Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Baroque art in Rome, exhibition 2015

In the rooms of Palazzo Cipolla, the Rome Foundation Museum is planning from April 1 to July 26 a new exhibition called "Baroque in Rome. The wonder of the arts."

The works of art that will be exhibited are numerous. Tourists will see statues of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and paintings by Guido Reni, Pietro da Cortona, Simon Vouet, Guercino and others.

Painting by Guercino, on loan from the Vatican Museums (photo Vatican Museums)

statue by Bernini  (photo S.S.P.S.A.E e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze -  Gabinetto Fotografico)

The site of the exhibition is :

On this occasion people interested can visit some monuments in Baroque style and collateral exhibitions. 

the church Santa Maria della Vittoria (photo wikipedia)

work by Bernini for the fountain in Piazza Navona
photo alpav

part of the baroque facade of the church of Santa Maria in Via Lata (photo ap)
the architect of the church was Pietro da Cortona

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Friday, 20 February 2015

History and art on the coast south of Rome

Some cities on the coast just south of Rome, have an interesting cultural heritage and remarkable natural beauty.
However, few tourists visit this area or sometimes just go to some beautiful beaches.
The ancient Romans loved this coast and had built some roads. A major highway was the ancient Appian that had on the way the temple of Jupiter in Terracina.
The ancients also appreciated the wine that is produced from dark times.
Even some Roman emperors had beautiful villas. Nero had a villa at Anzio, Tiberius had an important residence in Sperlonga, the emperor Domitian had a house in the Circeo, the orator Cicero summer resided in Formia near Gaeta.
The island of Ponza was used for the exile of some noble dissidents.

archeology in Sperlonga-photo alpav


In the medieval period and even after the most important city of the area was Gaeta. In this town there is an important seaport.

old church in Gaeta-photo ap

Gaeta has a special place called "montagna spaccata"

the bell tower of the Cathedral of Gaeta

old fresco-photo ap
many works of art are in the Diocesan Museum of Gaeta

old cathedral in Terracina

medieval area of Formia-photo ap

Even the gastronomy of this area is very much appreciated. A Gaeta tourists love the special pizza called "Tiella". Even in the islands of Ponza and Ventotene the inhabitants cook interesting dishes.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Bologna artistic centre

In Bologna, tourists can admire many interesting buildings and beautiful artwork. Many important artists were born in or near Bologna.  Particularly important was the role of the Bolognese painters of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We remember some names: Guido Reni, Domenichino, the brothers Agostino and Annibale Carracci and their cousin Ludovico, Francesco Albani, Guercino and many others. It is easy that people remain surprises.  Also the cultural institutions of the city often propose interesting art exhibitions and every year in Bologna the ARTEFIERA international fair of modern and contemporary art.

Fountain of Neptune-photo alpav

Santo Stefano basilica -photo Luciano B.

San Petronio basilica-photo Luciano B.

the famous towers of Bologna-photo Patrick Clenet (wiki)

old palace in the center -photo Luciano B

old sculpture by Alfonso Lombardi -photo Luciano B.

Ark of Saint Dominic, the monument containing the remains of Saint Dominic.
Worked on the famous monument many sculptors including the young Michelangelo
photo alpav

fresco by Carracci in old palace -photo by wikipedia

important exhibition "from Cimabue to Morandi from February to May 2015
The exhibition is on view at Palazzo Fava. The curator of the initiative is Vittorio Sgarbi

The Bolognese gastronomy is of course well known .Finally, we must not forget that in the city since the Middle Ages worked a prestigious university.
Articles in Italian to know better:

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Art exhibit in Florence, Piero di Cosimo

From 23 June to 27 September 2015, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence will cure an exhibition on the art of Piero di Cosimo, a Renaissance painter is not very well known to the general public.

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For the occasion, some important foreign museums will lend some paintings.

Piero di Lorenzo, called Piero di Cosimo, was born in Florence around the year 1461 and died in the same city in April 1522. For a short time he lived in Rome and worked in the Vatican.
Are famous some of his paintings depicting primitive men engaged in hunting etc.

photos by Civita

Uffizi museum in the center of Florence

a painting by Piero di Cosimo comes from the Spedale degli Innocenti in Florence (photo ap)


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