UFFIZI GALLERY (FLORENCE): A NEW GREAT ROOM DEVOTED TO THE GENIUS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI

 

Sala 35 - Nuova sala di Leonardo 1

After the unveiling of a new arrangement of masterpieces by Caravaggio and other XVII Century artists and the new room dedicated to Michelangelo and Raffaello, Uffizi Gallery continues its renewal with a room devoted to Leonardo da Vinci.

 

The new Leonardo Room at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery (Room 35 in the West Wing), officially opened yesterday, displays three paintings by Leonardo, all of which were made originally for churches, hence why the room’s walls are painted pale gray using a spatula effect. To ensure optimal conditions, the paintings are contained in special glass display cases that reduce light refraction without detracting from the visitor experience.

 

On the left stands The Baptism of Christ, painted for the San Salvi Church in 1475-78, when Leonardo was still working with Andrea del Verrocchio. The painting highlights the divisions in tasks within the workshop in terms of style and technique between the master and his pupil.

 

The Annunciation can be seen on the facing wall. Hailing from the church of Monteoliveto, the angel casts its shadow over the flowering meadow, closing its wings upon landing like a bird.

 

In the centre of the room visitors can wonder at the Adoration of the Magi, commissioned for the church of San Donato a Scopeto, and which was left unfinished when Leonardo went to Milan in 1482 to work for Ludovico Sforza. The painting underwent a five-year restoration at Florence’s Opificio delle Pietre Dure, financed by the Friends of the Uffizi. The altarpiece offers insight into Da Vinci’s creative process with some parts more advanced, while other brush strokes point to an infancy in style and technique.

 

Eike Schmdt, director of the Uffizi Galleries,  explained the draw of the Leonardo Room. “The new arrangement has been designed not only to permit a slow, meditated visit, whereby visitors can compare the art and understand the stylistic evolution of Leonardo in his youth, but it is also correct in terms of art history, placing the artist’s works immediately after the rooms dedicated to the Florentine Quattrocento…It is part of a set of changes implemented to adjust the Uffizi to the needs of understanding by visitors as well as adhering to the museum’s educational principles.”

MILLENIA OF HISTORY IN BOVINO (APULIA), ONE OF “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN ITALY”

 

© Roberto Alborghetti Photos

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Bovino is an enchanting village of the Daunia Mountains, officially elected as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”.  Founded by the Dauni population in 323 B.C., it was destroyed during the Samnite wars started in 343 BC and rebuilt by the Romans under the name of Vibinum. Its historical past is rich of battles and conquers: Byzantines, Lombards, Saracens and finally the Normans occupied the town, until the 13th century, when Bovino found a period of peace under the kingdom of Frederick II.

Bovino played an important role in the commercial connection between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Traces of its past are still visible in the old town. The historical center of Bovino has a particular urban layout with narrow streets paved with cobblestones, arches, ruins of the Roman baths and aqueducts and several ancient buildings made with stone and tiled roofs. The old town also offers a number of about 800 refined stone portals, evidence of the role played by the city over the centuries.

Among the seven churches located in the village, the most important is the Cathedral Basilica, dedicated to St Mary of the Assumption, whose facade, realized in 1231 by the sculptor Zano from Gaul, gives an example of the primitive Gothic style that inaugurated the season of the Romanesque in Puglia. Its facate is asymmetric and the rose window shows a blown glass painting of Jesus Christ.

Another historical attraction of Bovino is the Castello Ducale, a refined castle built in 1045 by the earl Drogone “The Norman” from the ruins of an ancient Roman fortification. The castle was enlarged by Frederick II, to become the residence of the Spanish Dukes of Guevara in the 17th century. The Castello Ducale inhabited by the Guevaras’ descendants until 1961, was considered one of the most beautiful patrician houses of that century in the South of Italy. Torquato Tasso, Giovan Battista Marino, Maria Theresa of Austria and Pope Benedict XIII were some of the renowned personalities that found hospitality in the castle. In the chapel of the castle is conserved a silver reliquary containing a thorn from the crown worn by Jesus, probably donated by Pope Gregory XIII and Pope Innocent VIII.

Other historical treasures worth to be mentioned are the Church of Carmine built by the Jesuits in the 17th century, the neoclassical S. Maria delle Grazie, the old Church of St. Peter built in 1099 and example of Romanesque architecture with Byzantine elements, in which is preserved the painting “The Martyrdom of St. Peter” from the school of Caravaggio, the Church of Annunziata with its beautiful bell tower made of Trani’s stone and the Church of the Rosary built in 1205.

The Civic Museum is located in the “Pisani Palace” in Piazza Marino Boffa. It offers archeological findings from prehistoric, pre-Roman, Roman and medieval eras. Close to the Museum, we find the so called, Cantine Cerrato (Cerrato Cellars), one of the most important archaeological monuments of the urban fabric of Bovino’s underground. The Diocesan Museum has been  established in 1999 by the will of Archbishop Giuseppe Casale, to promote the artistic heritage of the Diocese of Bovino, dating back to the X century and active until 1979. Among the relics preserved, a miraculous thorn from Jesus‘ crown. We also recommend a visit to the Diocesan Library, located beside the Basilica Cathedral in Piazza Duomo.

The area also offers extensive natural itineraries and trails such as the forest of Salecchia, where it is easy to spot hawks and wild boar, the wood of Fenna and green area that host the holy sanctuary of “Valleverde”, blessed by Pope Juan Paul II in 1987.

 

THE NEXT APOCALYPSE – THE CLIP / ARTWORK FOR “ART TOPPLING TOBACCO PROJECT”

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THE NEXT APOCALYPSE 

Artwork by Roberto Alborghetti – 2013

Collage made with waste-paper of torn and decomposed publicity posters, Lacer/actions Project.

Work taking part to “Art Toppling Tobacco” Project

founded in Australia by Fay Thomson.

http://www.arttopplingtobacco.com.au/

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LA PROSSIMA APOCALISSE

Collage realizzato da Roberto Alborghetti con carta straccia di manifesti pubblicitari deturpati e decomposti per il progetto “Lacer/azioni”.

Opera creata per “Art Toppling Tobacco” / Arte che fa vacillare il tabacco – Progetto sociale contro il fumo creato in Australia da Fay Thomson.

http://www.arttopplingtobacco.com.au/

A MODERN ART INSTALLATION? NO, IT’S ONLY A DISFIGURED TRAFFIC SIGN IN ROME…

 

© Roberto Alborghetti

During a recent visit to Rome I was captured by a sort of “open air art installation” which showed a stunning colors palette… Really incredible colors and abstract for my “Lacer/actions” research about torn posters and urban signs.

As you may see now, that “thing” where I took my images from ( see my previous post: Pure abstract in Rome from an astonishing open air art installation ) was a disfigured traffic sign. It was located in Rome centre, along Via Cavour.

When I saw it, I was really struck by the way rain, sun, pollution, flyers, glue, paper residuals, spray paint , stickers and even some chewing gums grasped at it. It seemed that everything and everyone – intentionally or carelessly –  attacked it ruthlessly…

Yes, that defaced traffic sign may be considered as an example of urban vandalism, a proof of the urban degrade or a sign of some human uneasiness (and the fact that passers-by didn’t noticed it at all, confirms my thoughts). Anyway, it was a rare expression of a big City life. So, enjoy some other images from this spontaneous and public art installation in which it’s possible to trace colors and shapes reminding us some modern art streams and artists… They are natural, realistic and not manipulated images (as all the 40.000 pics I took so far for my project). Sorry, but I like to “unmask” contemporary art…. 

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UNA “INSTALLAZIONE” DI ARTE MODERNA? NO, E’ SOLO UN SEGNALE STRADALE DETURPATO… 

Ecco l’incredibile “cosa” da cui ho realizzato la serie di immagini astratte per il mio progetto “Lacer/azioni”. E’ un segnale stradale deturpato, che ho scoperto nel pieno centro di Roma. Tutto e tutti  vi si sono accaniti – sole, pioggia, smog, spray, carte e perfino cicche di gomma americana – fino a trasformarne i contenuti e la sua ragione di essere. Sicuramente è lo specchio di una città. Si potrà anche dire che è il segno del degrado urbano e dei vandalismi. E’ comunque il riflesso di uno stato (e magari di un disagio). Ed è sicuramente una  incredibile ed anomala installazione fatta di immagini casuali di puro stile astratto.

IS IT A TEARDROP? OR A PEARL OF SUN? OR A DEW-DROP? : AN “HAIGA” FOR EASTER

 

And then I’ll tell them

to guess if it’s a teardrop

or a pearl of sun

or a dew-drop…”

David Maria Turoldo

(From Poem: “For Easter Morning” )

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E poi gli dirò di indovinare

se sia una lacrima

o una perla di sole

o una goccia di rugiada…”

David Maria Turoldo

(Da “Per il Mattino di Pasqua”)

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© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions, LaceR/Azioni

A special Haiga to wish a very Happy Easter… The words are from a beautiful poem (“For Easter Morning” ) by a great Italian poet, David Maria Turoldo (1916-1992). Artwork comes from my “Spring Wings” Lacer/actions series: it’s not a painting; it is a realistic pictures, as the other 35.000 images I have created so far for my Lacer/actions project about torn posters and urban signs.      

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Uno specialissimo Haiga per augurare Buona Pasqua. Le parole sono tratte da una bella poesia (“Per il mattino di Pasqua”) scritta dal grande poeta Davide Maria Turoldo (1916-1992). L’artwork fa parte della serie “Ali di Primavera” per il progetto Lacer/azioni – Immagini sulla (pubbli)Città Strappata – di Roberto Alborghetti. 

UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS? NO, IT’S IMAGE #3 FROM “THE SPRING WINGS” LACER/ACTIONS SERIES

 

 Till next sunday April 1, I’m glad to share a special preview of a seven images series that I titled “The Spring Wings”. The whole series will be followed and concluded by a videoclip in which I’ll show a “live view” of that incredibile billboard from which I’ve made my artworks.

I think it’s one of the most astonishing torn posters I ever seen so far during my long research about ripped ads and urban signs. It was located in Lecco, a beautiful town on Como Lake (Italy). The incredible actions and re-actions made by time, weather and environmental conditions (rain, light, smog, humidity…) produced a capturing and harmonious mash-up of colors and shapes. I really had the luck to be in the right time in the right place… (in the following days the billboard was covered with new publicity posters).

The huge and whole torn paper advertising showed me pre-existing images that were crushed and de-structured in thousands of particles which presented fascinating colored streams and waves dancing on a completely white background. The various sections of the torn poster reminded me a sort of suggestion about springtime colors…as you may see also in this image, in which I like the movement of several Unidentified Flying Objects…

ABOUT MY “LACER/ACTIONS ART PROJECT”

LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs and landscapes, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have so far collected more than 35.000 images. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in a video clip, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations. I think in the lacerated advertisings is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital. 

Some “Lacer/Actions” artworks were published in a booklet-portfolio: Pics of torn (publi)city”.  In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited my show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” during the three days exhibition at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport, Italy).Myartworks are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perceptions (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests. In October 2010 I participated to “Parallax AF” in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade). One of my artwork will be kept at the new Contemporary Art Museum will open next September in Marche region (Italy). The next big Lacer/actions Show will take place in the enchanting XIII Century Rocca Aldobrandesca, an incredibile fortress in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from September 27 to November 4, 2012. An “The End of The World” event…  

R.A.

© Roberto Alborghetti

“THE SPRING WINGS” LACER/ACTIONS SERIES / # 1

 

 © Roberto Alborghetti

I think it’s one of the most astonishing torn posters I ever seen so far during my long research about ripped ads and urban signs. It was located in Lecco, a beautiful town on Como Lake (Italy). The incredible actions and re-actions made by time, weather and environmental conditions (rain, light, smog, humidity…) produced a capturing and harmonious mash-up of colors and shapes. I really had the luck to be in the right time in the right place… (in the following days the billboard was covered with new publicity posters).

The huge and whole torn paper advertising showed me pre-existing images that were crushed and de-structured in thousands of particles which presented fascinating colored streams and waves dancing on a completely white background. The various sections of the torn poster reminded me a sort of suggestion about springtime colors… So, from today to next saturday, I’m glad to share a special preview of a seven images series that I titled “The Spring Wings”. The whole series will be followed and concluded by a videoclip in which I’ll show a “live view” of that incredibile billboard. So, enjoy “The Spring Wings Lacer/actions” Series. Seven images to welcome the Springtime…              

ABOUT MY “LACER/ACTIONS ART PROJECT”

LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs and landscapes, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have so far collected more than 35.000 images. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in a video clip, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations. I think in the lacerated advertisings is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital. 

Some “Lacer/Actions” artworks were published in a booklet-portfolio: Pics of torn (publi)city”.  In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited my show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” during the three days exhibition at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport, Italy).My artworks are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perceptions (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests. In October 2010 I participated to “Parallax AF” in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade). One of my artwork will be kept at the new Contemporary Art Museum which will open next September in Marche region (Italy). The next big Lacer/actions Show will take place in the enchanting XIII Century Rocca Aldobrandesca, an incredibile fortress in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from September 27 to November 4, 2012. An “The End of The World” event…  

R.A.

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