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 church of Santa Maria della salute was built while the city of Venice was experiencing a devastating outbreak of the plague in the 17th century. In the hope of obtaining deliverance from the pestilence, the inhabitants of the city vowed to build and dedicate a church to the Virgin Mary of Good Health. Unfortunately just a few days ago the church went on fire and one of its most famous painting, Titian’s masterpiece David and Goliath, was damaged by the water the firemen used to put out the fire. The damage is not believed to be serious, but Venice’s museum superintendent Vittorio Sgarbi has ordered the painting be removed for repairs.
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Venaria Reale (near Turin) , one of the most monumental royal palaces here in Italy, will soon host a fascinating exhibition called Dai Templari la Napoleone or From Knights Templar to Napoleon. According to its curators, with their Holy land crusades, battles (first against the Moors and then against Napoleon) and the pivotal role they played in so many important events, the Knights Templar epitomise the fundamentals of European History - their own history in fact goes back over a thousand years, impressive isn’t? Anyway the exhibition Dai Templar a Napoleone will run from 28 November to 11 April 2010 and people will also have the uique opportunity to visit the amazing interior of the Venaria Reale, a beautiful palace which used to belong to the Savoia Family who ruled Italy until 1946. Besides the paintings by Tiziano, Annibale Carracci, Rubens and Goya, the exhibition will also display a wide array of rare manuscripts and jewels.