An innovative and multimedia exhibition gives life to four gothic sculptures from the famous cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris that will accompany the public to reflect on crucial issues for art: the organization of work in a medieval building complex like that of a cathedral, the theme of the destruction and mutilation of works of art for political reasons, up to that of the integrative "romantic" restoration of medieval monuments, which characterizes 19th-century interventions throughout Europe. The exhibition, curated by the curator of Palazzo Madama Simonetta Castronovo and set up in the Sala Stemmi of the museum, is the result of a collaboration with the Musée de Cluny - Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris.
The event is set up as an exhibition dedicated to the theme of French Gothic sculpture in the first half of the 1200s and, in particular, to the construction site of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. From the portal of the Coronation of the Virgin on the western façade comes the "Testa di Angelo", while from the portal of the northern arm of the transept come the "Head of a magician King", the" Head of a bearded man" and the "Head of a female figure"", an allegory of a theological virtue. These four works, besides being examples of the highest quality of medieval European sculpture, are evidence of that moment of Gothic civilization indicated by the famous art historian Cesare Gnudi as "Gothic classicism" or "Gothic naturalism", which had a strong influence, at the end of the thirteenth century, also on the protagonists of the Gothic in Italy: Giotto, Nicola Pisano, Giovanni Pisano, Arnolfo di Cambio.
The exhibition seals a fruitful relationship with the Cluny Museum, launched in 2015 within the European Network of Medieval Art Museums, established in 2011 to promote joint exhibition initiatives, shared research, conferences and conferences on the heritage of medieval art preserved in such institutions. The network today brings together the Musée de Cluny in Paris, the Bargello Museum in Florence, the Schnütgen Museum in Cologne, the Diocesan Museum of Vic in Catalonia, Palazzo Madama- the Civic Museum of Ancient Art in Turin, the Musée Mayer van den Bergh of Antwerp, the Catharijnconvent of Utrecht and the Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame of Strasbourg.