Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 68 - November 6, 2008

Canaletto - Venezia and it's Shinings 

 The Gonzaga's Cameos

Mantova - October 12th, 2008 - January 11th, 2009


The Gonzaga built up an exceptional cabinet des merveilles at the Ducal palace of Mantua. For two centuries they were refined collectors of antiquities and modern art. Cameos and carvings, valuable goldsmithery, objects made of semi-precious stone and glass, and exotic curiosities played a part in confirming their power and intellectual standing. Like other Italian noble families, the Medici in Florence, the Este in Ferrara and the Sforza in Milan, the lords of Mantua began during the second half of the 15th century to develop a particular fondness for engraved precious stones.


    Amico Aspertini - 1474- 1552

Bologna - September 27th, 2008 - January 11th, 2009



Amico Aspertini (1474 – 1552 ) is the most varied and unpredictable painter on the art scene of Bologna in the first half of the sixteenth century. He lived through some crucial years in the history of Bologna. Perfectly integrated in the court circles of Giovanni II Bentivoglio, he worked alongside Francesco Francia and Lorenzo Costa, the most renown painters of that age. Once the city came under Papal rule, Aspertini’s close connections with prestigious citizens who commissioned artworks continued. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, he never stopped his ceaseless travel and drawing activities throughout Italy, which led to contacts with Raphael, Dürer, Michelangelo, Filippino Lippi, Perugino and other leading artists in the figurative culture of the time.

   Lucio Fontana, Light and Color

Genova - October 22nd, 2008 - February 15th, 2009

 Palazzo Ducale hosts an anthology of Lucio Fontana’s works aimed to highlight the importance of color and light, in a continuous effort to experiment and explore with materials. On display about two hundred works chosen and arranged in accordance to criteria of light, color and environment and mounted according to the different monochromatic variants. The second section holds the artist’s ceramic production. Ceramic, in fact, allowed the artist to merge the study of color and the analysis of materials and, in certain cases, to express his connection to the territory.


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