Chiostro del Bramante!
A great resource for finding out about art related happenings in Rome is local website romaexhibit.it (with information in Italian and English about current and upcoming events). Here's a heads up about two must-see exhibitions in a couple of amazing venues on now in Rome – compliments of romaexhibit.it – along with details on how to make the most of any art-minded visit when you have cheap tickets to Rome.
Brueghel, the Fascinating World of Flemish Art
Chiostro del Bramante
Via Arco della Pace, 5 – 00186
On now until the 2nd of June 2013
This exhibition celebrates the Brueghel dynasty, a family of Flemish painters who made an indelible mark on the history of European art in the 16th and 17th centuries. More than 100 selected paintings and drawings provide a wonderful opportunity to admire unique masterpieces: the beautiful snowy Northern European landscapes, rural scenes, village fetes and still lives, all of which strike us for their meticulous attention to detail. The works are reflections on human existence, bringing together the sacred and the profane, faith and superstition, the cult of beauty and the seductive qualities of the grotesque.
The Chiostro del Bramante, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Rome, was designed by Donato Bramante (1444-1515) and is a fascinating place to visit any time of year and whatever the occasion.
Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio, 16 – 00187
On now until the 30th of June 2013
Indifferent to artistic fashions and trends, wrapped up in conveying the emotive truth of his portrayals, Titian was fated to go down in history as the greatest painter of his time and as the portrait painter of the rich and powerful throughout the known world. Saturated colors suggested depth and distances reconstructed like a mosaic, with small patches or touches and strokes of the brush, imperceptible marks that manage to vibrantly convey his figures' emotions.
Opposite the main entrance of the Palazzo del Quirinale is the Scuderie Papale, an 18th century stable remodeled in the late 1990s by architect Gae Aulenti and now host to some of Rome's most sensational exhibitions.
From the Vatican and Galleria Bhorgese to newly opened galleries and freshly painted street art, there's visual stimuli aplenty in this eternal town. Looking for the best in contemporary art? Try this previously published CheapOair blog post.
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