Monday, 25 September 2017

Carlo Bononi, the last dreamer of the Ferrarese school

Carlo Bononi, at Palazzo dei Diamanti -Ferrara
14 October 2017 – 7 January 2018

The new exhibition at Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara is dedicated to a remarkable artist although little known. Bononi occupies an important role in seventeenth century art history.

The artist worked mainly in Emilia but stayed briefly in Rome where he saw the paintings of Caravaggio and painted in various parts of Italy.

Bononi's artistic commitment to his era was also appreciated by Guido Reni.

Guardian angel
Ferrara, Pinacoteca Nazionale su concessione del MiBACT
photo by studio esseci

the Virgin with saints
Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie
photo by studio esseci

The artist was very good at painting nude men. Bononi's works have long been neglected by specialists as well. A fair revaluation of his art has been going on for some time.
Tourists visiting the exhibition also have the opportunity to admire a beautiful city like Ferrara.

the cathedral

the castle estense

For those who love Renaissance art it is advisable to see the frescoes of Palazzo Schifanoia. Those who are interested in medieval history are instead advised to visit the Pomposa abbey a few kilometers away from Ferrara.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Metmuseum and Michelangelo

November 13, 2017
February 12, 2018
The Met - Fifth Avenue
The Tisch Galleries, Gallery 899, 2nd floor
The exhibition will present many works by the artist from Florence: approximately 150 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, some other things. The people will see also some complementary works by other artists for comparison and context. Among the extraordinary international loans are the complete series of masterpiece drawings he created for his friend Tommaso de' Cavalieri and a monumental cartoon for his last fresco in the Vatican Palace. Visitors will also be able to see a handwritten letter from Michelangelo owned by the Civic Bertoliana Library in Vicenza.

Buonarroti gifted to the friend de' Cavalieri four designs of a new type of real, complete work intended as gifts rather than sketches or studies. Giorgio Vasari argued at the time that they were very interesting works.
The four famous designs are titled: Punizione di Tizio, Rapimento di Ganimede, Caduta di Fetonte and the Baccanale dei Fanciulli.

the punishment of Tizio

Tommaso de 'Cavalieri, it seems, was a refined man to whom many artists demanded opinions. On his friendship with Michelangelo there were several gossips.
At the time the painter Marcello Venusti often asked Tommaso to look at Michelangelo's designs for making his paintings.

In the spring of Rome, in the Capitol Museum, people saw the design "The Sacrifice of Isaac" by Michelangelo around 1530 and casually discovered in Casa Buonarotti in Florence.

the expo in Rome, spring 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Christian cross rediscovered

A cross dated 1143 was found in Bologna in 2013 during the work on the pavement of the portico of the church of S.Maria Maggiore. The stone cross was broken into fragments.

After the necessary restoration, the medieval cross is now exposed in the Civic Museum of Bologna.

Crosses of this type in the Middle Ages were placed over columns demilitarizing sacred areas. In the XII and XIII centuries in Bologna there were many of these columns with crosses. The following is a cross design in a book by Giovanni Gozzadini published in 1863.

The few found crosses are often visible in museums.
In the basilica of San Petronio there are four mysterious crosses. According to a medieval legend they would have been erected at the end of IV century by Sant'Ambrogio of Milan in four important points of the city of then. 
A popular tradition argues instead that the four crosses were placed a few decades later on San Petronio's initiative.

a cross in San Petronio church

Bologna in the Middle Ages had a good university and was home to many religious and secular organizations.
Two old towers (degli Asinelli and Garisenda) are the symbol of the city. The churches of San Petronio, Santo Stefano and San Domenico are remarkable.



Sunday, 17 September 2017

Guido Reni in a small town in Sicily

After the earthquake in the Marche, it is necessary to find funds for the restoration of various works of art. Nicosia, a town in Sicily, to help take care of a small exhibition that includes a picture painted by Guido Reni and two other paintings from Ascoli Piceno.

The exhibition, open until the beginning of November, shows in particular the Annunciation of Guido Reni and two paintings by Giacinto Brandi.

Nicosia, while being a small town, houses several works of art. Particularly in the cathedral there are: a beautiful marble triptych by Antonello Gagini, a remarkable baptismal font, a painting by Jusepe de Ribera, a precious wooden roof with decorations of the fourteenth century.

entrance of the cathedral

the ancient wooden roof of the cathedral is visible on some occasions

In this Sicilian town there are other ancient churches and some historic buildings.

Nicosia: San Salvatore church

on the occasion of the reported exhibition are proposed cultural itineraries

Nicosia is in the province of Enna and until recently a dialect called Gallo Italic of Sicily was spoken. This is due to ancient migrations from northern Italy when in Sicily there were the first Norman kings.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Pienza, exhibition by Florence Academy of Art

At Pienza a group of young artists from Florence Academy of Art until October 8, 2017 intends to make known some of the works of art recently realized.
Artists of different nationalities are sixteen. Beginners have been carefully selected by a commission.

The initiative is called "La forma della bellezza" and takes place in the old Palazzo Salamone Piccolomini.
The exhibition is in collaboration with the Biagiotti association for Art.
The town of Pienza is particularly suitable for hosting art exhibitions as the construction of the most important part of the village is due to the renaissance culture of Pope Pius II. The realization of some exhibitions of works made by young people has been planned by Roggero Roggeri and Sara Mammana. 

the town of Pienza in an old photo

the cathedral of Pienza 

Pienza is in the beautiful Val d'Orcia not far from Siena. In this blog you will find other documentation about the town and the area.


Friday, 8 September 2017

Ambrogio Lorenzetti

In Siena, in the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala, from October 22, 2017 to January 21, 2018, a large exhibition on the painting of Ambrogio Lorenzetti will be open to the public.

The painter is particularly well-known to the tourists for the extensive frescoes ( Allegory of Good and Bad Government) that can be admired in the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena, but many other works are known only to the specialists. Consequently, the exhibition is an opportunity to get to know its different paintings.  Among other things some of his paintings have been restored recently.

Lorenzetti was born around 1290 and died in 1348 during the plague epidemic that came to Siena. Even his brother Peter was a good painter.  The style of Ambrogio was often original.
His works are also visible in museums in Boston, New York, Paris and so on.

Santa Maria della Scala in the Middle Ages was a hospice for pilgrims. Some rooms are frescoed. The museum is not far from the beautiful cathedral of the city