Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

 NEWSLETTER # 132 - December 7th, 2010



Palazzo Ducale – Genova – November 26th, 2010 – May 1st, 2011


The exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale uses eighty paintings from museums and collections throughout the world to explore this magical journey through colour, which Van Gogh described as “always changing – you don’t always know if it’s green or purple – you don’t always know if it’s blue – because a second later its changing reflection has taken on a pink or grey hue.” Yet the French Mediterranean coast took a surprisingly long time to capture the imagination of painters in terms of the concept of landscape at the beginning of the nineteenth century, at precisely the moment in which Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes published his famous treaty on the depiction of nature. Indeed, there was an enduring notion that the Mediterranean was closely associated with the ancient world and, above all, Roman civilisation. Consequently, painting was dominated by references to the Italian coasts, as the locations delegated for this return to antiquity.


Rodin, the origins of genius

Giorgio De Chirico

Caravaggio - An impossible exhibition


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