Barberini Palace, Caravaggio, Raphaello, chiaroscuro cieling

October 21, 2015

The Barberini Palace, just up the hill from Bernini’s Tritone Fountain, is an immense mansion and the home of the Galeria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, art from about the 15th c -17th century.  Here is Caravaggio’s Narisco- Narcissus. Get a load of the reflection!

Narciso by Carravagio
Narciso by Carravagio

In the galleries I try to find something I can draw. I try to find something that is interesting and doable in 5-10 minutes and where there is a seat, good lighting, things like that. Sketch of Gerrit van Bronckhorst’s Betsaben al Bagno. I’d never heard of this painter. Seems to have been influenced by Caravaggio, given how he treats the light here.

Gerrit van Bronckhorst Betsaben al Bagno in Galeria Nazionale d'Arte Antica Rome
Gerrit van Bronckhorst Betsaben al Bagno in Galeria Nazionale d’Arte Antica Rome
Sketch of van Bronckhorst Betsaben al Bagno
Sketch of van Bronckhorst Betsaben al Bagno

Back to Caravaggio, here’s another masterpiece hanging in room 20 (in my best Spanish accent, I asked where this room was in Italian and got a reply in Spanish!).  It’s so gruesome I nearly walked out of the room!

 

Caravaggio's Judith and Holofernes
Caravaggio’s Judith and Holofernes

Salvator Rosa’s “La Poesia” and “La Musica” (17th century) are superb.

Salvator Rosa - La Poesia3 Salvator Rosa - La Musica

 

And a rarity for the time, a woman painter, and quite a good one!  Portrait of a Young Woman Dressed as a Bacchante

'Portrait of a Young Woman dressed as a Bacchante, by Angelica Kauffmann, Palazzo Barberini, Rome, Italy.
‘Portrait of a Young Woman Dressed as a Bacchante, Angelica Kauffmann,

 

 

Here’s yet another prize- what the Galleria notes as the first female nude:

Pierre Subleyras
Pierre Subleyras

 

Jacopo Zucchi “Ritratto di Ciela Farnese”

Jacopo Zucchi 'Ritratto di Ciela Farnese
Jacopo Zucchi ‘Ritratto di Ciela Farnese

 

As for the building, it is a divine palace built by the Barberini family, whose symbol, three bees, appears throughout.  It is in wonderful shape.  The most magnificent room is on the second floor, immense and nearly empty except for several small sofas in the middle.  People lay on them and look at the ceiling, some 20 meters/60 feet above.  Here’s why:

Pietro da Cortona Triumph of Divine Providence.
Pietro da Cortona Triumph of Divine Providence.

 

You have to go there to appreciate all of these, especially this ceiling though.

All this for 7 euros.

Miniatures and sketches from Istanbul

Istanbul has had its moments of beauty and grandeur.  You can relive a bit of it’s heyday in the Hagia Sophia, the Archaeology Musem and the Topkapi Palace.

 

Topkopi Palace (mini, acrylics)
Topkopi Palace (mini, acrylics)

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The Topkapi Palace, home of the Sultans, his harem and the eunichs since circa 1450:

Topkapi Palace Entrance   (mini, acrylics)
Topkapi Palace Entrance (mini, acrylics)
Topkapi Palace Courtyard (mini, acrylics)
Topkapi Palace Courtyard (mini, acrylics)

 

 

While we waited to get into one of the rooms at the Palace (we thought it was the main entrance, but we’d already passed it.  It was just one of the rooms!) I sketched a section of the lovely old wall.

 

 

Turkish woman in bus:

 

Giethoorn miniature paintings

This small village is thick with canals, 180 foot bridges and brick houses with thatched roofs, making for picturesque scenes at every turn.  It was founded by Franciscians circa 1200.  Now 2600 people live there.  We took a boat through the canals.  Here are my favorite spots.  All are miniatures, approximately 4″ x 6″.  The watercolors are on post card stock.

Giethoorn Two Houses - watercolor on post card stock
Giethoorn Two Houses – watercolor on post card stock A6 approx 2″ x 4″

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Giethoorn, 3 bridges post card A6
Giethoorn, 3 bridges post card A6 approx 2″ x 4″

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Giethoorn, Boat Nears Bridge, watercolor A6
Giethoorn, Boat Nears Bridge, watercolor A6 approx 2″ x 4″

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Sketches of the Dutch

Here are some drawings and sketches of the Dutch.

Drawings:

Young Dutch Man (pencil)
Young Dutch Man (pencil)

 

Rembrandt in Hat (from a self portrait) ink
Rembrandt in Hat (from a self portrait) ink

 

 

 

 

Dutch Man (pen and ink)
Dutch Man (pen and ink)

 

dutch girl on train
Dutch Girl on Train

 

Sketches:

woman in bar zaandam (mini)
Woman in Bar, Zaandam (mini)

 

Dutch man
Dutch man

 

 

detoog eet cafe man taking bite (mini)
Detoog Eet Cafe- man taking bite (mini)

 

 

 

Cheers
Cheers (mini)