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Exhibits around the world > Italy December 13, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.

MUSEO CIVICO ARCHEOLOGICO > To Jan. 7: “Annibale Carracci.”
The name of the youngest member of the artistic family evokes the ceiling of the Palazzo Farnese in Rome (now the French Embassy). This exhibit, borrowing from such museums as the Louvre, the Met, the Hermitage, the Prado and the National Gallery in Washington, assembles about 80 paintings, drawings and prints that span his youthful creations in Bologna through to his mature work in Rome, where he was Caravaggio’s celebrated rival. The exhibition will travel to Rome.  www.annibalecarracci.it

GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI > To Jan. 7: “La Mente di Leonardo da Vinci: Il Genio Universale all’Opera.”
Most exhibitions about Leonardo (1452-1519) focus on a specific aspect of his creativity: art, technology, inventions. This ambitious show invites the viewer to explore Leonardo’s mode of thinking, as documented by early works, such as the Uffizi “Annunciation”; works by his fellow artists in Verrochio’s studio; documents from his library; and drawings that explore the mechanisms of vision and motion. www.polomuseale.firenze.it

COMPLESSO DEL VITTORIANO > To Feb. 4: “Matisse e Bonnard: Viva la Pittura!” “Vive la Peinture!”
These words often ended the correspondence exchanged by Matisse and Bonnard. The exhibition of more than 200 paintings and sketches by the two artists documents their obsession with the use of color but the divergences in their use of it: Cézanne’s colorful precision can be opposed to Bonnard’s fluidity.

SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE > To Jan. 28: “Cina: Nascita di un Impero.” The display begins with artifacts dating to the Zhou clans, 800 years before Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (221-210 B.C.), who unified China and began the tradition of emperors being buried with their terra-cotta army. Fourteen Chinese museums have loaned about 400 artifacts, including ceremonial bronzes, jades and ceramics. But the highlights of the display are terra-cotta figures from the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huangdi and terra-cotta replicas of men and animals from the later tombs of two Han emperors.  www.scuderiequirinale.it

PALAZZO DUCALE > To Dec. 3: “Il Paradiso di Tintoretto: Un Concorso per Palazzo
Ducale.” After a fire destroyed part of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice in 1577, a competition was held to replace the famous fresco in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio. Palma Giovane, Francesco Bassano, Veronese and Tintoretto, among others, submitted their interpretations of the imposed theme, paradise. Tintoretto won the definitive commission when Bassano’s slowness and Veronese’s death ended their projects. The small exhibit brings preparatory sketches by Tintoretto and other artists who competed, as well as Tintoretto’s winning work.  www.museiciviciveneziani.it

PALAZZO GRASSI > To March 11: “Picasso: La Joie de Vivre, 1945-1948.” Elated by his affair with Françoise Gilot and having left behind the gloom of Guernica, Picasso, who was living again on the French Riviera, created new works characterized by an explosion of colors. The 200 works in the show reflect three years of happy intensive creation in painting, drawing and ceramics. Photographs of the artist at play and at work complement the display.  www.palazzograssi.it

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