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Ancient Egypt / La Civiltà Egizia

Ancient | Egyptian painting and sculpture

Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now the modern country of Egypt. It is one of six civilizations to arise independently.
Egyptian civilization followed prehistoric Egypt and coalesced around 3150 BC (according to conventional Egyptian chronology) with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first pharaoh Narmer (commonly referred to as Menes).

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Royal Palace of Caserta | A triumph of Italian Baroque


The Royal Palace of Caserta is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, constructed by the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies as their main residence as kings of Naples.
It is one of the largest palaces erected in Europe during the 18th century.
In 1997, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its nomination described it as "the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space".

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Titian | Danaë and the Shower of Gold, 1560-1565


"The Danaë and the Shower of Gold") comprises at least five oil-on-canvas paintings by the Venetian master Titian🎨, completed between 1540-1570. The works are based on the mythological princess Danaë. According to Ovid she was isolated in a bronze dungeon following a prophecy that her firstborn would eventually kill her father.
Although aware of the consequences, Danaë was seduced and became pregnant by Zeus (in Roman mythology Jupiter), who, inflamed by lust, descended from Mount Olympus to entice her as a shower of gold.

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Karl Bryullov | The Last Day of Pompeii, 1830-33


The Last Day of Pompeii🎨 is a large canvas painting by Russian artist Karl Bryullov🎨 in 1830-33.
Bryullov visited the site of Pompeii in 1828, making numerous sketches depicting the 79 CE Vesuvius eruption🎨.

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Edvard Munch | Evening Talk, 1889

Title: Evening Talk
Author: Edvard Munch🎨 (Norwegian Symbolist / Expressionist painter, 1863-1944)
Date: 1889
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 175,6 x 216 x 9,1 cm
Current location: National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen

Munch’s lifelong obsession with loneliness and psychologically twisted love relationship began with this large picture.
This was the first time that he truly played out the theme that more than anything else infused his depictions of human beings “breathing and feeling, suffering and loving”, to use the artist’s own words.

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Giorgio Vasari | The Adoration of the Magi, 1566-1567


Title: The Adoration of the Magi
Artist: Giorgio Vasari🎨 (Italian Mannerist Writer and Painter, 1511-1574)
Date created: 1566-1567
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: 65.00 x 48.00 cm (framed: 95.00 x 69.00 x 10.00 cm)
Current location: Scottish National Gallery

This panel is an autograph, small-scale replica of an altarpiece painted in 1566-7 for the newly elected Pope Pius V, which was destined for the pope’s burial chapel in the church of Santa Croce in his native town of Bosco Marengo in Piemonte.

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Ercole de' Roberti | The miracles of St Vincent Ferrer, 1473


Author: Ercole de' Roberti (Italian Early Renaissance painter, 1450-1496);
Title: The miracles of St Vincent Ferrer;
Date: 1473;
Medium:Tempera on wood;
Dimensions: 30 x 215 cm;
Current location: Vatican Museums

This work by Ercole de' Roberti forms the predella of the altarpiece painted by his teacher, Francesco del Cossa🎨, for the Griffoni Chapel in S. Petronio, Bologna in 1473.
The central panel is preserved in the National Gallery of London, while the side panels are in the Pinacoteca of Brera in Milan.

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Francesco del Cossa | Saint Lucy, ca. 1473/1474


Artist: Francesco del Cossa (Italian Early Renaissance painter, 1435-1477);
Title: Saint Lucy / Santa Lucia;
Date: c. 1473-1474;
Medium: Tempera on poplar panel;
Dimensions overall: 77.2 × 56 cm (30 3/8 × 22 1/16 in.);
Sold: May 1936 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;
Gift: 1939 to The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC;
Current location: The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

This work originally formed part of the Griffoni Altarpiece commissioned by Floriano Griffoni for his family chapel in the church of San Petronio in Bologna.