Impressionism and Caravaggio, two new great exhibitions on show at Sismondo Castle

Published on: 28 January 2015

Once again two exhibitions of very high quality with art masterpieces known all over the world choose Rimini as their venue. After the great exhibition "From Rembrandt to Gauguin and Picasso. The enchant of painting in Rimini" which closed in Spring 2010, people will have the chance of visiting two new great exhibitions from 23rd October 2010 to 27th March 2011: “Paris. The wonderful years - Impressionism versus the Salon ” and “Caravaggio and other Seventeenth-Century Painters - Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, USA ”.

The exhibitions are organized by Marco Goldin, promoted by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Rimini and by Linea d'ombra Libri and they will be on show in the beautiful rooms of Sismondo Castle from 23rd October 2010 to 27th March 2011.

Here they are in details:

"Paris. The wonderful years - Impressionism versus the Salon "
Round 90 paintings from several European and American museums and private collections will be on show. The exhibition presents the extraordinary period in which Paris became the centre of the world in the XIX century.
For the first time in Italy, the Rimini exhibition aims to examine the fascinating story, when innovation was introduced but an enormous wall was raised to oppose that innovation, and also when, what crossed that wall – the wall of the Salon – was the allure that sparks and accompanies painting.
It is worth noting that, at various times the Salon also accepted Impressionism and works by Monet, Pissaro, Sisley, Degas, Bazille, Renoir, Cézanne, Guillaumin, Morisot and Fantin-Latour, to mention only the leading artists associated with the Impressionist movement, all of whom are featured in this exhibition with paintings that were either presented at or rejected by the Salon. The exhibition, divided into three sections (“Face, Body and Figures”, “Suspended Nature” and “The Mirror of Nature”) compares the same subjects painted by the artists of the Salon, the Impressionists and the artists of the Barbizon School before them. Consequently, the exhibition is an authentic chapter of nineteenth-century French art history.
A literary section, within the art exhibition with works from Baudelaire to Zola and Proust, explains the close link between painters and writers.   

Caravaggio and other Seventeenth-Century Painters - Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford"
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Caravaggio’s death in 2010, Castel Sismondo has decided to flank the “Paris: the Wonderful Years” exhibition with a second, extraordinary event, an exhibition which consists of a magnificent selection of fifteen large-format paintings from the American museum’s important collection of works.
It is an exhibition of exceptional quality, all focused on the best masterpieces of the seventeenth-century in Europe, and first of all on Caravaggio and his unforgettable masterpiece, Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, the great artist’s very first painting of a religious subject, dating back to 1594. This centrepiece is surrounded by other celebrated works by artists who took their inspiration from Caravaggio such as Gentileschi, Strozzi, Morazzone, the Saracens in Italy, Ribera and Zurbaran in Spain, Le Sueur in France, and also by Sweerts, Van Dyck and Hals.
An extraordinary occasion to admire works of great dimensions coming from the oldest museum in the United States of America, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.

In addition to the two main exhibitions, it is possible to admire several unknown works by the painter Gianquinto (Venice 1929-2003), an elegant solitary artist with a great skill in the use of colours and brushstrokes.
The Rimini offer includes other two shows dedicated to Nunziante (from 11 December 2010 to 30th January 2011) and to Ciarrocchi (from 5th February to 27th March 2011)

Opening Time

Monday to Friday: 9.00 am -7.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Saturday 26 March:  9.00 am to midnight


Full rate: € 13,00 for both exhibitions
Reduced rate: € 11,00: university students with enrolment certificate, over-65s, groups with reservation (group leader free of charge), TCI card holders.
Reduced rate: € 8,00: under-18s, school groups (with two free attendants).
Many offers at disposal to take the chance of visiting Rimini and its art treasures

Special Offers
Rimini is getting ready to welcome its guests with special offers included in Rimini City Pass, a special card for price reductions and services addressed to those eager to discover Rimini’s rich cultural and artistic heritage. The card is available at the welcome desk in Sismondo Castle or in the tourist information offices in Rimini at the price of 5 €.
Rimini Art Card, on the other hand, is handed out to all visitors of the exhibitions and assures between 10% and  20% discount in some venues and shops of Rimini historic centre.

Closing cerimony: on Saturday 26th March. A special night openig of the exhibitions till midnight.

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