Exhibition: ‘Rome and Antiquity, Reality and Vision’

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on January 19, 2011

From the Fondazione Roma:

Rome and Antiquity: Reality and Vision in the Eighteenth Century
Museo della Fondazione Roma, Palazzo Cipolla, Rome, 30 November 2010 — 6 March 2011

Curated by Carolina Brook and Valter Curzi

"Orsay Minerva," 2nd century AD (marble replaced late 18th century), Paris: Louvre

Both artistic and archaeological, the exhibition aims to illustrate the way in which ancient monuments, excavations, museums and artistic institutions were able to nourish the arts and education and spread the love for classic art throughout Europe which, at the end of the eighteen century, became an indispensible model. The exhibition, Roma e l’Antico. Realtà e visione nel ’700, intends to bring into focus the major factors that that generated Rome’s cultural wealth and fame: Classic Antiquity. Especially in the second half of the century Rome was an authentic crossroads for artists who came from all over Europe in order to study Antiquity. As investigations today reveal, the Papal capital became the most important centre for culture due to the abundance of classical figurative models which are fundamental for artistic training. The Roman classical heritage, described as an unparalleled resource for the renaissance of Europe, was actually the result of an invariable strategy pursued by Popes and civic authorities during the eighteen century, which the exhibition will explore by illustrating the chief elements. A large section of exhibition will be dedicated to the training syllabus for artists in Rome and the way this model was spread through the Accademia Romana di San Luca, the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid and the Museo Riminaldi in Ferrara. Another section addresses museums of Roman Antiquity
with the aim of illustrating their educational role and power to promote tourism in the
Eternal City.

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A full description of the exhibition is available at View from the Bow, a blog for the arts and music in the early modern period (7 January 2011) and at Deborah Swain’s Living in Rome (7 January 2011).