Parma and the Farnese family: a history of power and beauty

Raffaello Sanzio | Ritratto del Cardinale Alessandro Farnese

Raffaello Sanzio, Ritratto del Cardinale Alessandro futuro Papa Paolo III, 1509-1511
olio su tavola, cm 139 x 91
Napoli, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
© Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte

PARMA AND THE FARNESES: A HISTORY OF POWER AND BEAUTY

The story of Parma and the Farnese is one of power and beauty.
From the marriages arranged to extend the political influence of one of the most influential families of the Italian Renaissance, to the works of art they collected and commissioned from the leading artists of the time, the Farnese were at the centre of the most important historical events from the 16th to the 18th century and transformed the territory of Parma into a political and cultural reference point.

In this post I will tell you their story.

Parma and the Farnese family
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6 Abstract Art Techniques And Tips For Every Newbie Artist

Talented Innovative Female Artist Draws with Her Hands on the Large Canvas, Using Fingers She Creates Colorful, Emotional, Sensual Oil Painting. Contemporary Painter Creating Abstract Modern Art

6 ABSTRACT ART TECHNIQUES AND TIPS FOR EVERY NEWBIE ARTIST 

In the 21st century, abstract paintings appear effortless and ordinary to everyone, causing people to forget how innovative they were back in the 20th. Such artworks and the artisans who created them caused a remarkable sensation in the world. Like painting representational art, abstract painting also involves expertise and knowledge of art forms, color combinations, and values.

Do you agree that the best kind of exploration is one that has no rules?  If so, knowing how to paint abstract art is a terrific place to start your artistic journey. It’s also a surefire way to ensure that your work has compositional strength, visual intrigue, and that it always remains fascinating for you as a rookie artist.

However, learning how to abstract paint isn’t always simple. Aside from taking inspiration from some existing and notable abstract art prints and paintings, you’ll also need to learn some of its techniques for creating beautiful artwork. Fortunately, there are a few pointers below that can assist you in creating your own abstract painting canvas without becoming overwhelmed or too harsh on yourself.

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Women in Macchaioli’s works: masterpieces and women’s role

Silvestro Lega | Le bambine che fanno le signore

Silvestro Lega, Le bambine che fanno le signore (1872) – Istituto Matteucci,Viareggio

WOMEN IN MACCHIAIOLI’S WORKS: THE MASTERPIECES TO KNOW AND WOMEN’S ROLE

The success of Macchiaioli’s works depends certainly on beauty of their paintings, but the role played by women was decisive, too.

Woman enters Macchiaioli’s paintings in a brand new way, and the success depends also on the strength of some special women.

Macchiaioli’s works and women’s role

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Art in the 19th century between nature and emotion

ART IN THE 19TH CENTURY BETWEEN NATURE AND EMOTION

What does it change in art world in the 19thcentury and what do artists want?
It’s an important historic period, where art enters a new phase.
Clients and also artists change: artists want to transfer their feelings on their works.
In this post I’ll talk about art in the 19th century.

Art in the 19th century

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Art Nouveau style in Naples: artists and works

Giuseppe De Curtis | Dream in Venice

Giuseppe De Curtis – Dream in Venice, 1890. Tempera on canvas, 130 x 145 cm
Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, Photo Giusti Claudio, Florence

ART NOUVEAU STYLE IN NAPLES: ARTISTS AND WORKS

What was Art Nouveau style in Naples and who are the most important artists?
A new artistic style which spread all over Europe, between the late 19th century and the early 20th century, with its sinuous shapes inspired by nature.
At that time Naples was a cosmopolitan city and open to novelties, not very different from Paris and, therefore, embraced Art Nouveau style in all its variations.

Art Nouveau style in Naples will be a revolution!

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