As 2010 draws to an end and 2011 begins Rome offers art lovers visiting Rome this winter an exceptional array of exhibitions ranging from Van Gogh to Italian contemporary artists, from Palazzo Farnese Renaissance art to Pablo Echaurren via the City of Gods and the Golden treasures from the National History Museum in Bucharest and much more this winter well into 2011. Let’s begin with Palazzo Farnese and its five hundred years of history between art and politics to discover the colorful history of the “fasti farnesiani”.
The doors of Rome’s Palazzo Farnese just opened last week on December 17th for a landmark exhibition to celebrate the Farnese building’s 500 years of history: from the Renaissance to the French Embassy. “The most imposing Italian palace of the 16th century”, according to Sir Banister Fletcher, it was designed for the Farnese family in 1517 and later expanded when Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534. Built and decorated by the most important and famous architects of the Renaissance age, including including Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Giacomo della Porta, and Michelangelo who redesigned the courtyard and the third story of this monumental building adding an architrave to give a central focus to the facade, above which is the largest coat-of-arms with papal tiara Rome had ever seen. While admiring the Farnese palace facade do not miss the two large granite basins moved here during the 16th century from the Baths of Caracalla to stand as fountains in the Piazza Farnese. Palazzo Farnese housed the famous Farnese family collection of classical sculptures, including the famous sculpture from Greco-Roman antiquity known as the Farnese Hercules, paintings and frescoes, precious gems and other treasures. Most of the Farnese collection ended up in Naples at the National Archeological Museum and at the Capodimonte Museum but are now back in Rome for the exhibition to be displayed on their Renaissance settings. French museums like Louvre, Chambord and Ecouen along with other Italian and international art galleries have also contributed to the 150 paintings, statues, drawings, tapestries and coins included in this remarkable exhibition that runs until April 27, 2011.
Please be informed that booking is mandatory.
French Embassy in Italy
Palazzo Farnese, Via Giulia 186 – Rome
Info and bookings:
Palazzo Farnese Exhibition Official Website
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