|ITALY NEWS # 39 – December 24, 2007||Happy Birthday, Andrea Palladio – 1508, 2008||Vicenza – Through 2008.
Palladio celebration program in PDF format
Andrea Palladio is one of the greatest artists of the 16th century. Palladio’s beautiful villas are recognized all around the world for its beauty and in 1994 were put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. To celebrate the 500th birthday of his great artist, the enchanting city of Vicenza will offer different art exhibitions all along 2008. Masterpieces of Michelangelo, Sansovino, Tintoretto, Van Dyck, Canaletto and many other original hand signed drawings will complete this unique art event. There are also chances to taste typical recipes and listen to musical projects of the 16th century.
|Garibaldi, il Mito|| Genova, Palazzo Ducale – Through March 2, 2008.
Two hundred years after his birth, Genoa pays homage to Garibaldi, the hero of Italian unification, with various events and exhibits. Known as the “Hero of the Two Worlds,” Garibaldi spent years in South American exile spreading revolutionary ideals and participating in Uruguay’s war against Argentina. When he returned to Italy he conquered the south as part of his unification crusade.
|The Museum of Presepi||Roma , Via Tor de’ Conti
The “Museo dei Presepi” is a place with illustrations of the Nativity from different corners of the world. A relatively extensive network of glass cases filled with figurines of all materials from wildly diverse backgrounds. Terracotta magi from Genoa, a bamboo Jesus from China, Iberian statuettes and Korean figures have delicate bronze halos hovering over their smooth and serenely sculpted faces.
|Omaggio a Capodimonte. Da Caravaggio a Picasso||Napoli, Museo di Capodimonte- Through Jan. 20.
The National Museum of Capodimonte can be described as the first Museum nucleus of Naples. It is a building of historical prestige, situated in a splendid position on the hilltop, filled with important and very precious nuclei of collections. The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Capodimonte with paintings by Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin, Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Bacon and Basquiat.