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July 17th: A Caravaggio All-Nighter PDF Print E-mail
Jul 14, 2010 at 05:25 PM

Judith Beheading Holofernes
Rome's Borghese Gallery and three famous Rome churches will stay open all night on July 17-18 to let Caravaggio fans admire several of his masterpieces on the 400th anniversary of the artist's death near Porto Ercole on the Tuscan Coast.

The Borghese gallery has five Caravaggios on permanent exhibition, to which four major paintings from other Roman galleries will have been added for the occasion: Judith Beheading Holofernes; Narcissus; and two of the Baroque painter's eight John the Baptist canvasses.

In addition, three major Roman churches will be keeping their doors open all night so that visitors can view their precious Caravaggio paintings: San Luigi dei Francesi where the Martyrdom of St Matthew, St Matthew and the Angel and the Calling of St Matthew are located; Sant'Agostino with the Madonna di Loreto painting; and Santa Maria del Popolo with the Crucifixion of St Peter and the Conversion of St Paul.


Italian Arts Guide (ANSA) PDF Print E-mail
Jul 06, 2010 at 10:39 PM

(ANSA) - Rome, July 2 - The following is a city-by-city guide to some of Italy's art exhibitions:

BARI - Castello Svevo: Chiara Caselli, Fotografie; the internationally-acclaimed actress's first solo photography show, curated by one of Italy's leading experts on contemporary art; until July 16.

COMO - Villa Olmo: Pieter Paul Rubens, 25 works plus 40 by painters of his circle including Van Dyck, Jordaens, Thulden; until July 25:


  - Uffizi and Palazzo Pitti: Caravaggio and Caravaggeschi in Florence, 100 works including two recently attributed to the master; until October 10.

  - Accademia and Horne Museum: Virtues of Love, 40 Florentine Renaissance paintings celebrating wedded bliss, from Italian and foreign museums; until November 1.

  - Palazzo Strozzi: De Chirico, Max Ernst, Magritte, Balthus: A Look Into The Invisible; focuses on Metaphysical art, comparing and contrasting this with other movements such as Dadaism, Surrealism, Magical Realism and Neo-Romanticism; over 100 works from public and private collections around the world, until July 18.

GENOA - Villa del Principe: Genoa's most celebrated palazzo celebrates its reopening with a show gathering 80 landscapes in the Doria Pamphilij collections including Caravaggio's Rest on the Flight into Egypt; until September 26.

MILAN - Palazzo Reale: Rome and China, The Two Empires: 450 Imperial Rome and Qin-Han dynasty masterpieces from second century BC to fourth century AD; until September 5.

POMPEII - Entrance to site: exhibition on city's final day on August 24, AD 79; scale of destruction; history of digs; current risks from Vesuvius; present show until August 1 but will later be part of a permanent display introducing visitors to the site.


  - Palazzo Ruspoli: The Colours of Darkness, 39 works of the Caravaggeschi, followers of Caravaggio for centuries overshadowed by the master; until July 18.

  - Mercati Traianei: William Klein, Photos of Rome 1956-60; until July 15.

  - Musei Capitolini: The Age of Conquest: The Lure of Greek Art in Rome; masterpieces looted from Greece between the third and first centuries BC; until September 5.

  - Palazzo Venezia: Renaissance Sculpture. Donatello, Bregno and Michelangelo in 15th century Rome; features some 30 pieces, including some rarely-seen works; until September 5.

   - Palazzo delle Esposizioni; Nature According to De Chirico; showcases 120 artworks from collections around the world and has been timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of De Chirico's creation of the Metaphysical movement; until July 11.

ROVERETO - MART: American Art 1850-1960, 100 works from the Phillips Collection in Washington from 19th-century landscape artists and Impressionists to Hopper, O'Keefe, Pollock and Rothko; until September 26.

SIENA - Santa Maria della Scala, Opera della Metropolitana and Pinacoteca Nazionale: 'From Jacopo della Quercia to Donatello, Early Renaissance Art in Siena'; 300 works including 20 polyptychs reconstructed for the occasion, 25 restored works, loans from around the world; until July 10.

TIVOLI - Villa Adriana: Show charting rise and fall of Hadrian's Villa; dozens of artefacts returned from collections around the world; until November 1.

TRENTO - Buoncastiglio Castle; The Adventure of Glass: From the Renaissance to the 20th Century between Venice and Distant Worlds; brings together over 700 masterpieces celebrating glass production on the Venetian island of Murano; runs until November 7.

TURIN - Fondazione Merz: Mario Merz, Pageantry of Painting; 20 works from European museums and private collections; until September 26.

UDINE - Castello: Giambattista Tiepolo, 20 engravings and 30 other works; until October 31.


  - Magazzine del Sale (Vedova Foundation): Louise Bourgeois, The Fabric Works, 98 pieces by French-American sculptor who died May 31; also some large sculptures including trademark giant spider; until September 19.

 - Ca' Foscari: 20th-century Russian art from the Morgante and Sandretti Collections, from the Tsar to Stalin and Putin; avant-garde, Social Realism and 'unofficial' works by Benois, Koncalovskij, Larionov, Goncarova, Ekster, Chagall, Kandinskij, Malevich, Tatlin, Fal'k; until July 25.


Exhibtion celebrates Hellenization of Roman Art PDF Print E-mail
Apr 02, 2010 at 07:05 PM


The Age of Conquest  (L'Età della Conquista). The Fascination of Greek art in Rome Two weeks ago a major exhibit opened at the Capitoline Museums that celebrates the art that arrived in Europe following the Roman conquest of Greece in the third century b.c.  with a collection of masterpieces from Europe’s major museums.  The exhibit, which will last until the 5th of September,  is the first of a series of five major art shows entitles I Giorni di Roma (the Days of Rome) planned over the next five years  for the city’s oldest museum complex and which will illustrate the artistic influence of Greece in the 300 years from the 3rd to the 1st century BC . The show includes important marble, bronze and terracotta statues and other works that will illustrate the degree of influence that Greek art had on the Roman cultural world and, indeed, on what came after it.

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Caravaggio in Rome: The man behind the myth PDF Print E-mail
Feb 26, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Judith beheading Holofernes

Exactly 400 years ago, Michelangelo Merisi , today known to us all as Caravaggio (the name of the town from which his parents came), died alone, penniless and ill in a poor man's hospital at Porto Ercole in Tuscany. Celebrating the centenaries of an esteemed artist's death has now become the fashion, so it is hardly surprising that celebrations have been planned for 2010, with the keynote being the small but intense exhibit in Rome that opened at the Scuderie del Quirinale on February 20, 2010 and will last until June 13th.

Lichtenstein retrospective in Milan (ANSA) PDF Print E-mail
Feb 25, 2010 at 07:33 PM


(ANSA) - Milan, February 25 - A new exhibition of work by US pop art star Roy Lichtenstein has opened in Milan, tracing his development over the decades and his interplay with other artworks. 'Meditations on Art', on display at the Milan Triennale, features over 100 works by Lichtenstein (1923-1997) on loan from key collections around the world. Although best known for his comic book adaptations, Lichtenstein worked in many different styles over the years, engaging with the paintings and techniques of a variety of other artists. The show, which explores Lichtenstein's work thematically, starts with his creations of the 1950s, which are rarely exhibited publicly. These see him looking to the styles of past ages, revisiting medieval iconography and offering his own interpretations of 19th-century American art, including adaptations of specific works, such as 'Washington Crossing the Delaware' by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze and paintings by William Ranney.

Another movement that fascinated Lichtenstein was that of European Abstract art. In this vein, the exhibition includes his explorations of Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso. But as well as examining various eras separately, he also sought to mix them up, producing works that combine the history and culture of America's Far West, with modernist European styles. Lichtenstein's best known works today were largely created during the early 1960s, when he first shifted his focus to comic-book art - a move prompted by one of his sons, who, while reading a Mickey Mouse comic book, remarked to his father, "I bet you can't paint as good as that". During these years, Lichtenstein used a variety of cartoon images and techniques derived from the appearance of commercial printing, as well as delving into the consumerism linked to advertising imagery. There are several works from this period on show but the main aim of the exhibition is to demonstrate Lichtenstein's remarkable versatility. The show highlights the artist's ability to revisit comic book art and works by grand masters, such as Piet Mondrian and Paul Cezanne, with equal ease. His fascination with different forms and styles continued throughout his life, and the exhibition includes tributes to Cubism, Futurism, 1930s Modernism, Action Painting, landscape painting and still lifes.

But it also showcases Lichtenstein's skill at working in many different mediums, from large-scale canvases and graphic design, through to collage and sculpture.

The exhibition remains at the Triennale until May 30, after which it transfers to Cologne's Ludwig Museum.


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