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War & Art.  Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I

War & Art. Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I

During the First World War even Italy’s historical and artistic heritage became a powerful propaganda tool for the country affected by the war. The art and beauty destroyed during air raids or land battles were further proof of the “enemy’s barbarity.” The planned or accidental destruction of artistic monuments had already been condemned by France...
At National Museum of Women in the Arts,  Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

At National Museum of Women in the Arts, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

Landmark exhibition explores images of Virgin Mary by renowned Renaissance and Baroque artists. Appearing throughout the entire world, her image is immediately recognizable. In the history of Western art, she was one of the most popular subjects for centuries. On view Dec. 5, 2014–April 12, 2015, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, is a landmark exhibition...
Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Art Basel’s 13th edition in Miami Beach closed today, Sunday, December 7, 2014, amidst strong praise from gallerists, private collectors, museum groups and the media. Highlights of the show included the introduction of the new Survey sector, which brought 13 art-historical projects to the fair, including many rare works never before exhibited in an art fair context; and Art...
Salvatore Scarpitta:  Traveler

Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler

  In Washington DC, at the Hirshhorn, July 17, 2014 to January 11, 2015 (Lower Level) A fascinating and singular figure in postwar art, Salvatore Scarpitta (1919–2007) created a powerful body of work that ranges from nonobjective abstraction to radical realism. Scarpitta’s career linked the worlds of art and car racing, moving from the avant-garde...
Titian's Danaë in Washington inaugurates Italy's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Titian’s Danaë in Washington inaugurates Italy’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Danaë (1544-45) by Titian, one of the masterpieces that best represents the Italian Renaissance, marked the inauguration today, in the nation’s capital, of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Representatives of the U.S. administration, members of the diplomatic corps, and the press gathered at the National Gallery of Art, where...
Titian's Danaë in DC to Celebrate Italian Presidency of EU Council

Titian’s Danaë in DC to Celebrate Italian Presidency of EU Council

To celebrate the commencement of Italy’s presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the Italian government is bringing to Washington’s National Gallery of Art, one of the most sensual paintings of the Italian Renaissance—Titian’s Danaë (1544–1545). “We are very pleased to continue our excellent cooperation with a prestigious institution such as the National...
Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget

Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget

  Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) celebrated the common man and tackled complex issues of postwar America in colorful, socially-minded paintings. This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth and brings together key works from a career spanning 52 years. Fasanella, an Italian American,  was born in the Bronx and grew up in the working-class...
Caravaggio Exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg

Caravaggio Exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg

This February visitors to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary will have a rare opportunity to view three famous paintings by, or attributed to, Caravaggio and take sides in an intense debate among the world’s leading authorities on Italian paintings. Two nearly identical versions of Caravaggio’s Saint Francis in...
Piero della Francesca’s Devotional Paintings Featured in New Exhibition Opening at the Metropolitan Museum on January 14

Piero della Francesca’s Devotional Paintings Featured in New Exhibition Opening at the Metropolitan Museum on January 14

Through a special collaboration with the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, and the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host a focused presentation on the devotional paintings of Piero della Francesca, addressing Piero’s work for private devotion for the first time. The four works on view have never before been brought together;...
Artists Vincenzo Tiboni, Giacomo Soriani, Armida Oradei, Exhibit in Washington DC at Casa Italiana Cultural Center

Artists Vincenzo Tiboni, Giacomo Soriani, Armida Oradei, Exhibit in Washington DC at Casa Italiana Cultural Center

                                   
Over 300 Works of "Italian Futurism" Coming to the Guggenheim in 2014

Over 300 Works of “Italian Futurism” Coming to the Guggenheim in 2014

February 21–September 1, 2014 The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States, this multidisciplinary exhibition examines the historical sweep of the movement from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II. Presenting over 300 works executed between...
Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds on display at Smithsonian in Washington, DC

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds on display at Smithsonian in Washington, DC

Leonardo da Vinci created masterpieces of art and sculpture. Equally remarkable, his aggregate achievements in engineering, mathematics, anatomy, geology, physics, music, military technology, aeronautics, and a wide range of other fields, not only stood without peer in his own time, but were strikingly prescient for the distant future. He recorded his forward-looking ideas in thousands...