Botticini‘s vast altarpiece “Assumption of the Virgin” is a painting undertaken in tempera on a wood panel by the Early Renaissance Italian painter Francesco Botticini. It was originally installed in the church of San Pier Maggiore in Florence in 1477. The altarpiece remained there until 1784, when the church was demolished. It was then purchased by the National Gallery in the 1880s, but hasn’t been put on display for many years. During the past months, it has been the subject of the exhibition “Visions of Paradise: Botticini’s Palmieri Altarpiece” at London’s National Gallery
Here you find a brief summary of the main symbols of the Italian Christmas festivities, such as the Christmas tree, the Stella di Natale and the presepe.
The Christmas Tree
A Christmas tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as a spruce, pine, or fir, or an artificial tree of similar appearance, is a tree that is decorated and associated with the celebration of Christmas.
It was in Venice, Italy, at the Galleria Internazionale d’arte Moderna located in Cà Pesaro, the most important baroque Venetian palace, that Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown’s Inferno, saw for the first time Gustave Klimt’s masterpiece The Kiss while it was on loan from Vienna.
Langdon credited Venice’s Cà Pesaro with arousing his lifelong gusto for modern art.
The David by Michelangelo, the symbol of the Renaissance, has been studied for years by experts by constantly monitoring the statue and its ankle-high micro-cracks, which could cause breakage. The most fragile parts are the left ankle and the lower part of the right leg. For many, the David is the most beautiful sculpture ever…
“I pass behind the palazzo with its crenellated tower and one-handed clock”
(Dan Brown, Inferno)
Robert Langdon passed through Piazza della Signoria, circumnavigated Palazzo Vecchio, and arrived in Piazza San Firenze. The palace containing within its walls the embattled tower and one-handed clock is clearly Palazzo Vecchio, today Florence’s town hall.
Located in the National Museum of Archaeology in Florence, the François Vase is a jewel of ancient pottery decoration. Art, history, and myth, all in a container, but not just any: it is the François Vase. Archaeologists and art historians alike simply refer to it as the “François” after the name of its discoverer, Alessandro…
Domenico di Michelino was an Italian painter who was born and died in Florence (1417–1491). His most famous work, La commedia illumina Firenze (The Comedy Illuminating Florence), can be found in Florence’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown’s Inferno, describes this famous painting during the conference “Divine Dante: Symbols of Hell,” hosted by the Società Dante Alighieri Vienna.
A marble statue of Michelangelo Pistoletto, an Italian painter, action and object artist, and art theorist, stands in the square in front of Porta Romana in Florence in the center of a roundabout. It is from here that Robert and Sienna start their adventure in the novel Inferno.
The Last Judgement is the name of the fresco located on the wall behind the altar of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. It was designed and realized by the Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti between 1533 and 1541.
It depicts the Second Coming of Christ as well as the final and eternal Judgement by God on all humanity according to the Christian religion.
Michelangelo’s masterpiece was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and is mentioned by Dan Brown in his Inferno.
The painter, architect and writer Giorgio Vasari (Arezzo 1511 – Florence 1574), whom Dan Brown frequently refers to in his Inferno through his protagonist Robert Langdon as “the first art historian in the world”, is celebrated at Palatine Gallery in Florence by the exhibition Giorgio Vasari e l’Allegoria della Pazienza (Giorgio Vasari and the Allegory of Patience), which runs from November 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014.
One of Botticelli’s most famous paintings is the Primavera (Spring), also know as L’allegoria della primavera (The Allegory of Spring), displayed in the Uffizi Museum in Florence.