The major cities across the world regularly see hordes of tourists scouring their streets, on the lookout for sights of wonder. Those tourists know that in the likes of London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and other areas throughout the world, they will find countless artistic achievements that will leave them in a state of awe and inspiration for a long time thereafter.
One such city which is sure to deliver on such an art-searching endeavour is Rome. This is a city which had survived for centuries, and has the history to prove it. Wars have been fought there, political decisions have been made, and – most importantly for art buffs – creative masterpieces have been designed and kept safely for future generations to admire and appreciate.
There are a variety of galleries in which art lovers can pursue their passion. One of the more prominent of such places is the National Gallery of Modern Art, or La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna as it is known by the locals. Established in 1883, it is can be found on the Viale delle Belle Arti, having originally had no fixed location. It was formed to put on display the art of a state which had recently found unity. It is reassuring to see that same unity stand today, in the form of the many people who visit the gallery to appreciate its contents.
Currently, this gallery is hosting the exhibition, Time is Out of Joint, which began in October 2016 and will be running until April 2018. It focusses, as the title suggests, on the subject of time and how it can be manipulated and distorted. For enthusiasts of both art and horology, this is surely a must-see event.
“The passing of many long years have not dampened the public’s love for these remarkable pieces”
On the subject of must-see sights, another one is the National Gallery of Ancient Art, otherwise known as La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. This one can be found on two separate sights: one at Palazzo Barberini, and the other at Galleria Corsini. In the former site, on the main floor, visitors can find many classic pieces of artwork from centuries of old. Such masterpieces include Madonna and Child (1465) by Filippo Lippi, La Fornarina (1520) by Raphael and Portrait of Henry VIII (1537) by Hans Holbein the Younger. The passing of many long years have not dampened the public’s love for these remarkable pieces.
A third gallery of interest is the Art Gallery Russo. This one began as an antique gallery in 1898 under Pasquale Addeo, before being passed down through various generations of the Russo family (from which the name is derived), under whose influence the gallery has grown and thrived. It can now be found by its many visitors on Via Alibert.
One of the gallery’s recent exhibitions includes a celebration of the works of Virgilio Marchi, running for a limited time only: having only started November 2017, it ends December 2017, leaving fans with just enough time to enjoy it while it lasts.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Rome. There are fascinating people, charming restaurants and historical marvels. For art lovers, there is no reason to come away from a trip to Rome dissatisfied. With the vast array of galleries, all of which maintain an even vaster range of artistic works of genius, creative appreciation – perhaps even inspiration – will surely be the result.
–Luke Mayo, Editor (Art)
(-Picture, Nick Kenrick)