Pasquino: the statue which loves talk very much…

Statue Parlanti Roma - PasquinoWhen you stay in Piazza Navona you should go to the narrow street along the great palace which hosts the Brazilian Embassy. Go down that street until the final part of the huge building, and turn your eyes to the left: just above a basament you will find a not well preserved marble statue, with some little paper attached in its surface.
They are the words of the most famous “statua parlante” (talking staue), in Rome: its name is Pasquino

What is a “statua parlante”?

It’s a statue in which, over the centuries, were attached papers with satirical writings, mainly used against powerful men or women.
Bankers, Popes, Senators and other important people in Rome were put under the fire of that writings.

Why did they attache here? What is this statue?

It was discover at the final part of the XV century, during some excavations occured in that area to build a palace for a powerful cardinal: Oliviero Carafa.
Carafa family started to be very important in Rome, and this is the reason why a member of the family became Pope during the XVI with the name of Paolo IV.
Statue Parlanti Roma - PasquinoThe archeologists think that this sculpted group represents Patroclo and Menelao, two characters of the Iliade, the Homer’s epic poem.
You should know how in that period many schools stood in the area, and probably this is the origin of the legend of the “statua parlante”. Some nights strange papers started to appear above the face or the bust of the statue… but Oliviero Carafa, who was a clever man, knew that the Pasquino was very famous and popular in Rome, mainly in the poor part of the population.
For this reason he didnt’ destroy it and used it in a particular way. In fact, the cardinal decided to organize a sort of literary challenge: the students of the nearest school had to write whatever they want (histories, poems etc.) and the winner could have the privilege to see his work attached on the surface of the Pasquino!
So, the statue bacame more famous, while the satirical writings named “Pasquinate”, continue to “embellish” it. This is the origin of a real icon of Rome: it belongs to the Romans, that people who can’t stay in high social classes. That people who decided to use their voice in a very particularly way.
But there’s just a last question.

Why has Pasquino this name?

There’s a legend which claims how the student of a school not so far from the basament of the statue, had a laugh to a teacher. He probably had some phisical problem and for this reason he looks like the not well preserved sculpted group. “Pasquino” was a sort of insult…and the insults became the main peculiarity of this statue, the first “statua parlante” in the city (in Rome there are other five ones).

The Capitoline She-Wolf

Lupa Capitolina RomaEntering in the Capitoline Museum you could get in touch with the Real History of Rome, with its remains and proofs of the most important city of the Ancient Times. Of course, the museum hosts many archeological works of art, but there is just one which could describe all the importance and the powerful of the Caput Mundi. A sort of animal symbol that underlines what is Rome and what could be its meaning. I am talking about the famous “SheWolf“, hosted in a room of the museum and surrounded by the name of some men who tried to improve and make larger Rome.

When you walk through the rooms of the Palazzo Conservatori, one of the palaces which form the archeological collection of the most ancient museum in the world, it is difficult to stay some minutes in front of this bronze SheWolf with two childrens in the act of drinking her milk. This simple statue which we could date back to the IV century BC, represent all the meaning of Rome. It depicts its divine origine, its powerful and eternity, the moment in which Rome started to stay in the History, making it.

arts in rome eventMoreover the SheWolf with the Twins, Romolo and Remo, had some mysteries inside it…first of all, the archeologists are discussing about its age. We know that She is an Etruscan work and that She was realized by an Etruscan workshop. Then, we know that firstly the SheWolf didn’t have the Twins, because according to the traditions they were insert by an artist named Pollaiolo, during the final part of the XV century, when the Pope Sixtus IV decided to make a gift to Rome. The SheWolf, in fact, belonged to the treasure of the Vatican, and with this deed the Pope wanted to stay closer to Rome and its population. This gift and the SheWolf, for this reason, represent the first museum in the world, just because many works of art were given to Senate of Rome of the Renaissance. But today the archeologists think that the Twins were add by Pollaiolo copying an ancient representation and sources of the II century BC, just two century after the realization of the statue.

tn_DSC_0100Then, we will stay in front of it, you should try to think about its enormous value for Rome and Romans. It was an example of the great and mythical origins of Rome: the SheWolf depicts the Nature and the Gods who decided to help Romolo and Remo, in order to create the most powerful city in the world. The SheWolf was used just for political things and propaganda. Augustus was the first to use it in order to remember to the Romans where were their origins. Hadrian, in a period in which the classical art and the memories of Rome had to improve, decided the same thing. Massenzio, when he stayed inside the Aurelian Wall waiting for Costantino and his army, tried to obtain the esteem of the population with the SheWolf…So, do you observe how She is important? A normal SheWolf who did something against her natural instinct symbolizes the entire Rome and, in a certain way, the entire of our History.

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A marble intruder at Trevi Fountain

Fontana di Trevi Roma

 

Walking around the famous Trevi Fountain, while your look is totally catched for the great beauty of the majestic Baroque masterpiece, you could find an odd object which seems stand here just for a mistake.
But what is looks like a giant marble vase, it’s the main character of a curious story.
This is the tale of the Ace of Cup

 

 

During the construction site of the gorgeous fountain, the architect Nicola Salvi had some troubles with a picturesque man who lived and worked just close to the place in which would be set the Trevi Fountain. He was, according to the history, a little and fat barber who stood inside his shop, in order to cut the hairs of his customers.
Ace of Cup Trevi FountainThe problem was just one: each day and for many times, this man managed to criticize the Nicola Salvi’s project.
How was annoying it!
Imagine how was terrible for the architect stay here while that man found everytime an excuse for disapprove the construction site!
So, for this reason, Salvi decided to put something which could impede the look at the barber.

And the great solution imagined from the architect was this big marble vase which at the beginning was named as the Ace of the playing card.
And today the name is still the same!

Ace of Cup Trevi Fountain

When you are in front of Trevi Fountain, with its huge sculpted groups which symbolize the real dynamism of the water, try to take a glance at the right.
Very close to the false rock which creates the impressive scenic design of the Fountain, stands this marble vase decorated with naturalistc reliefs.
It’s an example of the Roman tradition

But would you know what is the strange thing?
It is that this story it isn’t just an invention or something similar.
This is the truth!

Sketch at Musei Capitolini

[:en]All the photos of Sketch at Musei Capitolini, Rome!

It is the most amazing Museum that I never seen in my life…and the views overlookings Fori Imperiali are very stunning. I, Giampiero, Antonella, Federica and Janine for Sketch the Sculpture in the Galate Room.

Start to visit the Gallery and come with us the next event.

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Balcony of Musei Capitolini that overlookings Fori Imperiali

We start to visit the Museo…

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visiting Musei Capitolini with Arts in Rome

and the simbol of Rome, The Wolf

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The simble of Rome

and after one hour and half visiting all the Masterpieces, we finally start to draw at the Galate Room

ARTS IN ROME SKETCH AT MUSEI CAPITOLINI
Drawing the Galate Sculpture

other exercises

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drawing at museum

and don’t forget to smile! It is Art, of course…

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Sketch at Musei Capitolini

and…

Sketch at Musei Capitolini
Sketch at Musei Capitolini

See you the Next Event of Arts in Rome!

Bye!

About Quirinale Hill! A new archaeological discovery

The House of Kings

Rome, an extraordinary discovery: back to light an ancient home of the VI century A.C.

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Quirinale Hill – where is

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The remains of an ancient mansion of the beginning of the sixth century a.C. have been found on the Quirinal Hill , in Palazzo Canevari, near Santa Susanna .colle del quirinale 4

 The discovery was made during excavations of preventive archeology of supervision and has been called very important for the good condition of the structure and because it was believed that the area was a cemetery.

One found is one of the oldest houses ever found in the capital, and dates back to Servius Tullius . The house, one of a kind when you consider the characteristics of the archaic style and the state of preservation , was quickly called

The house of kings ‘.

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Campidoglio Square and the Perspective

The PERSPECTIVE of Capitoline Hill (Il Campidoglio), Rome.

When we find ourselves in front of a building or architecture it is difficult to understand the rules of construction unless it is studied previously. Today we look at the structure of Capitoline Hill, and we talk about the Anti-perspective.

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Campidoglio Sqare – Map view

The Capitoline Hill, between the Forum and the Campus Martius, is one of the seven hills of Rome. It was the citadel of the earliest Romans. The name capitol seems to have meant “dominant height”. The Capitoline contains few ancient ground-level ruins, as they are almost entirely covered up by Medieval and Renaissance palaces (now housing the Capitoline Museums) that surround a piazza, a significant urban plan designed by Michelangelo.

The existing design of the Piazza del Campidoglio and the surrounding buildings was created by Renaissance artist and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536–1546.

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Capitoline Hill – original structure

Michelangelo’s solution to the problems of the space in the Piazza del Campidoglio:

Even with their new facades centering them on the new palazzo at the rear, the space was a trapezoid, and the facades did not face each other squarely. Worse still, the whole site sloped. Michelangelo’s solution was radical. The three remodelled buildings enclose a harmonious trapezoidal space, approached by the ramped staircase called the “Cordonata“. The stepped ramp of the cordonata was intended, like a slow-moving escalator, to lift its visitors toward the sky and deposit them on the threshold of municipal authority.

He also used the

Slow-Perspective Rule

As Emanuela Pulvirenti as well explains in her blog  www.didatticarte.it, Michelangelo kept the oblique orientation of pre-existing buildings, getting an open -plan slightly trapezoidal ( the Senators Palace and that of the Conservatives form an angle of 80 ° ) , on which lined the new facades , in order to expand the perspective to the visual focus consisting of the Senatorial Palace.

Simple slow-perspective scheme:antiprospettivaThe slow perspective (or antiperspective), provides the sides of a place is divergent to compensate the convergence of the prospective flights. The end is the effect of an atmosphere less deep than it is really.

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The antiprospettiva makes the square appear wider and shorter when viewed from the side porch and the Church most majestic and looming .

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Campidoglio front view

 

Sketch at Appia Antica

Sketch at Appia Antica - Rome Italy20th September 2015 at Appia Antica, II Miglio, Via Cecilia Metella

This is the second initiative of Arts in Rome Association, with the aim to approach the art lovers to Museums, Galleries and Churches, studying the Masterpieces, their history, drawing it with the help of Antonio Finelli Certificate Drawing Tutor

“The Queen of the Long Roads” (Appia teritur regina longarum viarum) this is how was called the Appia Antica Way, the most important Roman roads of the ancient republic reach of roman ruins.

Viandanti sull'Appia Antica" di Arthur John Strutt (1819-1888)

The Appian Way (Latin and Italian: Via Appia) was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, Apulia, in southeast Italy. Its importance is indicated by its common name, recorded by Statius:

Appia teritur regina longarum viarum
“the Appian way is the queen of the long roads”

The road is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the first section as a military road to the south in 312 BC during the Samnite Wars. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appian_Way)

 When and How

G. L. Bernini - Salvator MundiWe meet Sunday 20th of September at 13:30 in front of the Basilica of St.Sebastian Fuori le Mura (Catacombe) each one equipped with a sketchpad, pencil and eraser.
We’ll visit the Basilica and, thanks to an exceptional authorization from the Parish Office, we’ll can sketch the famous Bernini’s busto titled “Salvator Mundi”.
Then we continue with the walk by feet along the Appia Antica Way to get to the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. We sit on the park in front of it and we start again to draw the landscape.
The teacher Antonio Finelli (www.antoniofinelliarte.it) will give you some hints of perspective and proportion.
The event will end at 17:00

Quick info

Date: 20 th September 2016 at 13.30
Location: Via Appia Antica, Basilica S. Sebastiano Fuori le Mura
Info:[email protected]
Info call: +39 328 1424 151
Path: total about 1,200 meters
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: about 3 hours
Inputs: Basilica of Saint Sebastian Outside the Walls, and Villa Circus of Maxentius.
How you get tohttp://www.parcoappiaantica.it/en/testi.asp?l1=1&l2=2&l3=1&l4=0
Parkinghttp://www.parcoappiaantica.it/en/testi.asp?l1=1&l2=2&l3=2&l4=0

A way to spend an afternoon in a spirit of Art

A Day at Centrale Montemartini Museum

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First Floor Roman Sculpture

Rome deserted; It is the Day after August and the weather is not too good…what can do? We decided to visit the Centrale Montemartini in Rome, Ostiense and I can say that we had a great idea! The Museum was born in 1997 as a result of exhibition called “The machines and the Gods” set up inside the first Roman Public Power Plant. A mix of industrial and classical architecture made harmonious in a single enviroment.

The wonderful museum space, for the first time conceived as temporary on the occasion of the return of a part of sculptures in the Capitolin Museums in 2005, at the end of renovation work, has been confirmed as the permanent collections of more recent acquisition of the Capitoline Museum.

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Sketching at the Museum

Coming in the Museum the first impression you get is of a metaphysical and surreal enviroment;
it seems to be in a “Steam Punk” yarn, with giants machinery of old electric factory share against Busts, Semibusts made by white marble. Split into two levels the first is dedicated to friezes, monumental sculptures and sculptural heads while the second floor is devoted entirely to remains found in the Temple of Apollo Sosianus dating of the V century A.C., (near the Marcello’s Theatre) and you can also admire a beautiful mosaic rebuilt telling about “The Boar Hunt”.

What I was most intrigued by? Some wonderful discoveries of a colossal statue of a goddess, the statue of the Satyr Marsyas (see from Ovidio’s Metamorphoses book the story of “Apollo and Marsyas”) and finally the numerous busts of ancient roman soldier.

At the end of the tour in the museum, fortunately, we thought good to bring with us the sketchbook to do some draw and sketch of live statues!

Sketch at the Museum – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

[:en]Sketch at the MuseumThis is the first initiative of Arts in Rome Association, with the aim to approach the art lovers to Museums, Galleries and Churches, studying the Masterpieces, their history, drawing it with the help of Ceretificate Drawing Tutor

September 2015 at the G.N.A.M.

As the famous movie “Night at the museum”, Arts in Rome propose you a Sunday afternoon at the “GNAM” (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Rome to see one of the best Contemporary Art Collection and to approach its Masterpieces in person sketching and drawing thanks to the help of Antonio Finelli.

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna RomeThe Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM), or National Gallery of Modern Art, is an art gallery in Rome, Italy, founded in 1883 and dedicated to modern and contemporary art; the full name is Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea.[1] Are part of the National Gallery:[2] Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi per le arti decorative, Museo Hendrik C. Andersen, Raccoltà Manzù, Museo Mario Praz.

The National Gallery is located at Via delle Belle Arti, 113, near the Etruscan Museum. With itsneoclassical and Romantic paintings and sculptures, it marks a dramatic change from the glories of the Renaissance and ancient Rome. Its 75 rooms house the largest collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century Italian artists including Giuseppe Ferrari, Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni,Giorgio de Chirico, Giovanni Fattori, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio Morandi, Giacomo Manzù,Alberto Burri, Antonio Canova, Felice Casorati and Lucio Fontana.

There are also a few notable works by foreign artists, including Calder, Cézanne, Duchamp,Giacometti, Braque, Degas, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Kostabi, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, Van Gogh and Klein.Wikipedia

Font: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galleria_Nazionale_d%27Arte_Moderna

 When and How

We meet Sunday 6th of September at 13:30 in front of the museum each one equipped with a sketchpad, pencil and eraser (not allowed in the museum colors, markers, watercolors, etc).

Summing Arts in Rome offers:

  • An Afternoon at the Museum with audio guide included
  • 3 hours of sketch and live drawing of masterpieces like sculpture, paintings with the support of a qualified teacher of Drawing

Quick info

Date: 06th september 2016 at 13.30
Location: Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 – 00196 Roma
Info: [email protected]
Info call: +39 328 1424 151

Sponsor

sketch-at-the-museum-sketchbook-2cArteWe thanks to 2C Arte  technical sponsor, that will give as FREE GIFT to all partecipants to the event:
+ one Sketchbook
+ one 2B pencil
+ one Sanguine pencil.

Fee 20 € per person, via Paypal payment

A way to spend an afternoon in a spirit of Art

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