Correggio and Parmigianino

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Art in Parma in the 16th Century For the general exhibition-going public, Italian Renaissance art — and especially the art of the 16th century — tends to revolve around three great centers: Florence, Venice, and Rome. Instead, “Correggio and Parmigianino” — on at Rome’s Scuderie until June 26th — aims to celebrate a remarkable yet […]

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Fernando Botero and his Via Crucis

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“Art is a spiritual, immaterial respite from the hardships of life.” —Fernando Botero Born in Medellín, Colombia, on April 19, 1932, Fernando Bot­ero, whose signature style, also known as “Boterismo,” depicts overly rotund human figures both in his paintings and in his sculptures, is one of today’s most prolific and beloved artists. His works are […]

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Pope Francis on Art

Pope Francis blesses two new statues by Argentine artist Alejandro Marmo, left, at the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Nov. 16. The statues are iron sculptures of the crucified Christ and Our Lady of Lujan. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) See POPE-CASTELGANDOLFO Nov. 17, 2014.

“Art must not discard anything or anybody. It’s like mercy.” Pope Francis, May 29, 2015 During a recent conversation with Monsignor Jacobone, he mentioned that on Saturday, February 18, 1984, in Rome’s Dominican church, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Beato Angelico was declared the patron saint of artists, especially painters. Thus Jacobone suggested that my February […]

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Divine Beauty: From Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana

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  At the press preview of the exhibition “Divine Beauty,” on at Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi through January 24, 2016, Giuseppe Cardinal Bettori referred to a benchmark sermon given by Pope Paul VI to a group of artists on May 7, 1964. The Holy Father had said, “We must re-establish the friendship between the Church and […]

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The Birth of Italian Renaissance Art

Brunelleschi’s Wooden Model for the Dome of Florence Cathedral (Antonio Quattrone photo).

On until August 18th in Florence at the Palazzo Strozzi is the blockbuster exhibition, The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture and the Arts in Florence 1400-60. From September 26 until January 6, 2014, it will be at the Louvre in Paris. Primarily through sculpture, the branch of figurative art that generated this “new season,” the […]

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Bernini: The Popes’ Artist in Baroque Rome

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was the most famous and important sculptor in 17th century Europe, but he was also a recognized architect, painter, events organizer, poet and playwright. He was born in Naples, Italy, on December 7, 1598, to a Mannerist sculptor, Pietro Bernini, originally from near Florence, and his wife, Angelica Galante, a Neapolitan. He […]

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Quilling: Devotional Creations from Cloistered Orders

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The super-elegant Italian industrialist and principal shareholder of the FIAT Motor Company, Giovanni Agnelli (1921-2003), better known as “Gianni,” and his widow Marella, were avid art patrons and collectors. He bequeathed their extraordinary collection of paintings to his birthplace, which is also the headquarters of FIAT: the city of Turin. The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Mar­ella […]

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The True Image Polar Star of the New Evangelization

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Facebook of heaven for the Word that became flesh. A new Mount Tabor for a divided Christianity. Reference point of return for the formerly Christian nations: the human face of God “Truth is a person“ – Nicolàs Gómez Dávila By Paul Badde In October 2011, at the baptism of our latest granddaughter Josephine, we discovered […]

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St. Antony of the Desert

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St. Anthony is the best known of the Desert Fathers. The Desert Fathers were hermits, ascetics, monks, and nuns who lived mainly in the Scetes desert of Egypt beginning around the third century AD. Saint Anthony was born in the year 251, in Qimn El-Arouse (Cooma) near Herakleopolis Magna in Lower Egypt, to wealthy landowner […]

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Rome at the Time of Caravaggio

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Although he was born on September 29, 1571, near Milan, Caravaggio’s most productive years, from 1600 to 1606, were spent in Rome, where most of his paintings from this period are on permanent display in various churches and museums. Last year, an extensive monographic exhibition of Caravaggio’s works (because of scholarly debate about their authenticity […]

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