THE PORTRAIT OF CARAVAGGIO AT THE ROYAL PALACE OF NAPLES
If you visit the Royal Palace in Naples, don’t forget to look for Caravaggio’s portrait, which can be found in one of the oldest frescoed vaults in the palace.
The artist who frescoed the vault, and who painted the portrait of the great master, is Battistello Caracciolo. One of the most important 17th century Neapolitan artists, who more than any other incorporated Caravaggio’s teachings when he came to Naples.
Caravaggio’s portrait in Naples
THE CHIESA DELLA MAZZA IS REBORN IN PALERMO
The Della Mazza Church in Palermo is reborn with its recovered 17th-century picture gallery and two exceptional altarpieces by Adrian Ghenie.
The Della Mazza Church
THE LUCIANO VENTRONE HOUSE-MUSEUM OPENS
A little more than a year after Luciano Ventrone’s death on 16 April 2021, the Luciano Ventrone and Miranda Gibilisco Foundation opens to the public what was once the home of the Italian painter active between the second half of the 20th century and the early 2000s.
This makes it possible to visit the “Casa-Museo Luciano Ventrone” in Collelongo and learn about the enormous legacy of an artist who spanned more than half a century, going down in art history as the “Caravaggio of the 20th century”– as the great art critic Federico Zeri defined him.
Luciano Ventrone House-Museum
THE WORKS OF PIETRO ALDI IN SATURNIA
The largest collection of works by Pietro Aldi is preserved in Saturnia, at the Polo Culturale named after the artist.
Inaugurated in 2016, the Polo Culturale Pietro Aldi houses the largest collection of works by the artist, is home to a library for children and young people, and organises temporary exhibitions of the highest calibre.
I recently visited the Polo Culturale Pietro Aldi, and in this post I will tell you about the life and works of an artist who told the great story of Italy.
Works by Pietro Aldi
WHAT TO SEE AT THE DUCAL PALACE IN MANTUA
When people ask me what to see in the Ducal Palace in Mantua, I always reply with a list of works of art and rooms that, in my opinion, everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
Don’t think, however, that a list of four or five rooms means that a visit to the palace is within the reach of those who have little time.
Visiting the Doge’s Palace in Mantua takes at least half a day, but if you want to explore the whole palace at your leisure and get to know a good deal of its history, it might take even longer.
In this post I’ve made a list of what you absolutely must see at the Doge’s Palace in Mantua, but once you’re inside, you’ll be blown away by the vastness of the itinerary and the stories the works of art can tell.
What to see at the Ducal Palace in Mantua