Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 65 - October 6, 2008

 Mugello Cradle of the Renaissance


Mugello - Firenze - Through November 30th, 2008


 Set up in the Beato Angelico Museum of Vicchio, the exhibition celebrates three masters originating from the Mugello: Giotto and Fra Angelico, born in the territory of Vicchio and Andrea del Castagno, from the village that gave him his name.
Brought together for the exhibition are Giotto’s Saint Stephen, loaned by the Fondazione Horne, Dante and Boccaccio by Andrea del Castagno, from the Uffizi, the Altarpiece of Bosco ai Frati by Fra Angelico, from the Museum of San Marco, and two precious small panel paintings by Giotto (Saint Francis and Saint John the Baptist) belonging to the Ente Cassa di Risparmio
of Florence.

   Louise Bourgeois for Capodimonte

Napoli - From October 18th, to January 11th, 2009


For the first time in Italy, an exhibition that includes works from all periods of Louise Bourgeois’s career will be inaugurated at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. The artist - who over the last few decades has become a symbol of modernity - will present a collection of works that trace the steps of her artistic production from the last century until the present day, in a knowledgeable reflection that unites poetry and individual assumptions with the ordered language of contemporary avant-garde art. The Capodimonte installation will be composed of approximately sixty works, including two new Cell sculptures that have never before been exhibited.


    The Great Bronzes of the Baptistery

     Il Celeste Impero - The Blue Empire


Torino - Through November 16th, 2008


The exhibition Il Celeste Impero. Dall’Esercito di Terracotta alla Via della Seta (The Celestial Empire. From the Terracotta Army to the Silk Road) bears witness to the period in Chinese history that began with the foundation of the first empire (221 B.C.E.–220 C.E.) and ended with the fall of the Tang dynasty (618–907), characterized by periods of great artistic and cultural splendor during which the Chinese civilization spread throughout Eastern Asia and was enriched by the contributions of Western cultures thanks to the flourishing trade along the caravan routes of the Silk Road and the diffusion of Buddhism from India. Over eleven centuries of history are represented by more than two hundred works from among the most refined Chinese archaeological finds from thirty-six museums included among the most prominent in mainland China, in six provinces: Shaanxi (13), Gansu (11), Henan (5), Jiangsu (3), Hebei (3), Hunan(1).

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