Milan Design Week features a Mimmo Paladino exhibition at the Palazzo Reale and in the Piazza Duomo. The “Salt Mountain” monumental piece from Paladino is in front of the building, near the Duomo, and is part of an exhibition open until July 10. It is part of many scenes you can see on the streets of Milan, including the Moka coffee maker to celebrate 150 years of Italian unification, a Banana Republic piece of orange chairs called “Not do Fragile” and an Arcimboldo head by Philip Haas. See our gallery of Milan Design Week street art.
There are artists which history forgot and this despite the seminal importance of their works. So we are glad to publish the news that a major exhibition dedicated to Melozzo da Forli, one of the most neglected and talented artists in art history will soon take place in his hometown. The exhibition will not only put on display his most beautiful paintings but will also give the public a deeper insight into the art of the Masters who most influenced him; from Beato Angelico and Mantegna to Bramante and Piero della Francesca. The exhibition organised by Studio Wilmotte et Associes and Lucchi & Biserni will open on January 29 and run until June 2011.
In this hot Italian summer we’re having, if you find yourself stuck in Rome and not at the beach there are plenty of things to do and see in the world of art and culture, some of which provide air conditioned locations. Exhibitions in Rome open for the summer are many and varied and start with a painting exhibition from Pio Pullini of 25 years in Rome from 1920 to 1945. Paintings show life during WWII and the costumes and traditions of Rome in those years, often with a touch of irony. It’s on show at the Museo di Roma, Palazzo Braschi.
Then there’s the exhibition on Greek art at the Musei Capitolini, but if you want something more romantic, take in the watercolours of Rome by Ettore Roesler Franz (1845-1907) at the Muse di Roma in Trastevere, or the etchings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi at the Casa di Goethe. If you’re interested in quirkier exhibitions, there’s the ‘Cinema di Piombo‘ about Italian crime in the 1970’s (also in Trastevere), or the exhibition on renewable energy art at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Photography in Rome is represented by the exhibition of William Klein’s works of Rome (famous for being an assitant director to Federico Fellini) from 1956 to 1960 at the Roman forum museum. Urban landscapes by Joel Sternfeld is also on at the MACRO and some beautiful photography of Italian artisanship by Francesco Filangeri can be seen at the Sala S.Rita. These come before Rome celebrates its festival of photography in September at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
Celebrations of La Dolce Vita and Fellini continue with the “Da Manara a Fellini - Viaggio da Roma a Tulum” exhibition along the banks of the Tiber, and also at the Trajan markets museum with “La Dolce Vita 1950-1960, gli anni d’oro della cronaca rosa” from August 3 to November 14. And if you want something that combines a little of everything of the dolce vita, check out the Philip Guston exhibition followed by aperitifs and live jazz at the Museo Carlo Bilotti at the Villa Borghese.
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An old and precious fresco was discovered in Rome yesterday by a group of workmen who were redoing a room at the famous Campidoglio; the experts are now trying to give a name to its talented author; apparently the precious fresco which dates back to the 14 th century was severely damaged in the 1960s by another workman who, in order to connect two lengths of electrical cable together, made a hole in the eyes of Jesus!
The remains of Italian painter Caravaggio have been found in a cemetery at Porto Ercole, in Grosseto. Via carbon dating and metal tests to determine the possible presence of lead and mercury residue (commonly used by painters), scientists are 85 percent sure that the bones identified by them are those of the 16-17th century artist.
It was believed that Caravaggio was buried in the Porto Ercole cemetery in 1610, so carbon dating has been used to determine the age of the bones. Known as Caravaggio, the artist was, in fact, Michelangelo Merisi by name and so scientists started with the Merisi names in the cemetery. Caravaggio is considered the ‘maestro’ of the school of Baroque art and his remains have been found just a few weeks before the 400th anniversary of his death (July 18, 1610).
Recently, an exhibition of his work in Rome had record crowd numbers attend and in an article in the New York Times, art historian Philip Sohm poses the question whether this “Michelangelo” Caravaggio has become more popular than the Michelangelo of the Renaissance. With this timely find of the remains of Caravaggio, Baroque is back in the spotlight.
Source | Il Messaggero
As if the Da Vinci Code weren’t enough, an Italian has lodged a formal request with France to exhume the body of Leonardo Da Vinci, from what is believed to be his tomb at Amboise, in the Loire, France. It’s just another bizarre twist in the myth of the Mona Lisa and the genius of Da Vinci.
The idea behind asking to exhume his body would be to examine the skull of Leonardo Da Vinci to determine whether the Mona Lisa (called the “La Gioconda” by Italians), is in fact, a self-portait of the artist. What’s more, it seems that the French government may grant the request, and that the operation could take place by this summer.
It’s another step in the weird analyses taking place of the Mona Lisa, which include the study of the Mona Lise smile apparently due to high colesterol. For more details on that take, see the The Telegraph.
Source | Artsblog.it
From 16 December to 31 January the city of Florence will host an exhibition called Santi, Poeti, Navigatori; partly dedicated to Amico Aspertini, one of the most enigmatic and controversial artists of the Renaissance period, this amazing exhibition - which is part of the Mai visti prima project - comes on the heels of another art show dedicated to the painter and which took place in Bologna (Amico Aspertini’s hometown). Thanks to this new exhibition, visitors wil have the unique opportunity to see the masterpiece which the artist painted for Alessandro Achillini; the painting which was purchased for 300,000 euros by the association Amici degli Uffizi has now been donated to the Florentine museum. 2009 has undoubtedly been a great year for Amico Aspertini’s admirers!
The “La bella principessa” painting could be a work of Leonardo da Vinci, according to reports. If that is the case, the painting (”Beautiful Princess” in English) of a woman dressed in Renaissance clothing, would be valued at millions of euros.
The small painting was previously attributed to a German artist and was last sold in 1998 for a mere 19,000 USD. A carbon dating and infrared analysis will now be conducted to see if the painting is, in fact, the work of the great Italian master.
According to experts, the expressive technique of the work gives weight to the theory of it being a piece of Italian art from da Vinci; and apparently a finger print of the great Italian artist has been found on the potrait. The work, originally sold as “Young Girl in Profile in Renaissance Dress”, is possibly of Bianca Sforza, daughter of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan.
Source | The Times
From 12 December to 11 April 2010, the small town of Castelfranco Veneto, near Treviso, will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Giorgione’s death (he was born in Castelfranco around 1477). At present we do not have other details about the exhibition but we have been told that the famous Castelfranco Madonna, which is now on display at the cathedral of Castelfranco, will be one of the chief attractions of the upcoming exhibition, so stay tuned if you want more information on it.
The exhibition dedicated to Pinocchio, its myth and iconography and which is taking place in Varese has so far been visited by 5, 400 people. In short it’s unexpected success!
Children visiting the exhibition will also have the opportunity to interact with Pinocchio and other fairy tale characters. The exhibition called Pinocchio Illustrato e altri personaggi di fantasia features more than 60 works by famous illustrators from across the world; tens and tens of drawings and illustrations that are for the first time on display at Varese’s magnificent city hall (Villa Baragiola). Don’t miss out on it!