From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome Opens at the National Gallery of Canada

Carlo Saraceni (c. 1580–1620), Venus and Mars, c. 1600, Oil on copper, Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, on loan at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

The power, politics and drama that surrounded papal patronage in 16th-century Rome will be revealed in a magnificent new exhibition opening at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) on May 29. From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome represents an unprecedented survey of art in this period. Presented by Sun Life Financial, it will be on view until September 7, 2009.

This large international loan exhibition brings together over 150 exceptional paintings and drawings for the first time by celebrated artists such as Michelangelo, Titian, El Greco, Vasari, Barocci and Annibale Carracci. In addition, pieces by lesser known, but nonetheless superb artists are also included. They too played a significant role in the evolution of Renaissance Rome but have only recently been acknowledged and appreciated for their skill and relevance to art history during this period. Together they illustrate how papal patronage, which was driven by unrivalled ambition and the need to propagate their own belief system, gave rise to one of the richest periods in art history and the lasting legacy of some of the greatest artists in the world.

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Urbino's Most Illustrious Son, Raphael, Honored with Exhibition in his Hometown in Italy

The painting «Knight's Dream» is an example of what can be seen in the exhibition «Raphael and Urbino» which opened at Ducal Palace in Urbino, Italy

The city of Urbino (north of Italy) is remembering its most illustrious son, Renaissance painter Raphael, through a great exhibition that has gathered 40 of his works of art and another 40 by different artists of the time.

The exhibition “Raphael and Urbino”, organized by the Superintendency of Superintendency of Historical, Artistical and Ethno-Anthropological heritage for the Marche, was inaugurated on Saturday at the Ducal Palace in this small city, and pretends to put a value on the connection between Raphael and his place of origin.

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Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 9:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Raphael's Madonna is restored

Raphael. Madonna of the Goldfinch. 1506. Uffizi Gallery, Florence. The image before and after the restoration

Italian experts have finished the restoration of Raphael’s masterpiece Madonna of the Goldfinch (1506). It was seriously harmed while the ruining of Lorenzo Nasi’s house in 1548. The picture will be returned to the exposition of Uffizi Gallery.

Raphael created Madonna of the Goldfinch for the wedding of his friend, an influential Italian merchant Lorenzo Nasi. The artist depicted God’s Mother with John the Baptist giving Jesus a goldfinch which is considered a symbol of crucifixion and violent death.

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Published in: on January 16, 2009 at 9:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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