Click here to read this post in Italian. The information received from Ms. Kariss Gonzalez, from southern California made me realize that I never told this story and yet it is such an important figure in resolving the issue of the question of the Madonna of Divine Love in the Capodimonte museum if it is … Continue reading WHO WAS GIANFRANCESCO PENNI?
When Elisabetta Farnese, then Queen of Spain pleaded with the St. Peter State for the return of the Farnese collection, that were appropriated by Pope Innocenzo X after the disastrous second battle of Castro of 1649, it was returned to her in 1731. Her request was on behalf of her son Carlo, King of Naples … Continue reading Capodimonte Naples
In 1518 a painting on wood with the same composition of the Madonna and baby Jesus, St. Elizabeth, and baby St. John, and St. Joseph in the background, it was also named The Sacred Family. This painting was commissioned by Alessandro Farnese, elected Pope Paul III, and it was inherited by his nephew Cardinal Alessandro … Continue reading The original title of this painting was also The Sacred Family, then why after two centuries Did it become known as The Madonna of Divine Love?
In 1514 when Raffaello painted the Madonna with Baby Jesus, St. Elizabeth with St. John and in the background was also St. Joseph, he gave this title to the painting "La Sacra Famiglia" (The Sacred Family). It was commissioned to Raffaello by the Senor Leonello Pio Da Carpi and it was inherited by his nephew … Continue reading The Sacred Family by Raffaello Sanzio
Perhaps if you will express you opinion, and ask some questions, I can respond and we will find the answers. As you know there is the remembrance of the death of Raffaello after 500 years in April 1520. And right now he is again well known in the world. The magnificent exhibits and lectures by … Continue reading A TRUE STORY IN SEARCH OF AN ANSWER?
Pictures of The Villa Farnesia in this post are from “La Villa Farnesina a Roma" Christoph Luitpold Frommel - printed by Franco Cosimo Panini "Verzura" design by Raffaello painted by Giovanni da Udine “Amorini” design by Raffaello painted by his pupil Giulio Romano "Verzura" design by Raffaello painted by Giovanni da Udine “Bestiario” design by … Continue reading Raffaello’s Design for the Frescoes in the Villa Farnesina
We marvel to see the beauty of Raffaello's design. During his short life, he was able to accomplish so many works of art. Everything created during his lifetime was from his drawings. He designed everything himself, for etchings, frescoes, tapestries, paintings, and architecture. Some of his drawings were turned into beautiful engravings by Marcantonio Raimondi, … Continue reading Raffaello’s Tapestry Design for Pope Leone X
RAFFAELLO ‘THE ENTOMBMENT OF CHRIST’ COMMISIONED IN 1507 BY ATALANTA BAGLIONI TO HONOR THE DEATH OFF HER SON GRIFONETTO Recently, a Zoom meeting was held in the city of Perugia, Italy with a historic presentation of the prestigious Baglioni family by Alessandra Oddi Baglioni. Alessandra is the author of the book "Nozze Rosse" (Red Wedding). … Continue reading Raffaello in Perugia
Raffaello always began his process of creation with a drawing. With the 500th anniversary of Raffaello’s death, The Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles has a magnificent program with videos of his world and lectures starting with the exhibit of his drawings. The exhibit of drawings and etchings gives a perspective of all his work … Continue reading Drawings by Raffaello
When the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles presented the Raffaello 500 Maestro universale 1520-2020, I was very interested to see the many video presentations on his life and work. The presentation marks the occasion of Raffaello’s death 500 years ago. There are so many interesting lectures and exhibits that is a joy to see them over and … Continue reading Raffaello 500