Showing posts with label museums. Show all posts
Showing posts with label museums. Show all posts

Monday, 14 March 2016

Florence, antique wooden sculptures

In Florence at the Uffizi Museum from 22 March to 18 August 2016 there will be an exhibition on the colored wooden sculpture of the  fifteenth century.

exibition in Florence: Fece di scoltura di legname e colori
Scultura del quattrocento in legno dipinto a Firenze

At the event it will be exhibited over 40 sculptures by different artists. In the Renaissance period also important sculptors realized these works of art. Often the sculptures were devotional.

a wooden angel exhibited in Florence
photo by Opera Laboratori Fiorentini-Civita

At the end of the fifteenth century some great art workshops, stimulated by the demands of the market, specialized in the realization of crucifixes in churches, convents and private homes.
In this sculptural field were many active: the brothers Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano, the Sangallo, the Del Tasso and Baccio da Montelupo.
At that time, other artists, however, considered important only marble sculptures. In fact, in Florence were very relevant examples of marble sculptures.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Perugia, art museum Marabottini

On the initiative of a bank foundation in Perugia from December 2015, visitors can see an important collection of works of art.

The collection of about 700 paintings and other works was created by Alessandro Marobottini, university professor of art history.
The exhibition is like that of a house museum. Most important is the graphic art collection.
The new museum is located in Baldeschi building in central Corso Vannucci.

the center of Perugia, photo ap

corso Vannucci 


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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.

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Re-opening of a museum in Tuscany

After many years tourists can visit an art gallery in Prato. The art collection of the "Palazzo Pretorio" has been closed since 1998 and is visible only from April 2014.

Palazzo Pretorio, Prato-photos ap 2012

The works of art of the museum in Prato are numerous and are usually of artists such as Bernardo Daddi, Giovanni da Milano, Lorenzo Monaco, Filippo Lippi and many others.

painting by Bernardo Daddi-photo by Studio Esseci

painting by Filippo Lippi-photo by Studio Esseci

The museum also exhibits some archaeological finds and paintings of more recent artists. Some rooms are also available for temporary exhibitions.
From October 5, 2014 to January 6, 2015, the museum is organizing an exhibition with some paintings of few artists in the history of Italy

Prato is a city about 25- 30 minutes by train from Florence and here tourists can see many works of art in the cathedral or other places.

Prato cathedral -photos a.p. 2013

Prato is also famous for being home for many years a large Chinese community.


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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Paintings by Antonello da Messina in Romania

Some years ago in Rome were many visitors to the exhibition of works by Antonello da Messina. See the exhibition website.
Rome, Scuderie Quirinale, exhibition year 2006

In fact, the paintings of this artist are not many and they are all beautiful. Antonello was born in Sicily around the year 1430 and died in 1479. Many of his works are in museums in the world, but some important paintings are still in Sicily.
For ancient historical events, a painting by Antonello is in the city of Sibiu in Romania. In this city of Transylvania, Samuel von Brukenthal created (XVIII century) an important collection of art.

the famous Crucifixion-Sibiu - Brukental Museum

The catalog of a museum in Bucharest (Mnar) attributed to Antonello da Saliba (relative to Antonello da Messina), a painting with the Madonna and the Child.
peinture od Antonello da Saliba

In 2008, Bucharest was organized a small exhibition of works by Antonello da Messina.
The occasion is good to remember two famous paintings by Antonello visible at Palermo and Cefalu.

all photos by wikipedia/wikimedia
Article in italian language: Antonello in Naples