is now displayed in its original attire. The exhibition features important loans which include Caravaggio’s Fruit Basket (Canestra di Frutta, in Italian) up to the Metal Plate with Peaches by Giovanni Ambrogio Figino. Visitors admiring the exhibition now have the chance to admire the different interpretations and figurative expressions of nature from 1400 up to 1600. Moreover, the exhibition serves as the ideal stage to highlight the innovations introduced by Leonardo da Vinci in the depiction of nature, animals and wildlife .
The Ciclo di Orfeo is part of the Raccolte Civiche del Comune di Milano (the City’s collection of Milan’s Municipality) and gathers 23 large-size paintings depicting over 200 real-size different animal species immersed in a dreamlike panorama. Few human characters including Orpheus and a young Bacchus complete the scenes. The works on display are enhanced by a forest of highlighted letters, sounds of nature and echoes from wildlife, as well as multimedia contents and video screenings.