British Museum, Sicily: culture and conquest


Sicily: culture and conquest 21 April 2016 – 14 August 2016 The largest island in the Mediterranean. The home of Mount Etna. A cultural centre of the ancient and medieval world. Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. Since the 7th century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all…

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London. Renato Guttuso: Painter of Modern Life

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London Renato Guttuso Painter of Modern Life 14 January – 4 April 2015 Renato Guttuso (1911-1987) is one of Italy’s most widely respected modern painters. Towards the end of the 1930s his powerful brand of expressionist realism vividly conveyed the angst of a generation which wanted its art to reflect and engage with the…

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Francesco Vezzoli’s Teatro Romano at MoMa PS1

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Francesco Vezzoli: Teatro Romano – On view October 26, 2014–March 8, 2015   Drawing on extensive research about the use of color in antiquity, Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli (b. 1971) has collaborated with a team of archaeologists, conservators and polychrome specialists to paint five ancient Roman busts in the manner in which they would originally have been decorated. While white…

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Met: an Italian Masterpiece restored

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On the night of October 6, 2002, the pedestal supporting Adam by Tullio Lombardo gave way, and the Venetian Renaissance sculpture fell to the floor, shattering into pieces. While damage to any artwork is just about the worst thing that could happen in a museum, this was particularly catastrophic, as the sculpture is among the most important works of art…

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Brick Museum in Marsciano: simple and unique as the Italian traditions

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by Benedetta Tintillini   Why should we visit a Museum of Bricks? Bricks are used to realize buildings and have nothing to do with culture, art, beauty. Nothing could be further from the truth. I realize it as soon as I enter the first rooms of the Museum. The brick is a fundamental component of human life, from when man…

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Met: Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age

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At its height in the eighth to seventh century b.c., the Assyrian Empire was the dominant power of the ancient Near East and the largest empire the world had yet seen, reaching from Assyria (present-day northern Iraq) to the Mediterranean. As Assyria expanded, the Phoenician city-states of the Levant—precariously located along the edge of Assyrian territory—were compelled to expand and…

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Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors


MEIJER GARDENS’ ARTPRIZE EXHIBITION FEATURES EMERGING SCULPTORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD The group exhibition “ Highly Recommended : Emerging Sculptors” includes work from talented sculptors across the globe and will remain on display through January 4, 2015.   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — September 5, 2014 — Coinciding with the sixth annual ArtPrize competition, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will…

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Palestrina – The Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia


by Benedetta Tintillini   One of the rarest and most valuable examples of how the spectacular Hellenistic architecture took root within the Roman Empire, although integrated and amplified by the Roman taste and building techniques, the sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Praeneste, now Palestrina, lies on the slope of a hill and offers the visitor a huge thrill. The building…

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Castelbuono: a village out of time

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by Benedetta Tintillini   Few steps from world-famous and frequented destinations such as Assisi or Bevagna, or contemporary and glamorous sites as the Carapace of Arnaldo Pomodoro, lies the small town of Castelbuono , a village where, walking, you wouldn’t be surprise to meet an elf or a fairy. At an altitude of 400m above sea level, the inhabitant are…

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Kapellen, Belgium. Sint Lucas Academy exhibition

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Sint Lucas Academy Bauwinlaan 1, Kapellen – Belgium June, 21st and 22nd, 2014 from 10am to 5pm At the end of the year the Sint Lucas Academy organizes an exhibitions of the student’s works. Kids, students of the last year and free students shows their talent and their works of art. Between them, the talented artist Christine Bout will show her…

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Todi: The Painted House – Ancient and Contemporary suggestions

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by Benedetta Tintillini   An original mix of archaic, ancient and modern cultures, as original as the artist who conceived this experience: Brian O’Doherty. He adopted the pseudonym of Patrick Ireland in 1972, after the events of the Bloody Sunday in Derry, to denounce the repressive attitude of the British government towards the Irish claims. Then he decreed the death of…

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The new life of the ancient town of Carsulae

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by Benedetta Tintillini   A wide plateau along the ancient Flaminia, an archaeological park, a place where you can find the contact with nature, and be free to relax, play and learn. This is the second life of the city of Carsulae. Built along the route of the Via Flaminia, it became economically important because of its strategic location. The…

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