Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas in Italy - Art Exhibits & Italy Christmas Traditions

Christmas in Italy - Art Exhibits & Italy Christmas Traditions

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire in Italy's piazzas full of families on an Italian passeggiata marks the season of Christmas in Italy. Enjoy this video to learn more about Italy's Christmas traditions and below a full list of art shows to visit if you find yourself on a Christmas in Italy vacation:

(ANSA) - Rome, December 18 - The following is a city-by-city guide to some of Italy's art exhibitions:

BRESCIA - Museo di Santa Giulia: Inca, Origins and Mysteries of the Civilisation of Gold; 250 artefacts, until June 27.

CASTELFRANCO VENETO - Casa del Giorgione: home-town show marking 500th anniversary of Giorgione's death; 130 works by Veneto painter and other Renaissance masters including Bellini, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian; until April 11.

CATANIA - Palazzo Valle: Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana; until March 14.

FERRARA - Palazzo dei Diamanti: Boldini In The Paris Of The Impressionists; show on Ferrara-born artist's 'beau monde' portraiture years from 1871 to 1886; until January 10.

FLORENCE - Uffizi: 'The Never Seen', annual Christmas display of works taken out of storage or recently acquired such as a portrait by Bolognese Renaissance master Amico Aspertini; 100 others include Dosso Dossi, Castagno, Salvati; until mid-January.

MILAN - Pinacoteca di Brera: Carlo Crivelli, San Domenico Triptych, works from Marche and loans from major world museums; until March 28.

- Palazzo Reale: Edward Hopper, 160 works; until January 24.

- same venue: Japan. Power and Splendour: 1569-1868, showcases 100 masterpieces on rare loan from Japan; until March 8.

- Triennale: Frank Gehry, projects since Guggenheim in Bilbao (1997); until January 10.

- same venue: Sandro Chia; until January 15.

- Castello Sforzesco: La Monaca di Monza; Hayez and other painters capture Manzoni's famed 'Promessi Sposi' character and the woman she was based on, Spanish aristocrat Marianna de Leyda; until March 21.

MONTECATINI TERME - Polo Espositivo Terme Tamerici: 19th century masters including Fattori, Lega, Signorini and Banti; until January 19.

NAPLES - six city museums: The Return of the Baroque, 350 works and 27 tours; until April 11.

PADUA - Museo degli Eremitani: Caravaggio, Lotto, Ribera, 50 works from the collection of art historian Roberto Longhi; until March 28.

- Palazzo Zabarella: Telemaco Signorini, show comparing 'macchiaioli' master with contemporaries like Degas, Van Gogh and Courbet; until January 31.

- Palazzo della Ragione: installation by Zaha Hadid; until March 1.

PASSARIANO - Villa Manin: The Age of Courbet and Monet; 134 works, until March 7.

PAVIA - Castello Visconteo: From Velasquez to Murillo, 50 masterpieces from the Hermitage; until January 17.

PERUGIA - Palazza Penna: 'Umbria Veloce' (Fast Umbria), show marking 100th anniversary of Futurism with paintings, self-portraits, posters, documents; until February 7.

PIACENZA - Fondazione Ricci Oddi: 19th-Century Tuscan Painting, Macchiaioli and beyond, 40 works; until May 2.

PISA - Palazzo Blu: Chagall And The Mediterranean; some 170 works; until January 17.

RIMINI - Castel Sismondo: From Rembrandt to Gauguin and Picasso; 65 masterpieces from Boston Museum of Fine Arts; until March 14.

ROME - Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo: The Secret of Marble, Painted Marble From Ascoli Satriano; 11 Ancient Greek works from the ancient city of Ausculum in Apulia including griffins returned by Getty Museum in 2007; until April 18.

- Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna: Sandro Chia, 61 works by Transavanguardia artists; until February 28.

- Vittoriano: Africa, A New History; 80 works by 30 contemporary artists from 20 countries; until January 17.

- same venue: Dada and Surrealism: 500 works from world museums including Man Ray, Duchamp, Picabia, Wood, Moreau, Munch, Miro', Arp, De Chirico and Picasso; until February 7.

- Chiostro del Diamante: Boldini, De Nittis, Zandomenighi, other Italian painters in Paris; until March 14.

- Palazzo Incontro: Galileo show marking 400th anniversary of his first observations of the night sky; until January 6.

- Palazzo delle Esposizioni: Alexander Calder; until February 14.

- Galleria Borghese: Caravaggio-Bacon: ten works by Italian master compared to 20 by British painter; marks 400 years since Caravaggio's death; until January 24.

- Scuderie del Quirinale: Painting in Ancient Rome, The Colours of Empire; landscapes, still lifes, stage decor, street painting, portraits and mythological subjects from 1st century AD to late antiquity; until January 17.

- Capitoline Museums: Michelangelo's architectural works in Rome, 140 sketches, models and contemporary documents; until February 21.

TREVISO - Casa dei Carraresi: The Secrets of the Forbidden City, Matteo Ricci at the Ming Court; until May 9.

VERONA - Palazzo della Gran Guardia: Corot and Modern Art, Souvenirs and Impressions; 100 works in collaboration with Louvre; until March 7.

VIGEVANO - Castello Visconteo: Leonardo da Vinci's output during his time in Lombardy; 'virtual codex' on flying, botany, mathematics, weaponry, astronomy, engineering and architecture; until April 5.

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