The exhibition is part of a program for the protection of the artistic patrimony, which in the last five years has centred on wooden sculptures between the 17 th and 18th centuries. Restorations on a small and larger scale have been financed by the contribution of the Foundation, thus continuing a commitment, which has been going on for nearly twenty years.
The exhibition intends to study for the first time in an all-encompassing manner the role of wooden sculptures in the Asti region within a definite period, between Mannerism and Baroque, interpreting the area as a crossroad of many different artistic influences, thus acknowledging the most varied experiences, from the Flemish contributions (Michele Enatem) to those of the Lombard and Lugano regions (either settled in Asti, as the Bonzanigos, or attributed to Casale, as the Cassinas, or to Turin, as Plura) or in any case to the Apine and Pre-alpine areas between Lombardy and Piedmont, to the presence of numerous workshop in Turin, such as those of the Clementes, of Ignazio Perucca or of the Rivas, and as the still different influence of the Ligurian production.
An important contribution of the exhibition and one of its novelties in the large number of testimonies of the 17 th century, which lead to a re-evaluation of the baroque period trough the rediscovery of the role the workshop of Michele Enaten in Asti, whose masterpieces end up being a sort of monographic journey within the collection.
Another novelty of the exhibition is given by the restoration of works, which, after the elimination of heavy repaintings can be admired in their original beauy.