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The rediscovered masterpiece

Eugenio Persico
Aversa (CE), Cento (FE), Bologna, Cesena
26 and 52 minutes

 Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as il Guercino (1591 - 1666) is one of the most important artists of the Italian Baroque. Yet some great works are still missing. Massimo Pulini, a well known art historian,  has recently conducted a complex and difficult research that has allowed him to bring to light a masterpiece by Guercino whose traces had been lost for centuries: the Assumption of the Virgin. The painting, a magnificent altarpiece, was found in the church of San Francesco in Aversa, where it was kept until today without any attribution. Thanks to the exclusive access to Pulini’s research, we will tell the exciting journey of discovery through archive researches, inspections, iconographic comparisons arriving at the happy final twist. The history of the investigation will be intertwined with the highlights of Guercino’s artistic biography through the very high resolution images of his most important works.


subject: Adolfo Conti

screenplay: Adolfo Conti Eugenio Persico

scientific consulting: Massimo Pulini

director of photography: Stefano Petti

music: Pasquale Catalano

producers: Amalia Carandini Adolfo Conti

executive producer: Ilaria Sbarigia

narrator: Teresa Fava

voice historical sources: Pier Felice Bernacchi

camera operator: Tony Costagliola di Fiore

HR photographs of the works: Gilberto Urbinati

shooting assistant: Giulia Peruzzi

editing: Eugenio Persico

accountant: Paolo Lanari


a Doc Art production in collaboration with Sky Arte HD

and with The Sir Denis Mahon Trust


F.G.M. Petroli

the Association of  Cento Entrepreneurs  for culture

and with the patronage of

Municipality of Cento

Municipality of Aversa

Guercino International Studies Center