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One I will make sure NOT to miss. PDF Print E-mail
Jul 26, 2014 at 05:22 PM

ImageAnyone who has read my book (My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City) knows how frustrating life can be in this country, especially if you come from places where efficiency is considered a value. But there are certainly reasons for continuing to live here, as I have done now for 40 years (40 years!). One of these is the incredible wealth of artwork and the ability of Italian authorities - local and national - to make these works available to the rest of us.

Here, therefore, is one art show that I am not going to miss even if I have to travel to see it. Starting on July 26th (today) and lasting through November 30 is the from Giotto to Gentile show in Fabriano (in the Marche) that will be featuring painting and sculpture during the 1200s and 1300s', The show, curated by the controversial but surely brilliant art critic, Vittorio Sgarbi, provides a unique insight into little-known medieval masterpieces.

The exhibition in Fabriano's Pinacoteca Civica will be flanked by visits to the churches of Sant'Agostino and San Domenico and in the Cathedral of San Venanzio and will incloude paintings, frescoes, sculptures, miniatures, manuscripts, gold jewellery and altarpieces on loan from major Italian museums and private collections. Among the artists on show is local 14th century painter Allegretto Nuzi, who travelled to Tuscany in 1348 during a plague pandemic and painted the Madonna dell'Umiltà - also portrayed by his pupil in Fabriano, Francescuccio di Cecco Ghissi, in the sumptuous style that made him appreciated by local patrons.

I can't wait!

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