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05 March 2013

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SAVE VENICE LECTURES

 

Lecture Series promoted by Save Venice Foundation

 

February, 21 2013
March 5, 2013

New York, Boston

 

C.D. Dickerson, Curatore del settore Arte Europea del Kimbell Art Museum di Fort Worth Texas, ha recentemente co-curato Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, l’interessante mostra organizzata dal Kimbell Art Museum e dal  Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
Dickerson parlerà del Bernini e della sua opera a Venezia.
For tickets please call 212 737 3141

 

05 March 2013

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Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy

 

November 11, 2012 – February 10, 2013
March 5 – June 16, 2013

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Hartford, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

 

The legacy of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610), one of the most influential painters in European history is presented in an exhibition featuring an unprecedented eight Caravaggio paintings for the first time in California, together with major masterpieces documenting his influence on a host of painters from Italy, France, Spain, and the Netherlands.

 

Unlike many artists of his generation, Caravaggio did not have proper pupils, but many artists gravitated around him with various success. By the time of his death, Caravaggio was arguably the most renowned artist in Rome and his reputation had reached painters well beyond the Italian peninsula. His striking realism, violent contrasts of light and darkness, and ability to express powerful emotions were as surprising to his contemporaries as they are to us today. The impact of his unique style his blend of bright highlights and masterful chiaroscuro, dubbed tenebrism sent tremors across Europe's artistic landscape. In Rome, aftershocks of Caravaggio's revolutionary reworking of realism appeared in the work of artists such as Baglione, Manfredi, Saraceni and Orazio Gentileschi. Painters adapted Caravaggio's theatrical use of light and figural staging, while many French artists, including Simon Vouet and Claude Vignon, were inspired by Caravaggio's work for their large-scale compositions.

 

The exhibition presents a remarkable selection of costume and theatrical pieces, genre scenes, portraiture, narrative history painting, including key themes organized around topics such as musicality, festivity, violence, nude studies, as well as religious works depicting St. Francis, St. Sebastian, and the Denial of St. Peter.

This exhibition is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Musée Fabre de Montpellier Agglomération, the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange).

The exhibition is accompanied by a 176 page catalogue published in collaboration with DelMonico Books/Prestel. The volume includes 100 color illustrations with essays by exhibition curator, J. Patrice Marandel and art historian and Caravaggio scholar, Gianni Papi, as well as contributions by Benjamin Couilleaux, Axel Hémery, Michel Hilaire, Dominique Jacquot, Judith W. Mann, Lynn Federle Orr, Amy Walsh, Eric M. Zafran, and Olivier Zeder.

 

 

 

07 March 2013

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Ravenna and the Tradition of Late Antique and Early Byzantine Craftmanship: Culture, Labour and Economy

 

March 7-8, 2013

New York

Columbia University, Italian Academy

 

07 March 2013

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Lady Anatomist: conference on Anna Morandi – Manzolini

 

March 7, 2013 

New Brunswick

Rutgers University

 

Conference on the life and work of the scientist and artist of the 700s, Anna Morandi Manzolini, held by Prof. Rebecca Messbarger from Washigton University. 

 

Prof. Rebecca Messbarger, author of the book “The Lady Anatomist” published in 2010 by the University of Chicago Press, illustrates the extraodinary intellectual trajectory of Anna Morandi Manzolini, from a provincial artist to world renowned wax modeller at the Unversity of Bologna.

As an extraordinarily talented woman, Anna Morandi Manzolini, is able to affirm herself within the scientific community of the 700s and realizes precise anatomical waxes which are a great combination of art and science.

From the works of art emerge the primary role given to the nervous system for the functioning of the human body, conceived as one entity whose parts are coordinanted by the brain.

Her works are an expression of the empirical research meant to obtain objective knowledge of the human body, and it provides advancement, under the scientific profile, in wax works and the representation of anatomy

 

12 March 2013

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Lectures and Exhibit by Marco Nereo Rotelli

 

March 12, 2013

Evanston, Northwestern University

 

Languages of the world
Exhibit on the artwork completed by Marco Nereo Rotelli during his term as Artist-in-Residence at the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University
 
Words
Light installation

 

EXHIBITION
Marco Nereo Rotelli – Languages of the world
Curated by Hollis Clayson
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
Winter 2013 Artist in Residence Marco Rotelli
Exhibition opening and reception
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
4:30 pm
1880 Campus Drive, Kresge Building, Room 1-410
Evanston, IL 60208
Free and Open to the Public


Co-presented by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Global Languages Initiative, Residential Colleges, and the University Library at Northwestern University. Marco Nereo Rotelli will present the artwork he has completed during his term as Artistin- Residence at the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University. Works will include the "Videolanguage" series, in which the chromatic-spatial dimension interacts with the poetic word in compositions that recall videogame screens, and "Diary," a pictorial diary dedicated to the light off Lake Michigan, which the artist photographed daily and transferred to small, 20 x 20 cm canvases that appear to be windows opening onto infinity. At last, the artworks “Enigma” will be exhibited: a series of papers drawn to design the light installation planned at the Field Museum in Chicago.

 

LIGHT INSTALLATION AND READING AT NORTHWESTERN
Marco Nereo Rotelli –Words. Art, Music, Poetry
Light installation by Marco Nereo Rotelli
Curated by Thomas Haskell Simpson
Poetic Reading curated by Parneshia Jones, Arica Hilton, Elise Paschen, Rachel Webster, …, …, …
curated by Arica Hilton
Musical and choral actions curated by Alessandra Visconti
Charles Deering Library, Northwestern University
1970 Campus Dr Evanston, IL 60208
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013, 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public

 

‘Trees Die But the Dream Remains’ (Ezra Pound)

Historic Northwestern University Library (designed by James Gamble Rogers) will be transformed by Marco Nereo Rotelli into a page of luminous poetry, becoming the projection screen for poems about trees donated by the poets invited.
During the installation, Rotelli will conduct a performance entitled, "The poetry way", in which students will inscribe poems on a long scroll that will wrap around the library, becoming a path of poetry through the trees.
Simultaneously, the poets will read their poems projected on the building's façade, accompanied by a musical score inspired by the sounds of nature.

 

18 March 2013

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Dream of Rome Capitoline Brutus

 

January 18 - May 1, 2013

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

 

As part of the Dream of Rome initiative (masterpieces from ancient Rome in major U.S. museums), Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts hosts one of the most previous works from the collections of Rome’s Capitoline Museums, the Capitoline Brutus, one of the most ancient bronzes from the Roman era.

 

Conserved in the Conservator’s Apartment Hall of Triumphs of the Capitoline Museum, the magnificent bronze bust was donated to the Roman museum by Cardinal Pio de Carpi in 1564. 

 

The bust depicts Lucius Junius Brutus, one of the first Roman consuls: cropped beard, hair falling irregularly over the forehand, sculpted cheeks and razor sharp eyes convey an aspect of extreme pride.

Despite the extraordinary expression of the Brutus, one of the most ancient Roman bronzes, only the head is original, and likely it was originally part of a larger statue since lost.

The interpretation that identifies the bust with Lucius Junius Brutus, the mythical founder of the Roman Republic, results from a comparison of the bust with the etching on coins from 59 to 43 BC commissioned by his descendant, Marcus Junius Brutus, Caesar’s assassin. 

This attribution is debated however. According to some, the person depicted could be from a later period. 

The exhibit in Boston provides the U.S. public with the opportunity to admire the extraordinary force, as well as the expression of gravitas and tension typical of the Roman nobility.

 

 

 

21 March 2013

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Anonymous Italian, Torah Crown, mid-19th century, parcel-gilt silver, Collection of the Comunità Ebraica di Venezia (The Jewish Community of Venice)
Anonymous Italian, Torah Crown, mid-19th century, parcel-gilt silver, Collection of the Comunità Ebraica di Venezia (The Jewish Community of Venice)

Lost Treasures of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice

 

This exhibition presents a number of silver items belonging to two Venetian Synagogues that were hidden in 1943 and rediscovered only a few years ago. The liturgical objects, restored by Venetian Heritage Inc. and other important institutions, is presented in conjunction with period paintings of Venice from the collections of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and the MFAH.

 

February 21 - April 28, 2013

Houston

Museum of Fine Arts

 

When Nazis invaded Italy in September 1943, two elderly Jewish religious leaders responded to the disastrous news by hiding a cache of 17th- to 20th-century silver and bronze liturgical works in a secret hiding place within a Venetian synagogue. The treasures remained untouched for more than 60 years, until they were accidentally discovered. 

Lost Treasure of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice. Restored by Venetian Heritage Inc. features the restored silver and bronze pieces complemented by Venetian paintings from the same period. The exhibition is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, February 21 through April 28, 2013.

Jewish residents, though segregated, played a valuable role in the economy of Venice from the time of the Renaissance. In 1516, the Venetian Senate established a residential area exclusively and mandatorily for Jews on the grounds of a former foundry (geto), claiming the Jews could not be allowed to live all over the city or in the same houses as Christians. The six-acre, entirely enclosed ghetto housed several thousand people and contained five major synagogues.

 

Made by master craftsmen using traditional silversmithing and bronze casting methods, the objects in Lost Treasure of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice are predominantly liturgical works used in Venetian synagogues during worship services and special holiday events. The pieces represent an in-depth look at Venetian Jewish silver from the 17th to early 20th centuries.
Some objects that relate to dining traditions include the ewer (washing cup) and basin, used for the washing of hands prior to eating, and two vegetable plates, used during Passover Seders.
Liturgical pieces include the wooden tikim (Torah cases), which stored the Torah scrolls when they were not in use, and the grand Torah crowns and pairs of rimmonim (silver pomegranates) that adorned the tops of either the scrolls or tikim. Hanging above each tik is a lamp called a Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) that illuminates the tik or a larger Ark in a synagogue. Two spice containers, used in the Havdallah service at the closing of the Sabbath to bring worshippers back to reality from the ecstasy of Shabbat, are also featured along with two yads (pointers to help readers follow text in the Torah) used during services.

 

In 2016, the Jewish Ghetto of Venice will celebrate its 500th anniversary. Looking forward to this anniversary, the international organization Venetian Heritage Inc., with the support of Maison Vhernier, organized this special exhibition. The presentation of these treasures in Houston has been augmented with Venetian paintings from the same period drawn from a private collection and the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation.

 

Organization
This exhibition is organized by Venetian Heritage Inc. and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. The objects were restored with the support of Maison Vhernier.

Generous funding is provided by Joan and Stanford Alexander; Julie and Drew Alexander in honor of Joan and Stanford Alexander and Davna and Edward Brook; Joyce Z. Greenberg; Barbara and Gerry Hines; Shirley Toomim; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; Helaine and David Lane; Jeri and Marc Shapiro; Nancy and Scott Atlas; Nancy Beren and Larry Jefferson; Paula and Irving Pozmantier; Regina Rogers in honor of Holocaust survivor Stefi Altman; Glen Rosenbaum; and Shirley and Marvin Rich.

 

The MFAH curators are Cindi Strauss, curator of Modern & Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design, and James Clifton, director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator of Renaissance and Baroque Painting.

 

Anonymous Italian, One of a Pair of Rimmonim, early 18th century, silver, Collection of the Comunità Ebraica di Venezia (The Jewish Community of Venice)
Anonymous Italian, One of a Pair of Rimmonim, early 18th century, silver, Collection of the Comunità Ebraica di Venezia (The Jewish Community of Venice)

22 March 2013

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A Brush with Passion: Mattia Preti

 

Exhibit dedicated to Mattia Preti to mark the 400th anniversary of his birth

 

February 9 – April 14, 2013 

Williamsburg, Muscarelle Museum of Art

 

The Muscarelle Museum of Art plays a major role in the commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Mattia Preti’s birth. The exhibition, titled A Brush with Passion: Mattia Preti (1613-1699), features fifteen of Preti’s most exquisite paintings.

It is the first monographic exhibition of the artists’ works in North America. Preti was one of the principal Italian painters of the seventeenth century.  It features loans from North American art museums including the National Gallery of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Toledo Museum of Art, and private collectors, including a major European collection.

A Brush with Passion: Mattia Preti (1613-1699) is curated by Dr. John T. Spike, Assistant Director and Chief Curator of the Muscarelle. Spike is a distinguished lecturer and curator as well as the author of numerous widely noted books. In 1979 Spike’s doctoral thesis was the first complete study of Mattia Preti, on whom he is widely regarded as the leading authority. As a result of his studies, including the Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings (1999), Spike was awarded the honorary citizenship of Preti’s birthplace, Taverna, Italy.

 

Learn more

http://web.wm.edu/muscarelle/exhibitions/2013/Preti.html?svr=www

 

23 March 2013

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Piero della Francesca, The Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels (ca. 1470s-1480s)
Piero della Francesca, The Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels (ca. 1470s-1480s)

Piero della Francesca in America

 

The Frick Collection presents the first monographic exhibition in the United States dedicated to the artist

 

February 12 - May 19, 2013

New York

The Frick Collection

 

In occasion of the exhibition, a series of lectures, seminars and gallery talks dedicated to the Italian master Piero della Francesca are held at the museum from February 13 to May 18, 2013.

 

23 March 2013

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Bernini Model for the Lion on the Four Rivers Fountain

Sculpting in clay: Bernini's terracottas

 

3 February - 14 April, 2013

Forth Worth Kimbell Museum

 

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fort Worth's Kimbell Museum have organized a remarkable journey to uncovering the creative process of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. On exhibit are preparatory pieces in clay and drawings of the projects for several of the most spectacular statues executed by the artist in Rome

The largest and most important collection of terracottas signed by the Master is enriched with 30 more drawings that will be on exhibit for the first time together with preliminary models (bozzetti) for his sculptures. Bernini's style and his racing genius and hands are instantly recognizable, from the drawing in black chalk that was preparatory for the fountain of a palace outside Modena, loaned from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, to the model for an angel and cherub discovered by the exhibition's curators in the Museo Horne in Florence.
Thanks to loans issued specifically for this occasion, the exhibit will be the first to follow Bernini's incomparable creative process as it evolves into sculpture and the impact on the urban tissue of baroque Rome.
The great sculptor would begin by loosely working small models in clay that would then be used to craft larger scale models, and ultimately, his colossal statues. The small terracotta bozzetti are works of art in themselves, revealing great intensity and power. Together with their associated drawings, they hold the first traces of Bernini's fervid imagination and the creative process that led to some of Rome's most spectacular statues, including the fountains of Piazza Navona and the ten angels holding instruments of the Passion on Ponte Sant'Angelo decorated by Bernini between 1667 and 1672. All of the figures were planned by the artist, and the powerful small scale sculptures are arranged in the exhibit in the order in which they were likely made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernini Model for the Fountain of the Moor Kimbell
Forth Worth Kimbell Museum

26 March 2013

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Michelangelo Madonna della scala circa 1490

Michelangelo: sacred and profane, masterpieces from Casa Buonarroti

 

Exhibit of 25 drawings by the great Renaissance genius

 

February 9 – April 14, 2013
April 21 – June 30, 2013

Williamsburg, Muscarelle Museum of Art
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

 

Many of Michelangelo’s famous drawings, preserved by his descendants in the ancestral home in Florence, are presented in an exhibition intended to explore the artist’s innermost philosophy from the landmark perspective of Sacred and Profane.

 

At the age of thirty-six he took the world by surprise, enchanting one and all with the frescoes decorating the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Today, we marvel at twenty-five works of extraordinary beauty from the latter part of his career that enlighten us on the hand and mind of the great Michelangelo.
This selection of drawings of figures and architectural studies encloses several major pages from the main chapter in the artist's life and highlights how over the course of his unparalleled career Michelangelo alternated between interpretations and representations of the divine and the profane.
His powers to evoke the sacred are fully apparent in his depiction of the Virgin and Child, a drawing in black and red chalk and ink on paper. This is without a doubt one of the artist’s most admired works, with the figure of the Christ contrasting the uninhibited expression of foreboding of the Madonna. Evocative of both sacred and profane is the imaginary portrait of Cleopatra in black chalk, considered one of the most poetic conceptions of the Renaissance genius: one side depicts the legendary seductress in a state of self-possessed grace, while the other shows her in a state of anguish.
The works selected include several major sketches never previously exhibited in the US.

http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/michelangelo

 

Michelangelo Sant Anna Matterza circa 1501
Michelangelo Sant Anna Matterza circa 1501
Michelangelo nudo di schiena 1504-1505Michelangelo Studi per la battaglia di Cascina gli Apostoli per Santa Maria del Fiore la Tomba di Giulio II e la Madonna di Bruges 1503-1505Michelangelo Studio di braccio per Lebrezza di Noè della Volta Sistina 1508Michelangelo Studi per un cornicione e per gli Ignudi della Volta Sistina 1508-1510Michelangelo Studi di figura per l Adamp della Cacciata dal Paradiso nella Volta Sistina circa 1510Michelangelo Studio di testa per la Madonna del Tondo Doni 1508Michelangelo Volto virile per la Volta Sistina 1509-1510Michelangelo Studi preparatori per la Sibilla Libica 1509-1510Michelangelo Basi di pilastro per la Sagrestia Nuova con scritte autografe 1524Michelangelo Tre studi per fontane 1521
Michelangelo Due figure maschili 1490-1492
Michelangelo Due figure maschili 1490-1492

28 March 2013

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EMBLEMATRASPARENZA

 

A monographic exhibition dedicated to the works of art of the contemporary artist Salvatore Emblema

 

March 28 - May 31, 2013

Los Angeles, Italian Cultural Institute

 

A retrospective show aimed to develop and enhance the historical value of the research of the Italian artist Salvatore Emblema. This event, the first dedicated to this  artist in the city of Los Angeles, is an exhibition of about 30 works of painting, sculpture and one large environmental installation

 

EMBLEMATRASPARENZA is a retrospective show aimed to develop and enhance the historical value of the research of the Italian artist Salvatore Emblema. This event, the first dedicated to this  artist in the city of Los Angeles, is an exhibition of about 30 works of painting, sculpture and one large environmental installation. The exhibition is curated by Peter Frank, former Senior Curator at  Riverside Museum, with the technical assistance of Museo Emblema.  Having to present, for the first time,  Emblema’s works to the Californian audience, the curatorial approach examines the most distinctive trait of Salvatore Emblema’s pictorical research: The Transparency. The term, used in 1969 by Italian art historian Giulio Carlo Argan, describes the ability of the Artist’s paintings to interact with light and space of the environment where the they are placed. The exhibition starts from textural experiments of the late '50s – at that time Emblema  is working in New York, attending occasionally, the Studio of Mark Rothko- Going up to the iconic canvases of the early '70s. These last paintings, so-called "Un-weaved ", are characterized by the removal of jute’s  wires from the surface of the canvas, so leaving a glimpse of the light-space that lies behind the picture. To this same cycle belong two works in coming to  the collection of the MOCA, the prestigious contemporary art museum of the city of Los Angeles. On show, also some examples of the peculiar sculptural production of the Neapolitan artist, and a large environmental installation in colored metal wire, dating back to 1973. The exhibition, as usual to the events related to Emblema, will see also an educational workshop and it is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue with critical essays and unpublished materials from the Artist’s personal archive.

The exhibition is in connection with a large retrospective of the artist organized in the same period at the Museum MACRO in Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 March 2013

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Offering of the Angel Exhibit

 

Forty-five masterpieces of Renaissance sacred art from the Galleria degli Uffizi of Florence

 

December 7, 2012 – March 30, 2013

Savannah (Georgia), Telfair Museums

 

December 7, 2012/March 30, 2013. Exhibit on the Uffizi of Florence "Offerings of the Angels", 45 Renaissance works exhibited at the Telfair Museum of Savannah, Georgia.

 

An exceptional exhibition of 45 masterpieces of sacred art from the Uffizi Gallery of Florence.
A journey through Renaissance works which are usually not on display and which will  introduce visitors to the Pane degli Angeli - Offering of the Angels exhibition, and explore its very essence.

 

Every Christmas the Uffizi Gallery of Florence and the Friends of the Uffizi offer Florentines and visitors an exceptional gift: the presentation of important works, both from a historical and poetic point of view, which are usually not on display in the Gallery.
The theme of the exhibition changes yearly, but most often  is closely connected to the end of year festivities and to the notion of sacred, and particularly to the Eucharist.  This is what bible exegetes referred to as “celestial food” or “altar bread” or, indeed as “Pane degli Angeli - bread of the angels”, which gives the name to the exhibition.
The exhibit will be held at Savannah’s Telfair Museum and will show the American public works depicting scenes from the Old and the New Testament: The Creation of Adam, The Sin of Adam and Eve, the Sacrifice of Isaac; and, on the other hand, the Annunciation, in opposition to the Original Sin, where the Virgin Mary, a new Eve, and Christ, a new Adam, represent the transition from fall  to salvation. And again, the Passion of Christ, the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Following the great success in Madrid and Barcelona, now Americans too will be able to admire these splendid “Mai visti - unseen works” from the Italian Renaissance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 March 2013

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Giambattista Piranesi, View of the Romano Campidoglio with Staircase that Goes to the Church of Araceli, 1757, Etching
Giambattista Piranesi, View of the Romano Campidoglio with Staircase that Goes to the Church of Araceli, 1757, Etching

Piranesi, Rome and the art of design

 

More than three hundred original prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) have been selected from the world-renowned collection of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy. These prints are combined with modern day interpretations in new technologies such as video, photography, and digital modeling

 

March 30 - July 7, 2013

San Diego

The San Diego Museum of Art

 

More than three hundred original prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) have been The exhibition embodies the progressive spirit of Piranesi’s own eclectic visions and his modernity, emphasizing the popular appeal of his work and its continuing relevance to designers and architects.

Exhibition conceived by Michele De Lucchi, produced by Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Itatly, together with Factum Arte, Spain, in collaboration with Exhibits Development Groups, USA.

 

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was a printmaker, architect, antiquarian, art dealer, theorist, and designer—one of the foremost artistic personalities of the 18th century, whose views of Rome remain the city’s defining image. Fresh, thought-provoking, and innovative, Piranesi, Rome, and the Arts of Design sets out to show the range of the artist’s genius in a 21st-century approach to his creative endeavors. More than 300 original prints have been selected from the world renowned collection of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy.

 

These prints are combined with modern-day interpretations in new technologies such as video, photography, and digital modeling. Utilizing the most advanced technologies, the exhibition enables Piranesi’s two-dimensional renderings of a monumental vase, a candelabrum, tripods, a teapot, an altar, and a fireplace to assume their rightful three-dimensional forms. These never-before-seen and never-before-crafted objects take center stage in the exhibition and attest to the creative intellect of Piranesi’s designs. In addition, the exhibition brings to life Piranesi’s most famous works, the Carceri (Prisons), in the form of a virtual reality 3-D installation. The legendary Caffè degli Inglesi is represented as a full scale evocation, and visitors may browse through Piranesi’s sketchbooks using a touchscreen monitor. Strikingly designed by world renowned architect Michele De Lucchi, the exhibition embodies the progressive spirit of Piranesi’s own eclectic visions and his modernity, emphasizing the popular appeal of his work and its continuing relevance to designers and architects. Having previously appeared at the Fondazione Cini in Venice and at the Caixa Forum in Madrid and Barcelona, the show makes its only U.S. stop at The San Diego Museum of Art.

 

Design by Giambattista Piranesi - produced by Factum Arte, Tripod (2010), Bronze with silver patina and alabaster shelf
Design by Giambattista Piranesi - produced by Factum Arte, Tripod (2010), Bronze with silver patina and alabaster shelf
Giambattista Piranesi, Prison (1761 ca.), EtchingInstallation view from: Piranesi, Rome and the Arts of Design

31 March 2013

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Caporali: a Masterpiece of Renaissance Illumination

 

February 17 – June 2, 2013

Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art

 

The Cleveland Museum will host an exhibit on the works of two artist brothers, Bartolomeo and Giapeco Caporali. A beautiful renaissance missal, dated 1469, will be on display together with other exceptional miniatures. The works come from a small town close to Perugia, and date back to the second half of the 15th century. 

 

The exhibition centers on a splendid and little-known renaissance manuscript, acquired by the Museum in 2006: an illuminated missal, decorated by the two brothers for the Franciscan community of Montone, a small hillside town near Perugia. 
The exhibition celebrates the work of these two artists and presents it to the US public for the first time. Through additional panel paintings and manuscripts decorated by the two artists, the exhibition explores their long careers and focuses on their relationship with the Franciscans of Montone. 
Liturgical objects such as vestments, a chalice and a processional cross help to set the manuscript in a liturgical, cultural and historical-artistic context. 
Many of these works, on loan from museums and churches in Umbria, will be on display in the United States for the first time.
In addition, the Museum is working on publishing an accompanying volume for the The Caporali Missal: A Masterpiece of Renaissance Illumination exhibition which will offer a learned and in-depth exploration of the Caporali brothers’ life, career and influence, as well as of their Missal. The book will include a series of essays by eminent scholars, and looks at the influence that the Florentine artists wielded on the Franciscan community, at the spiritual community itself and at the history of the Montone convent. 

 

31 March 2013

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Paolo Veronese: a Master and His Workshop in Reinassance Venice

 

The first comprehensive presentation of the Venetian painter Paolo Veronese in America in over two decades, with over seventy works from over thirty museums and private lenders

 

December 7, 2012 – April 14, 2013

Sarasota, Ringling Museum

 

31 March 2013

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Gems of the Medici

 

A world-premiere exhibition highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections

 

October 26, 2012 – March 31, 2013
April 14 – September 15, 2013

Houston, Museum of Natural Science
Bowers Museum, Orange CA

 

The Gems of the Medici exhibit presents for the first time outside Italy a number of unique masterpieces belonging to the collection of the Medici family, which ruled Florence for 300 years leaving its mark on the history of art

 

Gems of the Medici is a premiere exhibition that delves into the history of Florence, Italy's renowned Medici family. In the mid-1400s, many celebrated artists, goldsmiths, silversmiths and engravers were attracted by the abundance of wealth in the city of Florence, but the most important factor in this gathering of talent was the presence and patronage of the Medici family.

 

For almost 300 years, generation after generation of Medici dominated city affairs and steered the course of art history. It was the Medici family who funded the workshops of these artists and artisans, and who commissioned and collected their masterpieces of art and antiquity. From the founding father to the last Grand Duke, the immense power and wealth of this great dynasty was invested in its legendary collections, of which the collection renowned as the Gems of the Medici is perhaps the finest in the world.

 

Gems of the Medici, a world-premiere exhibition, highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections, including antiquities dating from the 1st Century BCE as well as a cornelian which was part of the Seal of Nero.

 

Gems of the Medici was organized by Contemporanea Progetti, Florence, Italy in collaboration with Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale Firenze. Support provided by The Wortham Foundation, Inc.

 

31 March 2013

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The Last Days of Pompeii

 

The exhibit reinterprets the remains of the city destroyed in the 79 C.E. volcanic eruption

 

February 24 – July 7, 2013

Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall
 

 

Pompeii and the other ancient cities destroyed and paradoxically preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ad79 are usually considered the places where one can best and most directly experience the daily lives of ancient Romans. Rather than presenting these sites as windows to the past, this exhibition explores them as a modern obsession. Over the 300 years since their discovery in the early 1700s, the Vesuvian sites have functioned as mirrors of the present, inspiring artists—from Piranesi, Ingres, and Alma-Tadema to Duchamp, Rothko, and Warhol—to engage with contemporary concerns in diverse media. This international loan exhibition is co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

 

Learn more,

http://www.clevelandart.org/events/exhibitions/last-days-of-pompeii