Visita alla Mostra di Alphonse Mucha – Roma


Si è svolta il 25 maggio 2016 la visita guidata gratuita alla Mostra di Alphonse Mucha al Vittoriano di Roma.Visita Guidata Graduita alla Mostra di Alphonse Mucha - Roma

E’ stata un grande privilegio per noi poter offrire ai nostri Associati l’occasione di visitare una bellissima mostra di un precursone dell’Art Nouveau con la sapiente descrizione di Gianluca Pica, grazie all’aiuto dei Family Banker di Banca Mediolanum.

Due ore di percorso con circa 200 opere tra dipinti (come Self-portrait del 1899 e France Embraces Bohemia del 1918), manifesti (Poster for ‘Gismonda’ del 1894 e Sarah Bernhardt as La Princesse Lointaine del 1896), disegni (tra cui gli studi per ‘By force towards freedom, with love towards unity!’ del 1910-1911 e per ‘The Age of Wisdom’ del 1936-1938) e gioielli (quelli dell’Esposizione universale del 1900 come Ornamental chain with pendants e ‘Peacock ring’ entrambi del 1900)

In questa sequenza di immagini scattate durante e dopo la visita guidata, dimostra la viva partecipazione e interesse dei nostri associati.
Bellissimo l’allestimento offerto che ha messo ben in evidenza il percorso artistico del grande protagonista, promotore di un nuovo linguaggio comunicativo, di un’arte visiva innovativa e potente a cavallo tra l’800 e il ‘900.

Grazie anche e specialmente a lui la Belle Epoque ha conosciuto un grande innovatore e comunicatore.

Ringraziamo di cuore i Family Banker di Banca Mediolanum che hanno offerto l’ingresso e la guida, nonché l’aperitivo al termine, con l’affascinante affaccio ai Fori Imperiali di Roma.

Ci vediamo alla prossima iniziativa dell’Associazione Arts in Rome!

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 Borromini’s lantern: the fire of the Knowledge

Imagine to walk peacefully throught the fine streets in the city centre of Rome.
Now, imagine to have to the right an open door.
Passing the entrance, you will stay just in the centre of a courtyard, surrounded by columns. But what is majestic and truly beautiful is a white and brilliant lantern set above a church in front of you.

That lantern, the architectural final part of a dome in a church, has a spiral shape, recalling movements and virtuosism. It isn’t a dream, but a true church which stands not far from Piazza Navona. This is the church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, and the genius who created it and its wonderful lantern was one of the most important artists in Rome: Borromini

The Borromini’s lantern

Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza

It was a church projected during the XVI century, when all the area was under restoration.
What is foundamental to say is that this place was famous in Rome, just because it was the first headquarter of the La Sapienza University.
It was inaugurated during the first years of the XIV century by the Pope Bonifacio VIII, who wanted to show how the city could be the birthplace and the core of the Knowledge.
But over the centuries it was quite destroyed and abandoned.
This is the reason why in the Renaissance, a time in which whatever you want in Rome was restored and built, La Sapienza University was one of the palaces chosen for some restorations.

Cupola - Chiesa Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

After many years the construction site wasn’t finish.
It was a huge problem, due to the image of Rome which had to indicate the city not only as the place of the Church, but also the refuge of Arts and Wisdow.

They could be created thanks to the deeds of the Christian Church and for this reason the sacred building was essential. Borromini started to work there with a simple aim: he had to built something that could remember to everybody the real symbols of the place.

The Lantern

We could speak a lot about the great project created by the master. How he was able to use geometrical shapes in order to produce a star map, how the inside of the church was so brilliant… but we have to put our attention to the fantastic lantern! An architectural element which connects the ground with the sky, with its curved lines and decorations.

What do it represents?

The lantern is the Fire of the Wisdow, but not only…it symbollically regains the Babele Tower, which was also a symbol of the human Knowledge. Moreover, the lantern regains also the Headlight of Alessandria, other human masterpiece.
So, in this way we could understand how Borromini played with the history and the traditions, in order to obtain something that managed to represent some of the most important human discretions.

Then, he was able to create something more: a new must see monument in Rome!

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…

Interno circolare - San Bernardo alle Terme

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.

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

Drawing the Galate Sculpture

other exercises

drawing at museum
drawing at museum

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

Sketch at Musei Capitolini


Sketch at Musei Capitolini
Sketch at Musei Capitolini

See you the Next Event of Arts in Rome!


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.

Quirinale Hill – where is

colle del quirinale 2

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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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. (

 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 ( 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 to

A way to spend an afternoon in a spirit of Art

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy 2016

Do you know what the importance of Jubilee for Rome? Pope Francis announced the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: a great opportunity for Art Tourism to wondering the Holy Places and the Holy Art. Discover the meaning and the history of the Jubilee and the Churches involved.

In the Bull Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis announced the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will begin on 8th of December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and conclude on 20th of November 2016, with the Solemnity of Christ the King.

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Jubilee of Mercy Logo 2016

A little bit of Jubilee History:

From the first Holy Year of 1300, wanted by Boniface VIII, to St. John Paul II in 2000, millions of faithful uninterrupted went through the doors jubilee of the four Papal Basilicas : St. Peter, St. John Lateran , St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Church Holy Doors refers to the passage that every Christian is called to accomplish from sin to grace , looking to Christ who himself says : “I am the door”. The Holy Door, indulgences and pilgrimages. These are signs that characterize every Jubilee and that will be the focus also of the Holy Year of mercy by Pope Francis .

What is Jubilee of Mercy?

Its origins date back to the Jewish world when it was a year, declared saint, which fell every 50 years , in which it was meant to restore equality to all the “Children of Israel”, offering new possibilities to families which had lost their property and even their personal freedom. The rich, however, the jubilee year reminded that the time would come when their Israelite slaves would once again become their equals and would be able to reclaim their rights. The Catholic Church has started the tradition of the Jubilee with Boniface VIII in 1300. At first the timing between a Holy Year and the other was 50 years but then was cut in 25 years so that each generation of experiencing at least one, because of  high mortality rate .

How does it develop?

Holy Door
Holy Door

In the Bull Misericordiae Vultus which is called the Jubilee of mercy, Pope Francis announced that will cross the Holy Door at St. Peter’s on 8th of December, the opening day of the Holy extraordinary, open wide as that of St. John Lateran on the third Sunday of advent, 13 December. The same gesture will be repeated later in the Holy Doors of the other two major Basilicas of Rome ( St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls ). He will “Doors of mercy” – writes Francis in the Bull – where everyone will go beyond the “will experience the love of God, who comforts, forgives and gives hope”. Again on 13th of December will open the ” doors of mercy” in every dioceses of the world will be in the cathedrals or in a church but also of special significance in the sanctuaries where pilgrims can “find the way of conversion”, notes the Pope .


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The Works of Mercy

An indulgence is one of the constitutive elements of the Jubilee. In it we see the fullness of the Father’s mercy, who comes to all with his love. In the Bull of Indiction of the Holy extraordinary Pope Francis explains the sense of indulgence. “All of us – the Pope writes – we experience the sin. We know we are called to perfection (cf. Mt 5:48), but we feel a strong sense of sin. (…) Despite the pardon, in our lives we bring the contradictions which are the consequence of our sins”. The Pope recalled that “in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God forgives sins, which are really deleted”. Yet “the negative imprint that sins have left in our behavior and in our thoughts remain. The mercy of God, however, is even stronger than that. It becomes indulgence of the Father through the Bride of Christ (the Church, ed) reaches the sinner forgiven and free from any residue of the consequence of sin”.

In fact, with the indulgence, the repentant sinner receives a remission of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven (with Confession). To gain the indulgence, you must be in a state of grace. Then comes that the faithful have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin; that is to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation; receiving the Eucharist and to pray for the intentions of the Pope.

It also serves to make a ”work“. There are works of mercy, that is making a pilgrimage to a Jubilee shrine or place (you can obtain the indulgence doing this work, not only in Rome – in the major basilicas and in other churches or shrines of the eternal city – but also in places of their dioceses in all five continents, usually in the cathedrals or shrines). Or there are the works of penance, that is, refrain from unnecessary consumption (smoking, alcohol …), fast or abstain from meat and donate a sum to the needy. Or there are The Works of Mercy of which the Pope speaks in the Bull of the Jubilee. And the lists showing that they are a “way to awaken our consciousness often dormant before the tragedy of poverty and to enter more and more in the heart of the Gospel, where the poor are the privileged of God’s mercy”.

Are CORPORAL WORKS of Mercy: feeding the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, assisting the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead.

And they are SPIRITUAL WORKS of Mercy: counseling the doubtful, teach the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, stand troublesome people patiently, praying to God for the living and the dead.

In the Holy Year pilgrimage are the main goals of the four major Basilicas of Rome ( St. Peter , St. John Lateran , St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls ) where you can get indulgence . But in each diocese will be shown pilgrimage sites related to the Jubilee.

A Day at Centrale Montemartini Museum

Centrale Montemartini Rome
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.

Sketching at the Museum Centrale Montemartini Roma
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!