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
Looking for the latest news and updates about museums and monuments from around the world? Check here for reviews, previews, and thoughts about openings, new exhibitions, and other museums and monuments off the beaten path from around the world, from Rome to Rio. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for visiting museums, galleries, and monuments in over 40 cities, put together by local art historians, curators, and artists, as well as Context staff. From ancient statues to contemporary art galleries, we provide an intellectually curious take on museums and monuments across the globe—or in your home city.
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Forget the Colosseum, Context Rome launches a site visit program tailored to Rome lovers… “Watch your head,” Katie’s voice rang out as a small group of travelers and scholars crouched, one by one, and pushed into the entrance of…Read more
The second installment of â€œThe Four Seasons of Pompeiiâ€ begins this month with a series of itineraries designed by the Research Lab of Pompeii. As the first installment, this past fall, illustrated, although frozen in timeâ€”specifically, on a certain day…Read more
New Art spaces opening in NaplesRead more
From sauces made from fermented fish entrails and quiche-like pastry shells filled with bay leaves and ricotta cheese to peaches with aromatic cumin and honey for dessert, the current exhibition Cibi e Sapori nell’Italia Antica (Food and Taste in Ancient…Read more
Parisians tend to roll their eyes these days when they hear that the city will be getting a new museum. What with the D’Orsay, the Louvre, and the Pompidou Center (just to name a few), you already have to live…Read more
Tellers of class and style, nationality and attitude, for Salvatore Ferragamo (1898-1960) shoes were the link between fashion and culture. After all, if a shoe is fetishistic, what could be sexier than shoes made for legendary stars such as Rita…Read more
In pre-Christian Rome immortality was tied to memory. If your name was carved into monuments, your portrait displayed on busts throughout the city, and your memory associated with monumental works through the empire, you were, in a sense, immortal. Emperors…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