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Art of Romanticism

The magnificent Art of Romanticism. In 1861 Italians united Italy. After some battles. Thanks also to a great engagement of artists. All the kingdoms disappear to let space to a unique country. The process that brought all the country under the same king started in 1815, after the Congress of Vienna. We call this period Risorgimento (Resurgence). It gave the chance to Italy to change its shape. People worked hard to reach the goal and art gave an important contribution to it. Art of Romanticism became the flag of the movement.

The ability of the art to make a revolution impress me a lot. This happens many times, in almost all the eras, especially in the last centuries. Anyway, who loves art has an interest in analyzing the historical context. Not only. Who loves art want to pay attention to the techniques. It’s amazing how artists changed the way to paint in the 19th century. I like a lot of painting and sculptures and going around the Italian museums and exhibitions I saw the evolution of the style. Also the differences among the artworks of the various artists of the same period.

Art of Romanticism: the 19th-century revolution

Romanticism started at the end of the 18th century. When the new generation of artists understood that Neoclassicism wasn’t influencing anymore the society, they started to search for something new. They changed completely the way to express their ideas and point of view. The art of Romanticism has various features. Romanticism canceled the Neoclassical reasoning, control, geometric perfection and, above all, imitation of the art of the ancients.

Not all the artists of the period made a radical change, but most of them yes. They wanted to draw a line to separate the past from the present. Their style was dominated by unbridled passion, strong feelings and a renewed fervor for the religious world. Moreover, if the neoclassical artist was convinced that the perfection of art had been reached by the ancients, the romantic drew, instead, inspiration from the dark and mysterious world of the Middle Ages. That period until then had been considered a period of no importance and purely negative.

Art of Romanticism in Italy

Who loves art can easily understand how nice is a journey into the art of Romanticism. That period is really amazing because it takes people into modern art. The paintings are not only a representation of a view, but there is a sign, something more. I think the feature of the style is visible in the vigorous brushstrokes capable of interpreting reality. Color and not too defined signs tell a story.

This is what I like about the art of Romanticism. Then, of course, there are many elements related to the history of that period. I love to explore the most important event of Italian unity. Also, I like to see in the paintings how Italy was at that time. The same feelings, especially talking about techniques, come from the sculpture. If you want to see art in Italy you have a lot of opportunities. But I recommend you to explore the artworks of the 18th century.

Romance artists

If you like art visit Italy. Art of Romanticism has a huge collection spread in all the country. There are many museums that offer the view of great artworks to the visitors. Time to time in various Italian cities there are thematic exhibitions. I like them because they collect paintings and sculptures also from foreign museums and private collections. So it’s easy to see some artworks that are usually not visible to the public.

I will write more about some art galleries and museums. Because Italy can show you the best examples of the art of Romanticism. But now I want to share some pictures I took during my visits. So I let you enjoy them. Before I remind you that after finding a flight, maybe using some free miles obtained with your credit card, you can reserve a hotel and buy the tickets to enter the museum. Planning in advance will be useful especially if you want to see some temporary exposition because you will check the place and the dates.

Paintings

                                          One of the famous “kiss” of the painter Hayez

 

In the painting, you can see the famous writer Alessandro Manzoni, one of the Italian literature icons

 

                                     This young girl represents Italy, that was born in 1861

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Kruševo: a Macedonian surprise

I had the chance to visit the Republic of North Macedonia and especially Kruševo. Despite the business meeting, I could go a bit around. I want to post more articles because there are different places that I want to tell you about.

One of the villages that left me positively surprised. It is in a perfect location, from where to join a special panorama, but at a first look is just a little ensemble of old houses.

The village of Kruševo

Going around Kruševo it is easy to discover some pearls. Actually, it is well known for different reasons. The first one is because the village, less than 10.000 inhabitants, is the highest in Macedonia: 1250 meters above the sea level, then because it was a political entity proclaimed in 1903 when it became Republic as a consequence of a fight against Ottomans. Its life was short: from 3rd to 13th August 1903. Also, the contemporary national history made it famous: there is a museum dedicated to Todor “Toše” Proeski, a Macedonian singer died in 2007 (26 years old) in a car accident. He was very popular and for him, it was organized a state funeral.

Despite these aspects, I found many interesting attractions to see around Kruševo. First of all the village itself. Walking in the small streets is the first step to get inside the local atmosphere, where the time seems to be stopped. It is a quiet place, where old cars move around together with horses and donkeys. Life is going calm, but there is a space with some computers provided by the government where people can go to use the internet for free. So modernity is approaching the village.

                                                                                         Kruševo surroundings

The artist

There are a few attractions that I want to mention: the museum dedicated to Nikola Martinoski, the sanctuary and the lake. They made me fall in love with Kruševo. The art and nature show somehow the soul of the village and I was happy to go back there to spend a bit more time to explore the area and know better the place.

Nikola Martinoski was a painter lived between 1903 and 1973 and it is considered the founder of contemporary Macedonian art. He also spent two years in Paris where he studied at Académie de la Grande Chaumière. His paintings are wonderful artworks in an expressionistic style. With few lines and a good combination of colors, he was able to show the people and their life.

In each person painted it is possible to see how they feel, their condition. I did not know anything about this artist before but discovering that gallery I had the chance marvelous artworks. I have been twice and the first time I met a lady who speaks French, so it was easy to understand, meanwhile the second time there was a lady who speaks only Macedonian but anyway she wanted to take me in the different rooms and explain me all the paintings.

                                                                                          The gallery in Kruševo

The staff is very kind and in the museum, there are also some rooms to show how was the house in the past when the painter was alive. Some of the artworks are present also in the National Art Gallery in Skopje. But you can check out my other posts about the local attractions. I want to explain a lot about my last visit to the country.

The sanctuary

The sanctuary is between the village and the top of the hill where is a big cross made with iron, as in Skopje. It is a small monastery with a lovely church and spaces where groups can stay to eat and spend some time for their meetings. To manage all the structure there is a man who is the uncle of Todor “Toše” Proeski, or at least is what he says. For sure he is proud to show the room where his nephew was used to spend time when he was a child.

As I mentioned a few lines before in Kruševo there also the museum of the singer, with some of his objects. Then there is also a strange construction where it is located the Museum of National Liberation War with pictures and some objects to remind the victory against the Ottoman Empire. Also if it has lasted for a few days. In the village, there is also the museum of local history where it was rebuilt a bit the setting of the typical houses.

The lake

Now it is time to write about the third reason why I love this Macedonian village: the lake, called Gumenje. In general, it is never too crowded, but it is used for recreation and for fishing. From there it starts the Kruševo-Norovska river, but the main feature is the peace that each person can feel walking there. There is also a pathway with benches built to easily move around all the lake.

The water appears calm, the trees around are well cleaned and gives different colors reflected on the water. Autumn is surely the best season to see it. At the moment spent there I was totally surrounded by nature, almost in communication with it, the sky was closer, blue with some white clouds. A wonderful experience to reconcile with what matters in life.

Where to sleep, drink and eat

Who wants to sleep in Kruševo can book to Hotel Montana, a lovely four stars accommodation on the top of the hill, with wood from one side and the village from the other side. The panorama on the houses is really amazing. They have rooms with a balcony with the view. The structure is quite new, spacious and well equipped. The standards, according to Macedonian average ones, are high.

If you want to stop for a drink I suggest you visit one of the two bars in the main square. One is old and characteristic, with a nice balcony, but be careful because also the balcony is quite old too. The other one is more modern and with tables directly in the square. There are also some restaurants since it is a village for tourism, but I tried one: Kruševska odaja. It offers genuine local food prepared according to traditional recipes. The setting is really lovely with some traditional clothes on the walls.

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Luxury from the past

Last sunday I spent few hours in Milan visiting ”Amart”, the antiques and art exhibition organized by the Association of Antiques Dealers of Milan. It was really nice to be there. It passed quite a lot of time since my last visit to this type of event and I have to say that in last years the market of ancient artwork was decreasing, not only in relations to the prices but also about the quality of the manufacts.

In this case I saw a great exhibition, full of masterpieces from XII century to contemporary period. There were lovely and important paintings and sculptures, but also some furnishings, silver objects, carpets and many other art examples. In some stands there were antiques from China, Japan and various Asian and African countries. To be there gave me the chance to learn something new about art and history.

Anyway I noticed how the antiques market is going to live again a good period, also if not many young people were visiting the exposition and this is not a good sign for the future. Anyway ancient artworks are considered a luxury, some objects to be bought as investment or to decore prestigious houses. It is true they have this function as well and it is correct to consider those objects as status symbol, but they are more.

To have into the house an antique painting or sculpure is a pleasure. It is a piece of history that can tells a lot, a unique expression of art, a technique to be analyed. So it is a luxury now, coming from the past and staying forever as a witness of a passed period. Each artwork is also an inspiration for a new piece of art, because the real modern artists always start studying the old ways and techniques.

I love antiques and I consider each masterpiece more than a luxury to put in my home.

Anasa

Van Dyck in Turin

In these days I had the chance to see marvelous paintings. I visited the exhibition dedicated to Van Dyck in Turin. The famous artist lived in the 17th century was doing portraits of many important people and of European royal families. Among those artworks, he did also some other masterpieces, where landscapes and people are combined in a triumph of colors and details. For instance, I love to see textiles with bright colors and folds. The colors give light to the Flemish paintings.

The Royal Palace of the city host the exposition, this event is in Galleria Sabauda. Entering the building you have to cross the courtyard and the beautiful park. It is like to go through history. Van Dyck in Turin offers a huge quantity of artworks. There are 45 canvases and 21 engravings, also one painting signed by Rubens. So we can consider it as an important exhibition. You can really go deep into the Flemish painter life. Also if you are not passionate about this artistic period.

Van Dyck in Turin: the world in one city

Antoon Van Dyck in Turin represents one of the best exhibition for the painter. The organizers collected a lot of artworks coming from museums, art galleries and private collections from all over the world. Paintings come mainly from Europe and the USA and they are very well selected. What I like also about this event is that they put together, for some of the masterpieces, more versions made by Van Dyck. He did it for different reasons, but it is nice to read their history and to know how he worked on some portraits. Therefore visit the exhibition is like a lesson.

Somehow we can say that he was, as a revolutionary artist about portraits, the precursor of the selfie. Of course, he was catching the others, but he worked a lot on the main aspects of the portrait. He took care of the pose of the character, the expression, the scenery, and the smallest details. Van Dyck in Turin can make visitor aware of the message given by a portrait. Because it is not only a way to see a face, but it is much more. With a picture or a painting, we show all that a person is.  You can admire his art and get inspiration for your selfies. So this is a way to read history or his artworks.

Italian fine art: 1 cool way to discover Italy. Make your trip more amazing

I have a passion: fine art. Often I go around Italian fine art exhibitions. Time to time, if I have the chance, I do the same abroad. Around the area where I live there are many antique galleries and also expositions. For instance, I visit yearly the ones of Bergamo, Milan, Modena. This one is surely the best one I can see. Don’t worry, I don’t want to write about my passion. So, why am I sharing with you this post? Because if you come to Italy it will be a good idea to explore some fine art. This is useful to explore the essence of art and history of Italy.

Certainly, you can learn a lot, but if you want to buy something be careful. In the exhibitions of Italian fine art, not all the proposed artworks are exactly what sellers say. Unfortunately, sometimes happens that someone is proposing something fake. To avoid risks compare prices and features. Also, ask, ask all the information. Anyway, there are a lot of honest sellers who will offer you original artworks. If you like this type of objects, Italy is where to find great things. Paintings, sculptures, furniture, decorations, and much more. It can be also an investment.

Italian fine art: from the past to the present

In many exhibitions, you can see two parts. One dedicated to modern art and the other one to antiques. I like antique artworks. Italian fine art is my favorite, but many objects or paintings made in other countries are cool. For me, it’s like to jump in history and get something fo special. It is possible to know better the artist and the society at his time. When I can I also buy something. It is a pleasure, but also a way to invest money. My house becomes more precious.

My eyes are delighted in front of so many artworks as I can see in exhibitions. It is nice also to talk with sellers because they are always ready to tell you the story of the object. The most prepared and talkative love to explain to you about the artist, what he represented and so on. Try to check if there are some expositions around you during your stay in Italy. Spend there a bit of time and discover the marvelous artworks that Italy has to offer. Not only museums can show you art and history. The ticket can be around 10 or 15 EUR, but it worths.

Italian fine art: galleries

In every city, there are some art galleries where you can find and buy some precious and prestigious objects. There is no entrance and you are not obliged to buy something. You can look around and ask for information. Italian fine art in shops, or better in art galleries, are generally passing from private hands to other private hands. So it is the only chance to see those items. You can discover something coming from important families and historical villas or palaces. I am not telling you to substitute the museum visits. but just to enter in some art galleries or antique exposition.

Exhibitions

Online you can easily find a list of the art expositions organized in Italy, year per year. So it will be easy to plan for a visit. You can buy the tickets directly at the entrance. It will be a tour around artworks, but if you want to invest, do it. Why? Now the market decreases the prices, so it costs less to buy a painting or a sculpture. The market will improve again and you will easily gain money. Of course, you need to choose something valuable. 

What I like about exhibitions

Some of the exhibitors bring their marvelous pieces and they are available to explain the details of each object. It is not necessary to buy, but you can admire what is interesting to you. I like a lot some of the stands, cured in the aspect and the selection of artworks. They represent Italian fine art. The prices are maybe a bit higher than usual, but you can treat. In last years antiques, because of the crisis, decrease a lot the value. So you can easily find affordable prices.

In the last exhibitions in Lombardy and Emilia Romagna, starting from Milan, I had the impression that the sector is again going up. It means that it is still possible to invest in Italian fine art. You can buy for good prices and wait for the value to go up. Also, in the expositions, there are some special artworks. Ancient art from the Mediterranean area and Africa or Asia is becoming more present. Like pieces from Roman, Greek and Egyptian time. There are a few expert dealers that work with the authorization of the archeological superintendency.

Then some dealers are proposing old manufactures, textiles, jewels, and sculptures coming from Africa and Asia.  There are more collectors of these manufacturers. It is not so easy to understand the value and sometimes the meaning of the objects. But for this reason, there are experts ready to tell you more. The collections of artworks are growing with other cultures products. It is very interesting to discover the art of other countries and continents, not only from Italy and Europe. To go to this type of exhibitions is like to have an art lesson and to explore better history.

What I don’t like about exhibitions

Unfortunately, the world of art is made also by people without competences. Ready to propose fake objects or to ask you a lot of money for something damaged and without real value. Some of them are present in Italian fine art exhibitions. So it should be better to do a refined selection. This is the only big dislike. 

Seminars

Italian fine art is very important and there are very big and popular expositions. In some of these events, they organize inside some seminars about art. You need to know the Italian language. That’s an occasion to go deep in some topics and to create a discussion with experts. Also, the location is most of the times in downtown, so you can easily enjoy the main attractions of the cities. 

Would you like to see great artworks and masterpieces? Get the chance to visit fine art exhibitions around Italy.

Discovering Italian art and antiques

Do you love art and antiques? Italy has a lot to offer not only because of its attractions. Private galleries and shops are ready to show you beautiful masterpieces. You can buy some of them and have a precious souvenir, a good investment. Plan your trip and search for a flight using the best deals on Infobus platform. 

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