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Rome: The Blessed Angelico. The Dawn of the Renaissance, 8 April – 5 July 2009

Every summer tourists coming from all over Italy and from the rest of the world travel to Rome, the eternal city that thanks to its huge historic and artistic heritage catches the attention of millions of people of different age, culture and nationality.


Visiting Rome, its museums, historic buildings and monuments is always a unique experience, which can bring us back to the past. The tourists who travel to Rome are spoiled for choice, due to a great amount of churches, exhibitions and much more, and very often a short holiday is enough to see only a small part of what a city like Rome can offer. However, if you have already booked your low cost accommodation in Rome for this summer, you cannot miss the great exhibition dedicated to one of the most important Italian artists, the Blessed Angelico. From the 8th of April to the 5th of July Musei Capitolini will host the exhibition “The Blessed Angelico. The Dawn of the Renaissance”, which is considered as one of the most outstanding art events of 2009. This is the largest Italian exhibition ever dedicated to the Tuscan artist, who was dedicated another personal exhibition in the Vatican and in Florence in 1955 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death, while the exhibition that will be held this year in Rome is part of the celebrations for the 550th anniversary of the artist’s death. Fra’ Giovanni da Fiesole (this was his real name) was born in Vicchio, Florence (the same village where another great Italian artist, Giotto, was born) about the year 1395, and died in Rome in 1455, leaving an indelible trace in art history. The Blessed Angelico, indeed, is considered as one of the main figures of early Italian Renaissance, an artist that was influenced by late Middle Ages artists, yet he took a new route towards Renaissance art.

The exhibition is worth a visit for several reasons. First of all it includes an accurate selection of works coming from museums and collections from all over the world, which make visitors discover the different phases of the life and style of the Blessed Angelico, from the late gothic period to a more mature phase, characterized by a humanistic taste. The exhibition also includes some works which have never been displayed before, like the altar step from Zagabria (St Francis receiving the stigmata and the Martyrdom of St Peter) and the Annunciation from Dresden (reassembled in the 16th century), as well as other works that have been restored for the exhibition, like the Triptych from the Corsini Gallery in Rome including the Last Judgment, Ascension and Pentecost. Another feature that makes this exhibition particularly interesting is the focus on all the forms of art used by the Blessed Angelico, who was not only painter, but also miniaturist and drawer: space will be given to panels, tabernacles, canvas, polyptychs, altarpieces, but also to rare drawings, engraving and a mass-book containing miniatures.

The exhibition will be an unmissable event for all art lovers that will stay in a family hotel in Rome from the 8th of April to the 5th of July.

Date: 8th April – 5th July 2009
Location: Musei Capitolini, RomeFree Reprint Articles, Italy

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This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from Summer camp in Rome. For any information, please visit Cheap holiday or for travel information have a look to Cheap hotel reservations in Rome.

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