Category Archives: Italian Art 101

Beatrice Cerocchi Architect – Artist

It’s not often that I reblog fellow bloggers’ content. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever done it before! But this post on Italian architect and designer Beatrice Cerocchi really caught my eye this week and deserves sharing! I hope … Continue reading

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Free entry to Italian state museums on first Sunday of every month!

We all like a freebie, right? Well how about free tickets to over 300 Italian state museums, gardens, monuments and archeological sites? Interested? Thought you might be!! Read on……. Domenica al Museo free tickets The government initiative called Domenica al … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Broken

Italy is famous for its art, whether it’s Michelangelo’s Davide in Florence, Tiziano’s Assumption in Venice or Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in Paris. Some works, particularly statues and architecture, have survived for centuries, or even millennia, bringing pleasure to modern … Continue reading

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Italian Art 101 – Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione has Edinburgh retrospective

As a painter Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was groundbreaking, inventing new techniques still in use today, 250 years after his death. As a man, he seems to have been hard to live or work with, having a particular reputation for angry outbursts … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular

This week’s photo theme is angular. It brought to mind this photo that I took back in 2008 on the steps of Siena’s Duomo (cathedral). The pigeon was stalking me as I had a rather tasty panino but sadly for … Continue reading

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Italian Art 101 – The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna

Carved from a single block of imperfect marble, the torturously twisting Rape of the Sabine Women in Florence’s Loggia dei Lanzi, Piazza della Signoria, is one of the finest and most technically difficult sculptures in the world. Three intertwined bodies, … Continue reading

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Italian Art 101 – Lacoon and His Sons, Vatican Museum

The Vatican Museum is one of the must-see spots in Rome and one of the most popular museums in the world. And rightly so. Over 70,000 priceless works of art are on display and countless more are tucked away in … Continue reading

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