Painting and Sculpture
In Florence, almost 50 years after its discovery, on November 15th, the “Michelangelo’s secret room” will be accessible to the public, a small room containing a series of charcoal drawings attributed to Buonarroti (who hid here in 1530), a which can be accessed from the New Sacristy, inside the Museum of the Medici Chapels.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s technique to create the Mona Lisa has been revealed. Scientists who examined the chemical structure of a tiny part of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting revealed that the recipe for the oil paint used by the artist was different.
A replica of the Trevi Fountain, one of the most famous symbols of Italy, was made in Brazil. The fountain, made using the copy-and-paste method, divided society in two. Culture theft? Respect for Italian culture?
Michelangelo’s David causes scandal again, advertising censored in Scotland. A poster of the statue in a Glasgow restaurant has been censored for being obscene.
Also solved the mystery of the bridge behind the Mona Lisa: “Behind the Mona Lisa is the Romito di Laterina bridge”
Another mystery solved in the Mona Lisa picture full of secrets. Behind the shoulders of Monnalisa there would not be Ponte Buriano but the Romito di Laterina bridge.
Caravaggio’s Bacchus will be shown at the Vinitaly trade fair in Verona this spring. Art and heritage campaign group Mi Riconosci has described the plans as “absurd” and “unacceptable”, arguing that government rules prohibit paintings from leaving the museum.
One of the iconic works of the Renaissance period, when art and the enlightenment were at their peak, the statue of David provoked tragicomic developments in an American school. The parent’s reaction to introducing the statue of David to students in the Renaissance title led to the dismissal of the school principal. The answers from Italy came from parents against the labelling of “pornography”: “The real pornography is ignorance!”
New documents shed light on the identity of Leonardo da Vinci’s mother, of whom practically nothing was known until today. Adventurers, prostitutes, pirates, enslaved people, knights, gentlewomen, peasants, soldiers, and notaries. Their stories go back from Vinci to Florence, Venice to Constantinople, and the Black Sea to the wild highlands of the Caucasus.
Pencil drawings made by the Italian artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci in the 1500s suggest that he may have discovered gravity long before Isaac Newton, the English mathematician best known for his discovery in the late 1600s.
by Maria Stella
Marie-Henri Beyle, known as Stendhal, was born today in Grenoble. The Stendhal syndrome, or the Florence syndrome, takes its name from him. Have you ever felt uncomfortable and harmful seeing an admirable work of art? While this may not have happened to you, it may have occurred to another art lover.
Green vandalists are still in action. This time they targeted Van Gogh. A work, “The Sower”, exhibited at the current exhibition at Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome, has been smeared by a group of environmentalists.
Johannes Vermeer’s golden age masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring became the latest target of climate protesters. one of whom tried to superglue his head to the artwork while the other emptied what appeared to be a can of tomato soup over him.
Green vandalists still in action. This time it’s up to Monet to suffer the impetuosity of pro-climate activists. Smeared with Claude Monet’s Les meules mashed potatoes.