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21/01 - 08/03/2012

Santo Tomaino. Epic painting

Type: Contemporary Art

Epic Painting is the title chosen by Gianni Mercurio for the exhibition hosted at the Museo Carlo Bilotti dedicated to Santo Tomaino, clearly alluding to the most striking and evident peculiarity of his painting: the epic narrative quality of his images.

Born in Calabra in 1954, Santo Tomaino, an artist working in Turin, since the 70s focused his research on the medium of painting, even in its most intriguing aspects, and on the return to figurative art, with references to symbolic values and to the American action painting. A selection of major paintings drawn from the latest series of paintings and a series of preparatory papers will be on display at the Museo Carlo Bilotti: for the first time in Rome, an exhibition that highlights the long artistic career of the artist.
The protagonists of Santo Tomaino’s tales are a fabulous and rich bestiary along with other mythological and arcane creatures, but a mythology plunged into contemporary or the artist’s history. The protagonists of these new myths move among us, against the backdrop of our cities, in the fields of battles fought during old or current wars, or they occupy the landscape of his childhood memories, the forests of the Sila, the land of which he was raised. The constant and imaginative interweaving of myth and reality, the use of metaphor is the method developed by the artist to retrieve the narrative idea of the pictorial language.

Marina Mattei e Gianni Mercurio


Museo Carlo Bilotti
Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm;
Last admission 1/2 hour before closing time;
Closed: Monday.
During Temporary Exhibition: Tuesday-Friday: Staff-led tours (visitors must be accompanied by a staff member): tours start every 30 mins, from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm; length: 45 mins. Saturday and Sunday: self-guided tours.

Entrance ticket

"Current Exhibitions + Museum" Combined Ticket:
Adults: € 7,00;
Concessions: € 6,00;

Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID):
- Adults: € 6,00;
- Concessions: €5,00;

Concessions and free of charge: conditions

10% discount on food and beverage at the Casina del Lago coffee bar by showing the Museum ticket purchased on the same day.

- Groups (max 25 visitors): guided tours are available either for the museum and/or exhibition. A booking service is available for groups (max 25 visitors) for an additional booking fee of € 25,00;
- Schools (max 25 pupils/students): guided tours are available; booking is required for the admission.

Booking for individual visitors is available only when purchasing online tickets. If you book in advance you can skip the line by going directly to the ticket window.

Phone booking: tel. +39 060608 (daily, 9.00 am – 9.00 pm).

Online tickets: Additional booking fee: € 1,00.


Info: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm)

Further information

Promoted by: Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico - Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali.


Zètema Progetto Cultura.

With the collaboration of

Sponsors of the exhibition: Satrel spa, Srl
Sponsors of the Civic Museum Network: Banche tesoriere di Roma Capitale: BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Unicredit, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena; Il Gioco del Lotto; Vodafone; Finmeccanica

With the technical assistance of

Atac; La Repubblica

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