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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Monsignor Iacobone: Editor and Author

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The volume La Basilica di San Pietro is whose brainchild? Mons. Pasquale Iacobone: Our friends at the publisher FMR/UTET, Dr. Fabio Lazzari and Marco Castelluzzo, proposed the idea because they had access to an exceptional corpus of photographs of St. Peter’s by Aurelio Amendola. It included photographs he’d taken in the past, in particular of […]

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The Met’s Christmas Tree and Crèche

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On a visit to New York just before Christmas, our Art Editor Lucy Gordan visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spoke with European Sculpture Curator Dr. Wolfram Koeppe. Dr. Koeppe, what exactly is your position at the Museum and how long have you worked here? Dr. Wolfram Koeppe: My title is Marina Kellen French […]

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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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