Friday, October 20, 2006

Annibale Carracci – Bologna through January 7, 2007

Bologna is a beautiful city in central Italy. It is known for its voluptuous women, fresh pasta, tortellini, fast cars, industry and the University. For many years Bologna was the center of the Italian communism and is home to one of the largest Universities in the world. Museums and other cultural centers are an important part of life in Bologna. Bologna is often overlooked as a vacation destination yet there are numerous things to see and do including a visit to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.

Bologna has brought together some of the works of Annibale Carracci at Museo Civico Archeologico of Bologna, September 27, 2006 through January 7, 2007. The admission to the show includes access to several other museums in Bologna during the same period. If you intend to be in the area this fall this could be an interesting way to spend a couple of hours before a great dinner of Tortellini alla Bolognese.

Annibale Carracci was born in Bologna in 1560. His early works include the Bottega del Macellaio, the Butcher's Boutique permanently housed in the Kimball Museum in Fort Worth, and Mangiafagioli, the Bean Eater. These illustrations are appreciated for their dominate realism. Additional works from this early period are also found in the Galleria Nazionale of Naples, the Uffizi in Florence and the Pinacoteca in Brera (Milan).

His first works, the Baptism of Christ, the Madonna and the Saints, the wedding of Saint Catherine and the Assumption of the Virgins, appear from 1583 when he was traveling in Tuscany and Venice. During this period he experimented with brilliant colors and contrast. He then worked on the affreschi in Palazzo Magnani in Bologna. In 1595 he was called to Rome to decorate the camerino of Palazzo Farnese with the stories of Hercules and Ulissis. Walking in front of Palazzo Farnese in the evening the lights of the first floor shine through the windows (the first floor in Italy is the second floor in the US). Brilliant colors on the high ceilings are clearly visible. These are the works of Annibale Carracci!

He continued working on his single paintings while employed in the realization of numerous domes of the primary churches of Rome and Naples. Today his paintings are found in Museums across Europe and his affreschi in numerous churches.

Annibale Carracci died in Rome in 1609.


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Anonymous Mick Gordon said...

The vast tradition and history of Europe really adds to its fascination. There is so much to experience in these locales whereas similar sized cities elsewhere often feel dead.

12:29 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Mick Culture, history, family, artisan workmanship are all things that make Europe so appealing to the US; they are the things that we have placed in a kitchen drawer thinking we do not need them anymore!

1:42 PM

Blogger Cibbuano said...

WHY is there no hotlink to 'voluptuous women'??

9:05 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Cibbuano You are right I should do a post on one of the greatest natural resources of Italy, the beautiful women. Just to put a link to some of the famous sites seemed like a gratuitously pimping the blog.

6:33 AM

Blogger Miss Natalie said...

Thank you for bringing back floads of great memories, Bolonga was one of my favourite cities in Italy, just stunning.


8:01 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Natalie Bologna is a fun city, with a great climate and warm and outgoing people. Close to the wine region, home to fresh pasta, 1/2 hour from the seashore, it is a greate place!

5:57 AM


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