Tutankhamon, Caravaggio, Van Gogh art expo in Vicenza, Italy

Saturday, January 17, 2015

As of the 24th of December 2014, the city of Vicenza hosts in its beautiful Basilica Palladiana the "Tutankhamon, Caravaggio, Van Gogh" art expo. If you are into art, this is an expo you should visit because of its masterpieces. The main theme of this exposition is the evening and the darkness from the times of the Egyptians to the 20th Century. Ready to go?
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Before getting into this exposition, I cannot show some images of its location: the magnificient Basilica Palladiana projected by the famous architect Andrea Palladio, whose masterpieces made Vicenza and the Venetian villas, located in Veneto:my land, part of the Unesco sites list.
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So now it's time to explore the exposition!
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It is necessary to say that this art exposition is strictly personal, as advised by the cashier at the beginning and in fact I agree with that.

If I have to be sincere, honestly I did not understand that much the presence of Egyptian statues at the beginning with the other rooms of the exposition. However, it was nice to see some of them.
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After this introduction, it starts the "real" exposition, based on the night, its mysteries, its sensations and its emotions. Sometimes you could see a portrait of Tiziano and at the same time a Lopez Garcia's window over the Madrid's ring. Sometimes you ask why some paintings with several centuries of difference are exposed so close, but then you realize that is the night the common factor.

In the second section I was mostly impressed by the masterpiece of Giorgione, "Double portrait"
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and by other ones of Caravaggio, Tiziano, El Greco and Poussin, focused mainly on the atmosphere of the characters during the night.

The third section was the one I did not like that much, so I will go straight to the 4th one, focused mostly on the landscape, from the sunset to the night, with the moon and the stars. The pictures come mostly from the 19th Century, from the Romanticism to the Impressionism, with masterpieces of Turner, Friedrich, Corot, Millet and Monet, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Mondrian, Klee and Hopper.

Here you find my favourite picture of this section: "San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, after the sunset" by Claude Monet.
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Another great landscape is represented by the "City at moonrise" by Caspar David Friedrich.
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Skipping the fifth section, the sixth one comes back to the relationship between the man and the night, the darkness and the stars. You will find masterpieces such as the "Tahitian girl" by Gauguin.
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The best example of this section is the "Country road in Provence by night" by Van Gogh, whose I also bought in the past the replica, such as Monet's San Giorgio Maggiore.
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I would also love to underline the fact that some teachers of a high school of Vicenza decided to not take their students to this exposition, since it's a sort of an enormous mixture and set up just for profit and so on. Personally I find this approach completely wrong, since the school should train and form people that are able to think with their own mind and not following the willingness of the teachers.

I could agree with the fact that you feel that some sections are not completely connected ( especially the first ones with the other5 sections), but I think that the students should be given the opportunity to go there and judge the exposition following their passions. If a person is into art, he would be able to find good reasons to go there and also to appreciate some of the masterpieces you find there. 

I'm not an art expert, but I found some parts of this exposition really interesting and I would recommend anyone to test this exposition, since it's really personal, and explore it as if it were a city.

Going back to Vicenza, well I will write a post about this city, since it has two main itineraries: the Palladian itinerary and the Roman Vicenza.  Follow me, since this is for sure one of top travel itineraries in Italy! 

For other information about the art expo, about the tickets, bookings and so on, you just need to visit the website Lineadombra.it.

I would strongly recommend you to spend an entire day in Vicenza to visit this beautiful city, besides visiting this nice art exposition.

2 commenti:

Cocoa and Lavender said...

Looks like a really wonderful exhibit - and I like the diversity of it. Next time we are in the Veneto, Vicenza will be at the top of our list for a visit. (Sadly, the exhibit will not be there any longer, but the buildings will!) ~ David

Marco Zannin said...

Hi David! Yeah it was...sometimes I did not completely understand the connection between one room and another one, but it was great and I loved it! :-) Yeah I will dedicate a post about Vicenza and its itineraries, as soon as I come back there! :-D

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