If you are interested in art, and want to combine a new year’s city break with a culture booster, then head to Rome where art is top of the agenda this winter and for art and culture lovers there are three superb reasons for visiting the city.
1861 The Risorgimento Painters
To mark the 150th anniversary of Italian Unity, the Scuderie del Quirinale – an exhibition space, which is part of Italy’s presidential palace, has opened its doors for a major exhibition that depicts the crucial events that took place between 1859 and 1861, which led up to Italy’s independence and national unity.
To commemorate the anniversary the Scuderie del Quirinale will be displaying works of art from such artists as Francesco Hayez, Giuseppe Molteni, Domenico and Gerolamo Induno, Eleuterio Pagliano, Federico Faruffini,Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega, Odoardo Borrani, Michele Cammarano and Giuseppe Sciuti.
The exhibition runs until the 16th of January and is open from Sunday to Thursday, from 10am to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 10.30pm. Check prices of admission.
If this exhibition interests you then you might also like to visit another commemorative exhibition called The Risorgimento in Colour, which depicts and celebrates the painter-patriots of Nineteenth Century Rome. This exhibition is being held at the Museo de Roma – Palazzo Baraschi, and runs only until the 9th January 2011.
Vincent Van Gogh: Timeless Countryside – Modern City
Who doesn’t know the artist Vincent Van Gogh? Everybody knows something of the enigmatic artist, but maybe you didn’t know that much of his inspiration came from two very contradictory aspects: on one hand, his love of the countryside and on the other, his attachment to the city and its ever-changing modernity.
This exhibition is the first Van Gogh presentation held in Rome for twenty two years, and marks the return of his celebrated paintings and unique genius. The exhibition is taking place in the Complesso del Vittoriano and will display over 70 works of art, including some of his most celebrated paintings, prized water colours and works on paper. Also included in the exhibition will be works of art from some of the peers who inspired Vincent Van Gogh, including Millet, Pissarro, Cézanne, Gauguin and Seurat.
The exhibition runs until the 30th January and is open Mondays to Thursdays 9.30am to 7.30pm, Fridays and Saturdays 9.30am to11.30pm and Sundays 9.30am to 8.30pm.
The Great Venetians: From Pisanello to Titian, From Tintoretto to Tiepolo
This is a wonderful exhibition displaying a selection of major paintings from the Accademia Carrara. The exhibition has been designed to walk visitors through Venetian paintings between the 15th and 18th centuries; from Pisanello to Tiepola, literally as if one was visiting the Accademia Carrara in person.
The exhibition runs through to the 30th January at Chiostro del Bramante in Via della Pace and is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am-8pm. Closed Monday.
There are so many things to see and do in Rome; the Eternal City offers Romance, History, Culture and Religion; and throughout January some of the best art exhibitions in Europe. Why don’t you star the year off discovering some of Europe’s finest painters and works of art; you can also take in the city’s wonderful Roman attractions, including the Pantheon, Colloseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Vatican,and St Peter’s Basilica.
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