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Admiring Giotto, Perugino and other Italian art treasures in Perugia

posted by Home In Italy on May 23rd, 2017

From 11th April to 15th September 2017, Vittorio Sgarbi, curator of the exhibition, presents a real temporal museum display entitled “From Giotto to Morandi. Art Treasures of Italian Foundations and Banks “. The exhibition is hosted in Palazzo Baldeschi, a historic building of extraordinary beauty in Perugia.

Visitors will feel as though they were going through the gates of a large national museum, such as visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or the Capodimonte Museum in Naples.

It is a large patrimony, belonging to banks and foundations, which collects paintings of exceptional value, showing the historical and cultural features of the different territories of the Italian peninsula from the ’300s until the’ 900s, despite the variety of its composition.

This particular activity of collection represents an aspect of the more comprehensive cultural commitment of Banks and Foundations in a wider framework of activity and commitment to the community: purchase, recovery, restoration, and thus protection and enhancement of art works that would otherwise be dispersed.
The exhibition in Perugia takes into account the evolution of styles and provides an extensive overview of the subjects chosen by the artists. It ranges from the sacred theme to the allegorical and mythological representations, from the genre of the portrait to the ones of landscape and still life.
An appointment not to be missed if you are in Perugia or in Umbria for a weekly vacation.
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LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL

posted by Home In Italy on March 20th, 2017

If music is your first love and you enjoy rocking out to the sounds of musical legends and current chart favourites alike, the Lucca Summer Festival is a must visit! The mediaeval Tuscan city of Lucca comes alive during the month of July and plays host to stellar line up of international stars.
Take in the city’s array of wonderfully intact historical sites, beautiful renaissance architecture and picturesque greenery as you soak up the sounds of intimate open-air performances from the greats of the music scene.

The Lucca Summer Festival first launched in 1998 with the legend that is Bob Dylan headlining. Since then it has grown in popularity and a whole host of musical megastars have visited the city to perform on the historical stages of Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino and Amphitheatre Square. Past performances from esteemed stars include David Bowie, James Brown, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Alicia Keys to name but a few.

This year, the Lucca Summer Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and the planned line-up certainly befits that milestone. Robbie Williams, Green Day, Kasabian, Rag n’ Bone Man, Imagine Dragons, LP, Macklemore featuring Ryan Lewis and Il Volo will perform across various dates during July, wowing crowds and filling the streets with excited revellers.

Lucca is obviously extremely busy during the festival, particularly around the dates of headline performances. A great tip if you are travelling as part of a group is to use the festival organisers carpooling option – it will save time, mean that you have less hassle during busy festival days and open up your options for accommodation within areas outside of the city. Although this is a great service and used widely by festival goers, it’s important for us to advise a word of safety – always use this service as part of a group, ideally two of you should travel together at all times.

If seeking accommodation outside of the city appeals to you, there are several great villa options that would work well for groups of friends or families. Villas provide a home from home with everything you need to rest, relax and unwind. With the Summer Festival in mind, they are also a perfect base from which to visit Lucca for the day to catch your favourite performances. Some of our villa recommendations include:

Villa Alibia

This unique five star property is just a 10 minute drive from Lucca and offers a design led, contemporary retreat for a group of up to 10 people. Nestled on white marble rocks, this luxury villa offers a spectacular view of Lucca and the surrounding areas, whilst still offering a peaceful haven for complete relaxation.
http://www.homeinitaly.com/alibia.htm?idv=418

Borgo Benni

Situated in a hamlet tucked away amid the gently folding hills near the town of Lucca, this villa is a grand Tuscan retreat. Originally a hunting lodge in the early 19th century, its modern restoration has accentuated its unique inner courtyards to offer an enchanted silence.
If you’re looking for a time-forgotten atmosphere then this is the perfect option for you.
http://www.homeinitaly.com/borgo+benni.htm?idv=220

Tickets for the Lucca Summer Festival are on sale now at various ticket selling websites. For more information on the Lucca Summer Festival and to purchase tickets visit www.summer-festival.com.

If you’re keen to check out more villa options within the Lucca visit: http://www.homeinitaly.com/search-results.php

THE VALLEY OF TEMPLES

posted by Home In Italy on March 10th, 2017

One of the most fascinating areas of Sicily is undoubtedly the famous Valley of the Temples, impressive testimony of the Magna Grecia in Sicily.Since 1997 the Valley of the Temples is on the list of World Heritage.
The park that welcomes it’s the largest archaeological park in the world: about 1300 hectares.
The Valley of the Temples contains ten Doric temples, shrines and three different cemeteries:
Montelusa, Moses, Pezzino, Roman necropolis and the tomb of Theron, Early Christian and Acrosoli.
They are also present in water projects like the garden of Kolymbetra and Hypogeum, fortifications and a part of a Hellenistic-Roman quarter. Among the places of meeting of ancient Greece, the Agora are lower near the temple of Olympian Zeus and the upper Agora in the museum complex. And still a Olympeion and Bouleuterion (boardroom) Roman era of Greek plan.

Temple of Concord
In the wonderful and enchanting Valley of the Temples, there where the story has remained intact and present, is the Temple of Concord.
It is a temple of the ancient Greek city of Akragas and was built in 430. C., has a square shape and covers an area of 843.38 square meters and extends for 13,481 meters high, really imposing measures which hand down the greatness of Greek civilization. The main cell was preceded by an antechamber very spartan with two columns and was followed by another hall, used as a treasurer of votive gifts and the archives of the temple.
The colonnade respects the classic models, with 6 by 13 columns, and each column is made up of 4 drums, with a bundle of 20 channels with a sharp edge.

The name of this temple was chosen by the historian Fazello who found a Latin inscription nearby dedicated to the Concordia of Agrigentini, but that has nothing to do with it. In 597 the Temple of Concord was transformed into a Christian basilica by Bishop Gregory.
Such as the Temple of Hera that of the Concordia was built on a solid base, built in order to limit the unevenness of the rocky terrain.
The excellent condition of this temple is one of the sacred buildings of the most remarkable classical. The interior and the exterior of the temple were covered with a white stucco finish highlighted by polychrome elements, the twelve arches that can be seen were dug in the cell walls and tombs carved into the floor date back to the period when the Temple was transformed in the basilica. Getting to this place is like stepping back in time, the magnificence envelops you and makes you relive the magical ancient atmosphere, makes you feel the pathos of those who in faith and admiration went to these places, once in Agrigento is impossible not to visit the Valley of the Temples and temple of Concordia.
It is highly recommended to visit the Temple of Concord and the entire Valley of the Temples to not miss one of the most beautiful places that Sicily offers.

Temple of Juno (Hera Lacinia)
On the highest point of the Valley of the Temples hill is the temple of Juno, Hera Lacinia, founded in 460 BC, a magnificent temple whose columns had a direct impact on four steps, built with twenty slots and four drums. Inside the temple are the Pronao, the cell or Naos, where the traces of the fire caused by the Carthaginians in 406 BC are still visible, and the opisthodomos.
On the sides of the compartment door were the stairs to the roof while the base with three steps on the bottom was added at a later date.
On the east side of the altar remains are preceded by a staircase of ten steps leading to the floor where they celebrated the sacrifices.

The restorations that this temple has undergone many are from the end of the eighteenth century until the last of 2000/2006. To the west of the temple is located Porta III of which today you can see very little because of the rocky ridge landslide. Originally this door was open in an oblique recess with respect to the line of fortifications and was struck by a still visible roadway. The defensive system, the late sixth century. BC, was reinforced during the fourth century. B.C. with an imposing tower of which today remains part of the collapse of the high. The attribution of this temple to Juno is due to an incorrect interpretation of a piece by a Latin author. How much beauty and charm as it encased in one of the most important temples of the story, where there were once performed sacrifices, there where men came to ask forgiveness or grace, there where time has swept away the small tracks with wind and with the rain but nothing has been against the monumentality of these ancient works.

Just few minutes from Agrigento and The Valley of the Temples is located Villa Concordia: strategically located close to Agrigento and the majestic archeological site Valley of the Temples, Concordia is an exclusive villa with private swimming pool, ideal for those seeking privacy, comfort and relaxation. This luxury villa is set in a pleasant rural area, hidden among the rocks, not too far from the beach and the city. Immersed in a luxuriant garden, the property consists of three buildings overlooking the large pool and a beautiful Jacuzzi.

BURRI HOSTS POLLOCK, RAUSCHENBERG, MIRÓ, CHRISTO AND OTHER BIG NAMES IN CITTA DI CASTELLO

posted by Home In Italy on November 18th, 2016

After the Guggenheim in New York and the Kunstsammlung Düsseldorf, the highly anticipated exhibition at the former tobacco drying, in Umbria for the closing of the centenary with an exhibition titled ‘Materia between Europe and the US Space’, just opened and remain open until January 6th , 2017 .

After the significant success of the exhibition ‘Alberto Burri “The Trauma of Painting” of October 2015 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the next stop at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, the Celebration of the Centenary of the birth of the great Italian artist they end with a new exhibition event in Citta di Castello, his hometown.
The exhibition housed in the former tobacco drying, the exhibition presents an extensive survey on the most significant trends in contemporary art of the post-war period of the twentieth century, it seems possible to combine the art of Burri is as thematically prior to it is as contemporary or later with identified aspects of dialectical most obvious influence.

As stated by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Guggenheim Museum at the opening of the retrospective ‘Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting’, “the exhibition says the position of Burri as one of the most innovative artists of the period of the second world war. Burri created a new type of object, simultaneously painting and sculpture, which influenced later artists associated with new Dada, the Nouveau Realism and Postminimalism … “and, one might add, with the Italian Arte Povera.

These considerations there are others, no less fundamental for linguistic invention sprang from his work. Burri is in fact the artist directly and almost exclusively in the use of the material has got a brand new spatiality in the name of an “unexpected control” and a masterful balance that has qualified it forms. In setting, alongside a select group of works by Burri, 20, from tar to molds, from bags to humpbacks, from wood to burn, from the plastic knife, the cracks to cellotex until the ‘black and gold’, will be You can see works by masters protagonists of the twentieth and twenty-first century.

On display there are creations of Fautrier, Dubuffet, Pollock, Motherwell, Hartung, De Kooning, Wols, Calder, Marca-Relli, Scarpitta, Matta, Nicholson, Tàpies, Glue, Rauschenberg, Twombly, Johns, Fontana, Manzoni, Castellani, Hooks , Lo Savio, Klein, Rotella, Christo, Tinguely, Arman, César, Morris Sonnier, Beuys, Kounellis, Calzolari, Pistoletto, Pascali, Nevelson, Piene, LeWitt, Scajola, Mannucci, Leoncillo, Andre, African, Chamberlain, Capogrossi, Kiefer, Miro, Soulages and others.
Alongside works a photographic documentary of the repertoire and historical juncture between 1947 and 1989, including on the artistic current data, posters, brochures, catalogs, publications, videos, films, biographies, theoretical productions and other significant artworks.
It will wind along a separate path from the works themselves, facilitating the use of this particular cultural moment in history of art from the postwar period to the symbolic end of the cold War and the fall of the Berlin wall.

In a catalog there are collected essays and critical contributions of Peter Bellasi, Paola Bonani, Mario Diacono, Thierry Dufrene, Aldo Iori, Petra Richter, Luigi Sansone, Sarteanese Francesco Tedeschi, Italo Tomassoni, Denis Zacharopulos, Adachiara Zevi, preceded by introductory speeches Bruno Cora, curator and president of the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collection Burri and Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The publication is supplemented by images of the exhibited works and the historical and bibliographical information about the artists.

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