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ITALY NEWS # 72 - December 19th, 2008

Giovanni Bellini

Roma - 30th September 2008 - 11th January 2009

The Scuderie del Quirinale is proud to announce a monographic exhibition on Giovanni Bellini, hosting over 60 paintings that account for some  three-fourths of his entire know and certain output of sacred and profane subjects. A calm artist imbued with a deeply religious spirit, Bellini painted tirelessly for the whole of his life, portraying figures deeply immersed in the space around them. A space so intimately "Venetian", with its soft light, with her sober realism of the figures bathed in that light, and with the artist's taste for minute detail including the meticulous botanical detail that allows us to identify every single blade of grass.

 Guercino at the Uffizi

Firenze - 17th December 2008 - 22nd February 2009

Born in Cento in Emilia, Giovan Francesco Barbieri known as Guercino was without doubt one of the most consummate and fertile masters of Italian drawing in the seventeenth century. His production was distinguished from that of his contemporaries by its inventive vivacity and exceptional technical expertise. The remarkable vigour of his drawings was immediately appreciated by the historians, and the features of “tasteful ease” that have aptly been discerned as marking Guercino’s graphic production invite us to see this facility, which was the artist’s most notable quality, not simply in the sense of a natural gift but rather as an only partly innate talent for graphic expression.

Katharina Grosse

 Arnaldo Pomodoro 

Milano - 4th April 2008 - 22nd March 2009

Pomodoro visited New York  for the first time in 1956. In 1959 he organized exhibitions of contemporary Italian art at the Bolles Gallery in New York and San Francisco where he collaborated with Louise Nevelson and David Smith. In 1965 he was given the first of many solo exhibitions at the Marlborough galleries in New York and Rome. The artist taught at Stanford University in California and at the University of California at Berkeley and received a prize at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. During the late 1960s and early 1970s he executed commissions for outdoor sculpture in Darmstadt, New York, and Milan.


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