Art

Correggio and Parmigianino

Correggio's "Noli Me Tangere" in the Prado 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 [...]

By |2016-05-01T19:46:35+00:00May 1st, 2016|Categories: Art|Tags: , , , |

Fernando Botero and his Via Crucis

"The Crucifixion in Central Park" “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 [...]

By |2016-03-01T15:37:18+00:00Mar 1st, 2016|Categories: Art|Tags: , , , , |

Pope Francis on Art

In the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis blesses two new statues by Argentine artist Alejandro Marmo (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) “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 [...]

By |2016-02-01T14:20:41+00:00Feb 1st, 2016|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Divine Beauty: From Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana

Here: The Maccabees (1857-63) by Antonio Ciseri for the Church of Santa Felicita in Florence   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 [...]

By |2015-11-01T14:43:07+00:00Nov 1st, 2015|Categories: Art|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Birth of Italian Renaissance Art

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 exhibition [...]

By |2013-07-01T20:58:46+00:00Jul 1st, 2013|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , |

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 was [...]

By |2012-11-01T07:26:12+00:00Nov 1st, 2012|Categories: Art|Tags: , |

Quilling: Devotional Creations from Cloistered Orders

A photograph by Nan Goldin of paperoles in a private collection in Turin. 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 [...]

By |2012-09-01T12:50:42+00:00Sep 1st, 2012|Categories: Art, Books, People|Tags: , |

The True Image Polar Star of the New Evangelization

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 The “true image” in Frankfurt Cathedral. In October 2011, at the baptism [...]

By |2012-09-01T12:38:43+00:00Sep 1st, 2012|Categories: Art, Books, Pope|Tags: , |

St. Antony of the Desert

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 parents. [...]

By |2012-01-01T13:00:27+00:00Jan 1st, 2012|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , |

Rome at the Time of Caravaggio

Caravaggio’s The Madonna of Loreto. Unfortunately, the Italian Ministry of Culture did not grant permission to publish the photo of a related work, Carracci’s Madonna of Loreto 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 [...]

By |2012-01-01T12:46:05+00:00Jan 1st, 2012|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |