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Rome and the National Gallery

Hello,

it’s always nice to come back to Rome. Especially, when it’s about to follow a creative itinerary. For this time I was there for a short time and I found a minute to visit the National Gallery (Galleria Nazionale dell’arte moderna e contemporanea), because it contains a lot of good artworks of famous artists as Monet, Picasso, Klimt, Kandinskij, Mondrian, Pollock and others. But it’s more about Italian art and you find it there a contemporary Italian art work of movements as Arte Povera, Futurismo, Spatialism (spazialismo), conceptual art and others. I will post some below.

Also, my goal was to visit two other places – Basilica Parrocchiale S. Maria del Popolo in square del Popolo to admire Caravaggio two paintings and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria to be attracted by masterpiece of Bernini.

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Ordinary day in Rome. Piazza del Popolo. church of Santa Maria in Montesano

 

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The famous masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini – La transverbazione di Santa Teresa, 1647 – 1652. Why it’s famous? Because of how he had made a marble to look so realistic as it would be there a real Teresa and an angel in an action.

 

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This is a Crucifixion of Saint Peter by Caravaggio, 1600 – 1601 in church of Santa Maria del Popolo. The shadows and the light are playing the main part – light illuminates the figures and details.

 

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and this is Conversione di San Paolo by Caravaggio made in 1601 in the same church. The shadow and light are fundamentals. Also, taking the most space in the painting of the horse is unusual to paint in those days too.

 

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The statue is made by Canova and it calls “Ercole e Lica”, 1795 – 1815. In front of the statue we can see the work “32 mq di mare circa” (32 square meters of sea) made by Pino Pascali in 1967. And behind the statue we can see a big painting by Giuseppe Penone “Spoglia d’oro su spine d’acacia” (A bunch of gold on acacia plugs), 2002.
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Two paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, which is pioneer of art movement metafisica. On the left – “La torre del silenzio” (The tower of silence), 1937. On the right – “La torre e il treno” (The tower and the train), 1934
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On the wall we can admire a big painting by Giovanni Segantini “Alla stanga” (at the shaft), 1886 As for the statue – I couldn’t remember who made it, sorry
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This piece of art is recognizable to almost everyone – it is made by Piet Mondrian, which is a pioneer a art movement Neoplasticismo. This painting was done in 1920 and is called “Composition A: Composition with Black, Red, Gray, Yellow, and Blue”.
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Jackson Pollock and his beautiful work of Action Painting “Watery Path”, 1947. Most works of J. Pollock stand out for his choice how to fill the canvas – dripping technique is common in his works that is dripping the color on the canvas that is laid on the ground to give compositional casualty to the works.
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Claude Monet, Ninfee Rose, 1898. One of his paintings in his later years of the life when he was involved in studying the different light of the day on the water.
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Gustav Klimt, “Le tre età della donna” (The Three Ages of Woman), 1905. The childhood, the motherhood, the senility. Decorativism is in the details.
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This is a paiting of one of my favourites painters – Giovanni Boldini “Ritratto della marchesa Casati”, (portrait of marquis Casati), 1911-13.
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The statue is by Henry Moore, “figura distesta”, 1953.
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On the floor is an example of art movement of Arte Povera – Pino Pascali, “Dinosauro riposa”, (dinosaur is resting), 1966.
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2 thoughts on “Rome and the National Gallery

  1. Excellent choice of itinerary! I remember stumbling into the Galleria Nazionale when walking down from the Villa Borghese and, to my surprise, Klimt’s ‘Three Ages of Woman’ greeted me!!! Such an unexpected highlight from my trip there. I hope you also got a chance to see the Raphael mosaic on the dome of the Chigi chapel in Santa Maria del Popolo – if you haven’t, visit again!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I loved Klimt’s too! and yes, I saw a mosaic but I didn’t make a photo, so when I will come back – I will do it for sure. Villa Borghese is on my wishlist too. Ah, in Rome is so much to see and visit!..

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