The last decade of the 16th century saw Rome slowly pulling itself from the ashes of the Sack of Rome, which in 1527 laid ruin to the city. Virtually destroyed by Emperor Charles V, Rome had drastically changed and was…Read more
Art – Context Travel Blog
Looking for the latest news and updates about art from around the world? Check here for reviews, previews, and thoughts about art openings, new exhibitions, and classic collections around the world, from Rome to Rio. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for visiting museums, galleries, and alternative spaces in over 40 cities, put together by local art historians, curators, and artists, as well as Context staff. From classical to cutting-edge contemporary, we provide an intellectually curious take on art happenings across the globe—or in your home city.
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At the height of this summer’s tourist season, an Ocean’s Eleven style heist relieved the Bargello National Museum of Sculpture of three precious jewels, dating back to the twelfth to fifteenth century Islamic world. Two presumably professional thieves bought tickets…Read more
This weekend I had the pleasure of viewing the Galleria Borghese’s newly opened exhibit: Raphael, from Florence to Rome. The first exhibit of its kind at the museum, it’s the beginning of an annual series of exhibitions celebrating the artists…Read more
Admit it, you know you have stared and gawked. They are hard to miss, considering how proudly they are emphasized and displayed in 15th and 16th century male portraiture. I am speaking, of course, about codpieces.Read more
New Art spaces opening in NaplesRead more
When the followers of André Breton published a surrealist map of the world in 1929, it was no accident that Paris was one of only two cities mentioned. During the preceding decade, the French capital had become for the avant…Read more
A riot of fruit in luscious colors beckons you with their soft plumpness. The apples are redder than Snow White’s, the oranges so vivid that Florida’s orange juice manufacturers wish they could print them on their cartons, and the grapes…Read more
The French obsession with Italian art began in the late 15th century when Charles VIII invaded the Italian peninsula and brought the burgeoning French monarchy into contact with Florence, the Medici, and the Renaissance. A couple decades later Francis I…Read more
It’s easy to forget in Florence, while traipsing between the city’s Renaissance palaces–the Uffizi, the Medici-Riccardi, etc.–and gazing at the magnificence of their architecture and artworks what everyday life was like for the middle-class living in the city during the…Read more
Opening October 24, the Capodimonte Museum will host an exhibition entirely dedicated to Caravaggio and the last four years of his life, entitled Caravaggio: The Last Years. For the first time in Italy, this event will bring together some twenty-five…Read more