Cranach, the Great Venetians and Risorgimento Artists: Rome’s Other Great Painting Exhibits

Cranach, the Great Venetians and Risorgimento Artists: Rome’s Other Great Painting Exhibits

Cranach, the Great Venetians and Risorgimento Art displays are the biggest alternative to Van Gogh’s exhibition (by the way, it’s been extended to February 20) for painting lovers here in Rome.

We were really impressed with the German painter’s exhibit: Lucas Cranach, the other side of the Renaissance. On the backdrop of what is probably Rome’s most beautiful Museum, Galleria Borghese, packed with the finest works from every epoch Cranach could still have a great impact on us for the elegance of his art and his ability to evoke German Renaissance atmospheres. We loved his prints, his portraits and his attitude to innovate and create in a time where sticking to the standards was the rule. On show there are artworks coming from very important museums that are often put next to Italian paintings of those years reproducing the same topics. This is the first time ever Italy dedicates an exposition to Cranach, therefore you can’t miss it! In the two hour-span that you are given to see the Galleria and the exhibit emotions will run high. Reservations required: by phone +390632810 or online. Extended to March 3.

If you want to see Italy as you never imagined it, i.e. heroic and fighting,then I Pittori del Risorgimento is the right exhibit for you. This exhibit that celebrates Italy’s 150th Unification anniversary, will lead you into the ideals, the hopes and the battles that brought about for the first time after centuries a unified, independent Italy. There are few works on display but they are the kind you’d probably did not focus enough if seen out of this context, therefore the exhibition is worth a visit. It is a quick one, less than an hour but will help you see Italy under another light: the Risorgimento years were some of the best this country had in the past millennium and you will feel all the energy, the ideals and the sacrifice of Italians for freedom and the rise of an old nation into one, new, State. Until January 16.

Finally, our third pick: the Great Venetians. Rome’s most beautiful Renaissance Cloister, Chiostro del Bramante hosts this exhibit of paintings by Venetian artists from the 15th to the 18th century until January 30. Tiziano’s portraits and Tintoretto’s Venice views will be on display along with works from less famous but still great artists such as Pisanello, Bellini, and Tiepolo, just to name a few. Venice and his mainland territories developed their own art style that was very different from say the Tuscan or the Neapolitan. Venice was for centuries a powerful and rich state with flourishing trade connections all over Europe and Asia and many colonies in the Mediterranean. Therefore this is a unique opportunity to know more details one of Italy’s most important regional painting school. All the 80 works are on loan from Bergamo’s Accademia Carrara which is temporarily closed for restoration work. Take advantage of this opportunity to see top-notch northern-Italian art while comfortably staying in Piazza Navona’s surroundings! And we forgot to say that Chiostro del Bramante has a delicious restaurant/bar with Italian innovative cuisine (brunch during the weekend) and has got free wifi.

We loved Van Gogh’s exhibit but as usual in Rome, there is much more than just one big event. Head for Cranach, Risorgimento or the Great Venetians and you’ll come back with a big smile on your face!