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 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.


director: Eugenio Persico

locations: Cento (FE). Aversa (CE), Bologna, Cesena

year: 2018

lenght: 26′ e 52′



subject: Adolfo Conti 

written by : Adolfo Conti  Eugenio Persico

scientific advisor: Massimo Pulini

cinematography: Stefano Petti

music: Pasquale Catalano

producers: Amalia Carandini  Adolfo Conti

executive producer: Ilaria Sbarigia

camera operator: Tony Costagliola di Fiore

HR pictures by  Gilberto Urbinati

camera assistant: Giulia Peruzzi

editing: Eugenio Persico

account: Paolo Lanari

Doc Art production in collaboration with Sky Arte HD

and The Sir Denis Mahon Trust    


F.G.M. Petroli       

Associazione Imprenditori Centesi per la cultura

with the patronage of

Comune di Cento

Comune di Aversa

Centro Studi Internazionale il Guercino

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