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Arte Povera : Movements in Modern Art (2005) - Robert Lumley [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Capriccio with the Colosseum (1743-44) - B. Bellotto

Culture of Italy

Italy is well-known for its art and culture. It has many famous works of architecture, among them the leaning tower of Pisa and the Roman Colosseum. It is renowned for its food (pizza, pasta, etc.), wine, lifestyle, elegance, automobiles, visual art and design, cinema, theatre, literature, poetry, music (notably Opera), holidays, and generally speaking, taste. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy#Culture [Aug 2005]

Agostino Carracci (1557 - 1602)

Portrait of a Woman as Judith () - Agostino Carracci

Headpiece for a fan (Bohlin 193), inventory number: GLAHA 10288
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The art of the caricature first appeared in Agostino Carracci's "Sheet of Caricatures" (detail), 1594.
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Agostino Carracci (or Caracci) (August 16, 1557, in Bologna - March 22, 1602, in Parma) was an Italian painter and graphical artist. He posited the ideal in nature, and was the founder of the competing school to the more gritty (for lack of a better term) view of nature as expressed by Caravaggio. He was, along with his brothers, one of the founders of the Accademia degli Incamminati, which helped propel painters of the School of Bologna to prominence.

See also his brothers Annibale Carracci and Lodovico Carracci. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agostino Carracci [Jan 2006]

The most prolific creator of erotic imagery in Italy in the sixteenth century. --Peter Webb, 1975, p. 118

See also: Mannerism - caricature - Judith - Italian art - 1500s


In search of comic book and postcard qualities in art.

Piazza San Marco - Looking Southeast (1735-40) - Canaletto

Giovanni Antonio Canal (Venice, October 28, 1697 – April 19, 1768), better known as Canaletto, was a Venetian artist famous for his landscapes or vedute of Venice. They served as the equivalent of painted postcards for those able to afford the price. He was a son of a painter Bernardo Canal, hence his nickname Canaletto. His nephew Bernardo Bellotto was also a landscape painter; he sometimes used the name of Canaletto to further his own career.

Many of his pictures were sold to Englishmen on their Grand Tour, most notably the merchant Joseph Smith. It was Smith who acted as an agent for Canaletto, first in requesting paintings of Venice from the painter in the early 1720s and helping him to sell his paintings to other Englishmen. In the 1740s Canaletto's market was disrupted when the War of the Austrian Succession led to a reduction in the number of British visitors to Venice. Smith also arranged for the publication of a series of etchings of caprichos (capriccio italian for fancy), but the returns were not high enough, and in 1746 Canaletto moved to London, to be closer to his market.

Canaletto's views always fetched high prices, and even as early as 18th century Catherine the Great and other European monarchs vied for his grandest paintings. The record price paid at auction for a Canaletto is £18.6 million for View of the Grand Canal from Palazzo Balbi to the Rialto, set at Sotheby's in London in July 2005.

In many ways, his works anticipated Impressionism. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaletto [May 2006]

See also: landscape - Italian art - 1730s - Venice - painting

Agostino Veneziano

Agostino Veneziano
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Filippino Lippi

Filippino Lippi And Pietro Perugino The Deposition From The Cross 1500s

Ro.Go.Pa.G. Pier Paolo Pasolini (segment La Ricotta) (1963) [IMDB]

Resurrection of the Flesh (detail of Fresco) (1499-1502) - Luca Signorelli

Resurrection of the Flesh (detail of Fresco) (1499-1502) - Luca Signorelli

Luca Signorelli (c.1445-1523), Tuscan painter, is noted for his ability as a draughtsman and his use of foreshortening. His work shows his interest in anatomy. His masterpiece is considered to be his fresco of the Last Judgment (1499) in Orvieto Cathedral. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luca Signorelli [Sept 2005]

See also: flesh - 1400s - fantastic art - Renaissance - Italy

Monsù Desiderio

King Asa of Juda Destroying the Idols () - Monsù Desiderio

François de Nomé
(b. 1593, Metz, d. 1644, Napoli)

It is only in recent years that the mysterious painter called "Monsù Desiderio" has been separated into two artists who collaborated: Didier Barra (1590-c. 1644) and François de Nomé, both from Metz, Lorraine. Didier Barra usually painted topographical views, chiefly of Naples. François de Nomé was the more adventurous of the two, concentrating on the bizarre. Both painters spent their entire careers in Naples but never assimilated any local influences; they both retained a form of archaising mannerism of a similar type to that of Claude Deruet. At their best, François de Nomé's pictures excite by their power of expression, even though they seem flagrantly to disobey almost every rule of art. --http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/Biographies/MainBiographies/N/nome/nom%E9.htm

see also: http://www.latribunedelart.com/Expositions_2004/Monsu_Desiderio_166.htm [Jun 2005]

Madonna with child (1480) - Carlo Crivelli

Madonna with child (1480) - Carlo Crivelli

Carlo Crivelli (1435 in Venice, Italy – 1495 in Naples, Italy) was a Venetian Renaissance or Quattrocento painter.

The only dates that can with certainty be given are 1468 and 1493; these are respectively the earliest and the latest years signed on his pictures--the former on an altar-piece in the church of San Silvestro at Massa near Fermo, and the latter on a picture in the Oggioni collection in Milan.


Unlike the naturalistic trends arising from Florence at the same time, Crivelli's style still echoes the Byzantine styles. The urban settings are jewel-like, elaborately detailed, and full of allegorical detail.

He introduced agreeable landscape backgrounds; and was particularly partial to giving fruits and flowers as accessories, often in pendent festoons. [...]

Despite his Venetian birth, his paintings have a linear Umbrian quality. Crivelli is a painter of marked individuality, hard in form, crudely definite in contour; stern, and sometimes admitting into his pictures objects actually raised in surface; distinct and warm in color. His pictures gain by being seen in half-light, and at some little distance. Few artists seem to have worked with more uniformity of purpose, or more forthright command of his materials, so far as they go. [...] --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Crivelli [Feb 2006]

See also: Madonna - child - Renaissance - Italian art - 1400s

Arte Povera : Movements in Modern Art - (2005) - Robert Lumley

Book Description
In 1967 the critic Germano Celant coined the term Arte Povera to describe the work of Italian artists making use of simple materials to achieve their artistic statements in a reaction against the commercial pressures of the art market in the late 1960s. Artists associated with Arte Povera include Luciano Fabro, Giulio Paolini, Jannia Kounellis, Mario Merz, and Alighiero Boetti. The term has subsequently been used to describe work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, Land Art, and performance. In this fully illustrated survey, Robert Lumley provides a concise and accessible account of the phenomenon of Arte Povera. He identifies key events in the history of the movement and explains the cultural context that gave rise to it and its abiding influence on art today. This is the ideal book for anyone who wants to explore one of the formative movements in the development of contemporary art.

AUTHOR BIO: Robert Lumley, a noted critic, is professor of Italian cultural history at University College, London. Product Details

The term Arte Povera was introduced by the Italian art critic and curator, Germano Celant, in 1967. His pioneering texts and a series of key exhibitions provided a collective identity for a number of young Italian artists based in Turin, Milan, Genoa and Rome. They were working in radically new ways, breaking with the past and entering a challenging dialogue with trends in Europe and America.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arte Povera [Mar 2006]

See also: Modern Art - Italian art - 1967

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