Saturday, March 25, 2006

Italian Art Exhibition

As part of 2006 Year of Italy in China Inaugural Exhibition, an exhibition titled Italian Renaissance Art is on in Beijing World Art Museum. Being a crazy fan of Italian Renaissance art, I couldn't wait to see it.

In fact, before I rushed to see it, some friends already told me not to build up my hope too high, especially after I've been working for the British Museum Exhibition, the art works in this exhibition may not be so enchanting.

Anyway, I went to the Beijing World Art Museum today. The exhibits include: Sandro Botticelli's Pallade col, Sant' Agostino nello studio, Stant' Agostino and Stanta Monica; Filippino Lippi's San Giovanni Battista; Alessop Baldovinetti's Fragment of wall painting; Andrea del Castagno's Pippo Spano; Masaccio's Madonna of Cardinal Antonio; lorenzo di Credi's Venere; Francesco di Gorgio's The Man of Sorrow (Christ); Paolo di Gualdo Cattaeo's Annanciation; Francesco de Sangallo's Bust of Govannide Medici; Beatio Angelico's Sposalizio della Vergine; Pietro del Pollaiolo's Ritratto muliebre; Tullio Lombardo's Bust of Christ; Raffael's Ritratto di Francesco maria della Rovene; Andrea del Sarto's Anoritratto; Brozino's Ritratto defranciulla con libro; Giuliano Bugiardini; Lorreggio's Barto lomeo Ammanati; Jaopo Tintonetto; Paolo Veronese; Tiziano; Francesco Morandini detto "Poppi"; Domenico Tintorette; Guercino; Michelangelo Merisi's David and had of Golia; Bonito; Solimena's Autoritratto; Ginseppe Bezzuoli; Angelica Kaufmann; Anton Domenico; Baciccio; Vincenzo Dandini and of course, there's a small drawing by Leonado Da Vinci.

Now you probably would think Ella is insane, or showing off how much notes I have taken while visiting. But it's not my intention. I just want to show you what the exhibit was like. Yes, the reason why they said it's so disappointing is that only very few pieces are from well-known artists, some are even anonymous. And... well... I have to say, even those from great artists are not very satisfying. Let's take the Raffael's piece for example, it's a tempera on wood, but not depicting his famous virgins, but some noble man. And the Da Vinci sketch is placed in a wall, the only display on the whole wall, covers about 95 square inches. You could just imagine how many people tried to squeeze in the crowd gathered around the painting to see it.

Still, it was an interesting exhibition. Renewed my wish to go to Italy;)


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