Thursday, 18 June 2015

Contemporary art in Brianza

Brianza is an area at the foot of the Alps, in the North-West of Lombardy.  The Brianza is also famous for several beautiful villas built by prestigious people who in time also bought works of art.
From June 28 to October 4, 2015 tourists will see many of these collections of contemporary art.

Points of the exhibition are: Villa Filippini, Palazzo Arese Borromeo, Villa Cusani Traversi Tittoni, Villa Brivio, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lissone.

Palazzo Arese Borromeo in Cesano Maderno, photo by wikimedia (Marcuscalabresus)

Villa Cusani, Traversi, Tittoni in Desio

In different places will be exhibited art works of Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Giuseppe Uncini, Roberto Crippa  and others.
Many visitors should find the hotel also in the beautiful city of Monza.

the center of Monza -photo ap
in the blog read also : cathedral of Monza 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Paintings by Filippino Lippi in San Gimignano

At the museums of San Gimignano (Siena) will soon be proposed for public viewing works by Filippino Lippi.
The small but interesting exhibition is scheduled from June 13 to November 1, 2015. For the occasion people will see the two round paintings of 1483 and 1484, some drawings, some ancient manuscripts and Renaissance frames.
Important part of the exhibition are two paintings depicting the one the Angel of the Annunciation, the other the Annunziata. Just as it had been requested in 1482 by the Priors and Captains for the Town Hall of San Gimignano.

exhibition poster

Virgin Annunciate, 1483-84. San Gimignano (photo by Civita)

Studies for the figure of a saint kneeling with a crosier, and for a standing figure with 
a turban- Metal needle, with lead white highlights on grey prepared paper (photo by Civita)

old letter: the Priors and Captains of the Guelph Party earmark an additional sum of thirty lire for the Annunciation  (photo by Civita)
Text translation: for the effigy of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin to adorn the Hall of Hearings. Whereas it has been previously deliberated that an effigy of the Annunciation shall be painted in the Hall of Hearings of this Palazzo as a mark of honour for the community and in celebration of the most glorious Virgin Mary, the mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and whereas in that connection nothing has yet been done, in accordance with the proposal of Niccol簷 di Agostino Abbracciabeni, one of the Priors, it is hereby established that the present Priors and Captains cause to be painted in the Hall of Hearings the effigy of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary on two square or round panels, whichever they consider to be most fitting, for the production of which no more must be spent than the 50 lire already set aside in addition to 30 lire which the present chamberlain will set aside with monies to be taken from the profits accruing from said municipality's vineyards

the old town hall of San Gimignano (photo Geobia/wiki)
HISTORY: in the valley adjacent to San Gimignano in ancient times there were Etruscan settlements. Some legends say that around 63 BC two young Romans built two castles. However the town of San Gimignano is only mentioned in a document of 929. In later times the area was crossed by the Via Francigena. San Gimignano had an appreciable population around the end of the twelfth century.

Valdelsa: landscape of the hills around the river Elsa

books by Alpav in Lulu

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Paintings by Domenico Veneziano in European museums

Domenico di Bartolomeo called Domenico Veneziano was an Italian painter of the early Renaissance. The artist was born in Venice around 1410 and died in Florence in 1461.
Domenico Veneziano realized several paintings and many of his works are famous.  Some of his paintings in Perugia and Loreto were lost.
Three of his paintings well known in Italy are the Altarpiece Saint Lucia de 'Magnoli (Uffizi museum ), the wood painting Madonna and Child with Saints (Uffizi), the fresco Santi Giovanni Battista e Francesco (Santa Croce museum).  Few people see instead the painting Madonna Berenson preserved in a private collection in Settignano.

Near Florence- in the Villa I Tatti -it is kept the painting Madonna Berenson.
The villa is now managed by a center of Harvard University (

Many works of the famous painter, however, are preserved in various museums in Europe, few in the United States (National Gallery in Washington, 2 little tempera on wood).
We remember some of his paintings now in european cities:

Adoration of the Magi (Gem瓣ldegalerie, Berlin)-image by wikimedia
In Berlin also the fragment "Martirio di Santa Lucia"

portrait of young woman (now in Berlin)
Some historians, however, attribute this painting to other painters

Madonna del Rosario  (National Museum of Art of Romania)
image by wikimedia

Interesting fresco at the National Gallery in London is the Tabernacle Carnesecchi. 
Other paintings by Domenico Veneziano have often uncertain origin. In Chambery (F) is visible a portrait of man. The work of Chambery was also known by the historian Roberto Longhi. It is not excluded that the painting may have been made by the painter Paolo Uccello or others.
Finally at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge there are two nice small parts of the Altarpiece Saint Lucia de 'Magnoli. These parts are:  Miracle of St Zenobius and The Annunciation. It seems that the two pieces have been bought in Italy around 1815.

books by Alpav in Lulu

Contemporary art in Pienza and Siena

The beautiful town of Pienza hosts from 6 June to 30 August the interesting exhibition of a young Austrian sculptor.

the poster for the exhibition Helga Vockenhuber
Il dono dell'armonia-the gift of harmony

The artist often creates large bronze statues that will be exhibited in Piazza Pio II and Palazzo Piccolomini.
Helga Vockenhuber is often in Tuscany also because there are good foundries that make his job easier.

Piccolomini palace

view of Pienza, photos by sherseydc/steve (flick/wikimedia)
For those who love contemporary art finally we write that in the near Siena it is in progress an exhibition  of the painter Marco Borgianni (Dei ed eroi, city museum, salt warehouses, until August 30) 

Marco Borgianni in Siena
the artist was born in the province of Florence

a work of Bonanni 
The artist was inspired by the Laooconte kept in Vatican
photo by Opera Laboratori Fiorentini-Civita

the painting exhibition can be seen in a room below the tower 
(Torre del Mangia, foto a.p.)