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).

Open Day Arts in Rome

Arts in Rome Open DayWhen and Where

Arts in Rome Open Day is on Saturday 27 February 2016 from 18:00 – 20:00 at University of Washington, P.zza del Biscione, 95 (Campo dei Fiori), Roma.

Arts in Rome has organized the Drop-in sessions for visiting the on-going Drawing Workshop.

You can observe the Teacher lesson during the Life Drawing Model, have a Live Conference with Glenn Vilppu by Skype for know his Workshop on 19 – 29 June and more.

Open Day Program:

  • 18:00 Hospitality in the Boarding Room
  • 18:10 A Little presentation of Arts in Rome and our Next Workshops
  • 18:15 Observe the Drawing Lesson in the Classroom
  • 19:00 Live Conversation with Glenn Vilppu  (Check out your Time Zone here Rome Time Zone)
  • 20:00 Greetings

All those who attend the Event  will have the opportunity to receive Special Discounts for the subscription of other courses.

Details:

The door of the University of Washington will be closed for safety so please contact us on the following numbers;
We will be grateful for a reservation by email to [email protected] but is not necessary.

328 1424151 (WhatsApp also)
393 9433952 (WhatsApp also)

We are wainting for you!

San Bernardo alle Terme: a little Pantheon in Rome

Pantheon of RomeThe Pantheon is one of the symbol of the ancient Rome, despite of its transformation in a Basilica, since the beginning of the VII century.
This wonderful and impressive monument has inspired many artists over the centuries, due to its beauty and its huge dome.
This is the reason why in Rome, on canvas or walls, we could observe decorations very similar to the ones who covered the dome of the Pantheon.

Moreover, in Rome there’s also a XVI century church, erected for the order of the Cistercensi, in which we could find a copy of the Pantheon dome.

Facciata San Bernardo alle Terme

I’m speaking about the

Church of San Bernando alle Terme

which stands not far from Via Nazionale and Piazza della Repubblica, so in the real city centre.
This sacred place has a round shape because it was built just above the remains of one of the ancient angular tower of the majestic Diocleziano’s Baths, which stood in there.
That enormous building, plenty of marble decorations, vaulted rooms and swimming pool, covered a large area, was used over the centuries for many things and aims: first of all, it became the perfect place to take materials, as marble or rock. Then, inside its rooms, was created a basilica (Santa Maria degli Angeli), and a museum (Museum of the Terme di Diocleziano). Moreover, the beautiful Church of San Bernardo alle Terme, which means Bath in italian, is the result of hard works on the ancient walls.

What do the church hosts?

Cupola - San Bernardo alle TermeA wonderful reproduction of the Pantheon dome, with its coffered ceiling and its oculus, the hole set in the centre which create a connection between the ground and the sky, the home of the Gods.
Getting into the church of San Bernardo alle Terme means to do a time travel, where we can observe how the model of the Pantheon was so famous that in Rome, after many centuries, wanted to reproduce it.
The relaxing and calm atmosphere which we could breathe here, without the crowd that each day fills the Pantheon, is a wonderful experience.

Sometimes in Rome what could seem normal or without importance can hide something special.
How it’s amazing!

.. before ending this story

Cupola 2 - San Bernardo alle TermeInside the church try to search the tomb of Johan Friedrich Overbeck.
Who was he?
He was an artist lived during the XIX century who found the artistic movement of the “Nazareni”, a sort of group of dandy who loved so much the Renaissance.
For this reason he wanted to depict in their paintings the pure figures and profiles of the Italian art of the XV century, when the R
enaissance was going to bring to the light.
A man who was inspired by the beauty of Rome, as the architect of the Church of San Bernardo alle Terme was inspired by the enormous heritage of the Ancient Rome…

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The Fountain of the Books: how clever is Rome!

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Walking through the narrow streets of Rome you will find many little things which make so beautyful and special this great city! One of them is set not far from Palazzo Madama, the seat of the Italian Senate: I’m talking about the Fountain of the Books!

More than one century ago, during the ’20 of the XX century, the Fascism regime decided to provide each single district of Rome with a fountain which could describe the peculiarities of them. The Roman quarters, named “rioni”, were created over the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the end of the XIX century. But they take their origin from the “regiones” of Augustus, formed by the princeps quite two thousand years ago. The Fountain of the Books underlines the main peculiarities of the Sant’Eustachio Rione, which is plenty of historical libraries and not only… Its name takes its origin from Saint Eustachio,

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Arts in Rome

who was a Roman Soldier, according to the tradition. Obviously, he was pagan. Sometimes miracles could occur also at the Roman people, and it happened to the young Eustachio. He walked in a forest in order to capture a deer with his bow and arrows. When he was very close to the animal, he saw something incredible: the deer started to talk with him, introducing itself as Jesus. Not only this, because Eustachio admired the animal transforming and taking an human shape. From that time, Eustachio became a real Christian and due to his faith he died in Rome.

imagesThis is the reason why the fountain is provide with this great head of a deer, with its wonderful horns (a similar statue stands just above the final part of the Church of Sant’Eustachio, in the main square of the rione). They are surrounded by many books, from some water gushes flow. That heavy rock tomes symbolizes the numerous libraries in the area and particularly the palace of La Sapienza, the first seat of the University which was born in Rome in the 1300. This is the reason why this graceful fountain leans on the wall of the ancient building which hosted the University (today embellished also by a fantastic church projected by Borromini). Other little curiosity: water symbolizes also the struggle of the study. Do it similar to the sweat? And how much do you sweat after an intese study period?

So, do you want to look at this special monument? A reason for you to walk in Rome…

The “Pulcino della Minerva”: an elephant in the City Centre

Piazza della Minerva a Roma e il Pulcino del BerniniUsually Rome conceals hidden treasures which aren’t so easy to see. But there are also other monuments or little art masterpieces that everyone can look. For example, very close to the Pantheon, the famous ancient Roman temple changed in a Basilica, there’s a tasteful obelisk which surmounts an…elephant!
This is the history of the “Pulcino della Minerva”, that we could translate in English like “Minerva’s chick”.

Where is it?

We stay in Piazza della Minerva, a little square surrounded by a great and graceful Basilica, named Santa Maria della Minerva, a famous hotel and other two palaces.
In order to understand the history of that crazy sculpted group set just in the centre of this square, I’m to explain something about the palace which stands just next to the Basilica.
It was one of the headquartes of the Holy Inquisition, the sacred tribunal of the Christian Church that was born during the XVI century.
The main purpose of the Inquisition was to change and “improve” the mistakes in the faith of the heretic people. Sometimes this institution used to tortured that men and women who didn’t want to change their way to believe in God.
Piazza_della_Minerva_con_il_Pulcino_e_il_Pantheon_2880_banThe palace was erected during the XIII Century for the Dominican order and in the XVI century was chosen like the place in which had to take place the trials against the heretics. Also Galileo Galilei got in it, forswearing what he claimed about the Universe… Moreover, according to the Christian theology, there was an aspect that leads the Inquisition deeds: the Knowledge. So, during the XVII century, when the Pope Innocenzo X decided to restore the square, embellishing Rome and his city centre, he called one of the best artist in that period: Bernini.

The Pope commissioned to the great master of art something which could underline how the Knowledge, mainly in that place, could lead the Church. And Bernini projected this graceful and brilliant sculpted group. The dynamic and wonderful Elephant, with the strong trunk moving by the wind, represents the Mind, while the obelisk symbolizes the Knowledge. The famous Egyptian artifact was brought to light after some excavations made in that area: it represented one of the decorations of the ancient Temple of Iside, one of the goddesses in Egypt, which stood there during the Roman Empire.

Pulcin_della_Minerva_2006_n2_banBernini took his inspiration by an arcane book, very famous in Rome, named “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”, which translates as “Polifilo’s Dream”. In one of his dreams, Polifilo saw an elephant with an obelisck, claiming: “We need to a strong mind for support the burden of the Knwoledge”. And Bernini managed to change the dream in reality, using marble and rocks.

Bernini was used to thinking about new escamotages for his creations…but we are quite at the end of the history. Ther’s just a question. Why is the name so strange? If we look the statue maybe you could think that it is a bit heavy, mainly the elephant dressed with this caparison that looks like a curtain. Why did Bernini choose it? Because the artist had many troubles with the Pope and his way to understand and live the art. Bernini in fact wanted to insert between the elephant’s paws simply an opens space. He desidered to create a sort of feeling of lightness…but the Pope denied it and Bernini changed his project. The name takes his origin from the word “Porcino”, that means a sort of insult, which develop over the centuries in the modern “Pulcino”.

Roma Barocca

La scorsa Domenica ci siamo dedicati alla ricerca della “Roma Barocca”, ovvero di tutte le Chiese, Palazzi e Basiliche risalenti al XVII sec. D.C. di stile Barocco. Non siamo riusciti a vederle tutte ma non mancheremo!

Per ora un pò di foto

1- Arrivati a Piazza del Popolo abbiamo provato ad accedere a Santa Maria del Popolo ma ahimè era chiusa. Un’assaggio della Piazza grazie alla nostra Gopro.

2- Abbiamo proseguito per via del Corso imbattendoci negli Artisti di Strada…

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artisti di strada roma

3 – …fino ad arrivare alla Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi di Gian Lorenzo Bernini e la bellissima Piazza Navona. Come non visitare la Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agone? una meraviglia…

Sant Agnese in Agone
Sant Agnese in Agone
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

Abbiamo poi proseguito per Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza ma anche questa chiusa…vi allego comunque qualche foto presa dal web.

Sant Ivo alla Sapienza
Sant Ivo alla Sapienza

Continuando a camminare ci troviamo di fronte all’imponente statua di Giordano Bruno a Campo dei Fiori (non è Barocco ma ne vale la pena osservarla). Proseguiamo e ci dirigiamo verso Galleria Spada con la sua Collezione Privata di opere d’Arte e…

Prospettiva Borrominie la Prospettiva del Borromini

Prospettiva BorrominiDulcisi in Fundo come poteva mancare una visita alla Fontana di Trevi dopo il restauro?

Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi

 

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

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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.

Campidoglio Hill
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