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The Loves of the Gods is a massive fresco cycle completed by Annibale Caracci (born 1560- died 1609) and other artists, 1597-1608 for the Palazzo Farnese (now the Embassy of France in Rome. Annibale, and later briefly his brother Agostino were commissioned by the Cardinal Odoardo Farnese, Pope Paul III's (Alessandro Farnese) nephew, to decorate the barrel-vaulted gallery or salon in the piano nobile of the palace. The “”Farnese Gallery”” consists of mixture of quadratura and framed mythologic scenes. The Flight into Egypt (1603) Oil on canvas, 122 x 230 cm Galleria Doria_Pamphili, Rome Annibale Carracci (November 3, 1560, in Bologna - July 15, 1609, in Rome) was an Italian painter, etcher and engraver. ... Events February 27 - The Treaty of Berhick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Congregation of Scotland The first tulip bulb was brought from Turkey to the Netherlands. ... // Events April 4 – King of Spain signs an edit of expulsion of all moriscos from Spain April 9 – Spain recognizes Dutch independence May 23 - Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia. ... Events 17 January - A court case in Guildford recorded evidence that a certain plot of land was used for playing “kreckett” (i. ... Events March 18 - Sissinios formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia May 14 - Protestant Union founded in Auhausen. ... Jump to: navigation, search A mid-18th century engraving of Palazzo Farnese by Giuseppe Vasi Palazzo Farnese, Rome (housing the French Embassy), is the most imposing Italian palace of the sixteenth century (Sir Banister Fletcher) (1). ... Jump to: navigation, search City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BC mythical, 1st millennium BC Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Left-Wing Democrats) Area  - City Proper  1290 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 2,546,807 almost... Categories: People stubs | 1557 births | 1602 deaths | Italian painters ... Odoardo Farnese (1573-1626), Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in Italy. ... Paul III, né Alessandro Farnese (February 29, 1468 - November 10, 1549) was pope from 1534 to 1549. ... Jump to: navigation, search Term introduced during the Baroque period to describe simulated architecture. ...

Annibale had first decorated a small room (Camerino) in the Pallazzo with scenes from the life of Hercules, likely to enhance the viewing of the famed Roman (imperial) statue of the Farnese Hercules. In 1597, he began to decorate the gallery, with the mythological themes set within frames painted on an illusionistic architectural framework (quadratura)[1]. Ignudi and putti and caryatid-like figures hold up the painted framework. The Loves of the Gods, or, as Bellori, the art critic of the next generation called it: Human Love Governed by Celestial Love is a meticulosly planned festive and dazzling array. In the center is the crowning large Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne, which shows a joyous, but classically restrained, partying mob leading a aspiring Bacchus to party on to an awaiting Ariadne. It is difficult to represent in screen-size photographs the experience of a large frescoed salon, but other photos capture perspectives; [2] and [3]. It is also not clear that we have a clear program to all the depicted events; some of which appear to span from one frame to the next. Hercules and Cacus, by Baccio Bandinelli, 1525 - 1534. ... The Farnese Hercules, engraved by Hendrick Goltzius, dated 1617. ... Jump to: navigation, search Term introduced during the Baroque period to describe simulated architecture. ... The putto is a figure of a pudgy baby, almost always male, found especially in Italian Renaissance art. ... The Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion, Athens A drawing of the Erechtheion caryatids A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural element such as a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on its head. ...

The figures that sprawl in each scenes are each a masterpiece of their own. In part, Carracci wished to bring to fresco the crowded sculpted scenes of Roman sarcophagi. The mythologic themes is oddly secular and seductive, for family so close to Church hierarchy, but probably served the need to intellectually season the atmosphere of a vivacious salon party of the time. After completing this proto-baroque or late-mannerist fresco, Annibale by report entered a long depression, and none of his subsequent works in Rome or his hometown of Bologna had the same level of mastery. he would influence Pietro da Cortona and Poussin in a subsequent generation. The density of figures would fuel debates in the next generation of fresco painters, Sacchi and Cortona; clearly Carracci influenced Cortona. A sarcophagus is a stone container for a coffin or body. ... Adoration, by Peter Paul Rubens: dynamic figures spiral down around a void: draperies blow: a whirl of movement lit in a shaft of light, rendered in a free bravura handling of paint In arts, the Baroque (or baroque) is both a period and the style that dominated it. ... Mannerism is the usual English term for an approach to all the arts, particularly painting but not exclusive to it, a reaction to the High Renaissance, emerging after the Sack of Rome in 1527 shook Renaissance confidence, humanism and rationality to their foundations, and even Religion had split apart. ... Jump to: navigation, search Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berettini) (November 1, 1596- May 16, 1669) was a prolific High Baroque artist active mainly in Rome. ... Et in Arcadia ego by Nicolas Poussin. ... Jump to: navigation, search Andrea Sacchi (born around 1600 (maybe 1598) at Nettuno near Rome; died 1661 at Nettuno) was an Italian painter of the later Roman school. ... Jump to: navigation, search Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berettini) (November 1, 1596- May 16, 1669) was a prolific High Baroque artist active mainly in Rome. ...

To our modern eye, Carracci seems regressive and reactionary, unwilling to escape a classical thematic, that in our view has become stale. Rebellious artists such as Caravaggio and Carravagisti would in few years abandon the sunny background, and the representation of aloof mythology. But in his day, Carracci's presentation would have been seen as masterful, as the supreme approximation to classic beauty. Carracci painted in the tradition of Raphael and Giulio Romano's secular decorations [4] for the the Villa Farnesina (acquired by the same family), but built earlier for Agostino Chigi at the foot of the Janiculum Hill on the Trastavere neighborhood. This palazzo is now the Academy of Lincei in Rome, and is bullhorn distance from the Farnese across the rive, and there were plans to join both by a bridge. Caravaggio (c. ... Jump to: navigation, search Self-portrait by Raphael. ... Giulio Romano (ca 1499? – November 1, 1546) was an Italian painter, architect, painter and decorator, the favorite pupil of Raphael, whose legacy Giulio Romano extended, and at the same time one of the inventors of 16th century Mannerism. ... Villa Farnesina is a villa in Via della Lungara, in the centre of Rome. ...

Visiting the Farnese Gallery

The coloful frescoes showing framed episodes amid atlantean architectural supports remind viewers of Michelangelo's monumental work at the Sistine chapel. But the urbane Farnese gallery frescos are far less penetrant of our collective subconscious than the ubiquitously-replicated Michelangelo episodes. Few tourists see the Farnese gallery in the flesh, relative to the almost universal experience of tourists as Sistine rubber-neckers. Italy and France, by treaty, have 99 year leases (expiring 2035) for use of respective palaces as embassy. It may, in a sense, have protected these works from fame, as well as from flash photography and humid exhalations. If you are moved by their dynamism to partake in their visual feast, schedule an appointment (free) by phone or mail with the Servizio Culturale, French Embassy, Piazza Farnese 67, Rome 00186, Italy, Phone: 06-686011. Indicate when you wish to visit and provide a local phone number to receive confirmation a few days prior to your visit. Jump to: navigation, search Michelangelo (full name Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni) (March 6, 1475 - February 18, 1564) was a Renaissance sculptor, architect, painter, and poet. ... The Sistine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sistina) is a chapel in the Palace of the Vatican, the official residence of the Roman Catholic Pope in the Vatican City. ...

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Annibale Carracci - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1116 words)
Annibale Carracci (November 3, 1560, in Bologna - July 15, 1609, in Rome) was an Italian painter, etcher and engraver.
In the Bologna of the early 1580s, his cousin Ludovico Carracci along with Annibale's brother Agostino, opened the Academy of Desiderosi (Desirous of fame and learning), later of the Incamminati (progressives); and finally the "School of the Eclectics" for training artists.
Starting 1597, he led a team painting the ceiling of the grand salon with the secular themes of The Loves of the Gods, or as Bellori described it, "Human Love governed by Celestial Love".
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