With his essay on Lorenzo Lotto, art historian Bernard Berenson re-established Lotto’s fame and accorded him the position in the history of art that he thoroughly deserves. He was the first Italian painter to reveal on the faces of his sitters the lights and shadows of their inner life, the turmoil beneath the surface. He had a strong, singular vision which was not understood by his contemporaries who would prefer Raphael or Titian to him. Now the city of Rome is hosting a major exhibition dedicated to his extraordinary art, putting on display such invaluable masterpieces as the altarpiece for the church of Saint Domenico and the famous Madonna of the Rosary.
The Royal Academy Of Arts in London is to host an important exhibition called Treasures from Budapest: European Masterpieces from Leonardo to Schiele. The exhibition will showcase more than 200 works including paintings, drawings and sculpture from the early Renaissance to the twentieth century. Important works by such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Goya, Manet, Monet, Schiele, Gauguin and Picasso will be on display, many of which have not previously been shown in the UK. Treasures from Budapest: European Masterpieces from Leonardo to Schiele which will start on September 25 has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (which houses the state collection of international art works in Hungary, including the famous Esterházy collection) and with the partnership of the Hungarian National Gallery.
To coincide with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, four of the ten tapestries designed by Raphael for the Sistine Chapel will be shown for the first time alongside the full-size cartoons for them at V&A Museum in London. The designs were woven into tapestries (commissioned by Pope Leo X) at the workshop of Pieter van Aelst in Brussels, Europe’s leading centre for tapestry-weaving. The cartoons were brought to England by the future Charles I in 1623. From 1865 onwards due to their extreme fragility, the cartoons have been on loan from the Royal Collection to the V&A; the exhibition which will run until October 17 has been made possible by a collaboration between the V&A and the Vatican Museums.
Raffaello’s works are worth millions and even one of his smallest paintings if put on the block, could easily fetch 40 million euros! I say this because a small painting by this artist has just been found in a cellar under Palazzo D’Este after centuries of neglect. Actually it was the precious and richly decorated frame which at first caught the eye of Mario Scalini, an important art expert which manages the art department in Emilia Romagna. Apparently the painting which depicts the head of a woman was started by the Maestro and then finished by one of his most famous and talented pupils: Giulio Romano! Infra-red examination has provided information on its structure and materials, confirming Mr Scalini’s attribution!
Anna Tantangelo and Gigi d’Alessio are two popular Italian singers; well known abroad the two singers are now expecting their first child together. Gigi d’Alessio who started his career in Naples, his hometown, is, along with other famous southern singers such as Gigi Finizio, Gianni Celeste and Gianluca Capozzi, the leading exponent of that New-melodic school which has its roots in the deep south of Italy. As for Miss Tatangelo, since she won the Festival of Sanremo at age of 16 in 2002, the young singer has been cynosure of all eyes, attracting the almost obsessive interest of tabloids and paparazzi. Her breast enlargement a few years ago ignited juicy gossip here in Italy, so take a look at our gallery showing Anna Tatangelo at her best!
It’s the first great exhibition devoted to Beato Angelico: The Dawn of The Ranaissance since 1955 (two major exhibitions dedicated to this great Tuscan artist which took place in Florence and the Vatican in the 1950s). This time visitors will have the rare opportunity to get a closer look at works now beautifully restored and that are on display at the Capitoline Museums in Rome for the first time.
The exhibition aims to shed a stronger light on the different aspects of this extraordinary artist who was drawer, painter and miniaturist; this art show charts his career from the early years - with a hint of Gothic style - to the long period he lived in Rome when his works were far more monumental. Here a list of some of the works you will be able to see (the exhibition will run until 11 July): The Tebaid, Our Lady of The Cedars , the famous Cortona triptych, The Annunciation, Paradiso or Paradise and more.
And if you are an art buff, don’t miss out on two other important exhibitions; one dedicated to Giotto (Rome) and the other to Raffaello in Urbino, his hometown!
Source | Corriere.it
Along with the exhibitions devoted to Della Robbia and Giotto, this year we’ll have the rare opportunity to see Raffaello ‘s juvenile works which will be on display at the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in Urbino from 5 April 2009 onwards. More than 20 paintings and 19 drawings will be on exhibition and for the first time visitors will also be able to compare his works to those of other artists (Raffaello’s father included)
The idea behind this rather astonishing display of artworks is to underpin the importance of the city of Urbino in Raffaello’s life and art; among these paintings and drawings the public will also have the opportunity to get a closer look at a series of majolica artefacts the artist created in his youth. Raffaello was one of most cultivated, influential and versatile artists of the Renaissance.
In Vicenza celebrations have begun to celebrate the fifth centenary of the birth of Andrea Palladio. In fact, on September 20 we will see the inauguration of “Palladio 500” at the Palazzo Barbaran da Porto.
Blog dolce vita already reported on tours of Venetian villas designed by Palladio, and weekends to book in these villas. But this is truly a not-to-be-missed exhibition that celebrates the genius of Palladio who, from being the son of a miller, became an architectural genius and one of the most celebrated architects of the last 500 years.
To retell the Palladio story, a group of international experts from Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and the US undertook five years of research to collect unique photograms of the architect’s works, collected from over 80 museums and libraries in Europe.
Piazza del popolo is one of the most visited places in Rome. Maybe because tourists have to go that way to reach Pincio or maybe simply because they like taking a stroll down Via del Babbuino, though I’m pretty sure that many of them will never meet with Caravaggio‘s and Pinturicchio’s paintings. They are not on display at any exhibition, one should just step inside a Church called Santa Maria del Popolo where they have been hanging for centuries.
A list of masterpieces that will take your breath away. Just a few titles to brush up your Art knowledge: The Crucifixion of Saint Peter and The Conversion of Saint Paul by Caravaggio and to top it all frescoes by Pinturicchio.
The church was built on Nero’s tomb or so they say at least and the annexed chapel projected by Raffaello hosts several statues by Bernini. A sacred, beautiful place that holds many invaluable treasures. It can be easily reached by bus or if you prefer by subway. Check it out! You won’t be disappointed!
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