Monthly Archives: December 2011

Piranesi, creator of the Roman iconograpy


Under the title Piranesi, Rembrandt of the Ruins, the Casa di Goethe in Rome hosts an exhibition of the engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi, who lived and worked from 1720 to 1778. The Piranesi exhibition gives an excellent insight into what Rome must have looked like in the days of Goethe and focuses especially on his work “Vedute di Roma” (Views of Rome), which is represented with 35 reprints. The artist had depicted the ancient and classical monuments of the Eternal City in 135 sheets.The decay of the Roman ruins facilitates their placement in the surrounding landscape. Piranesi presents them as overgrown, inhabited by phantasmagoric figures and, at the same time, plunged into air and light.


Piranesi influenced Romanticism and Surrealism by his way to represent his engraving, much more than a neoclassic artist.

During the exhibition Goethe House presents for the first time a major permanent loan to Rechburg and Betzkoj Associates (RB), a pen drawing of 1787 attributed to JW Goethe, newly discovered, depicting a landscape with Italian monastery.

Leonardo and his machines in Rome


An exclusive exhibition has been inaugurated in Rome on April 2009 and will be opened till April 30th 2012,dedicated to the eclectic genius of Leonardo da Vinci, whose interests ranged over a wide variety of subjects: painting,sculpture,architecture,music,science,math,engineering,anatomy,geology,cartography,botany.

The show gathers the inventions of the great Tuscan master that have been deeply studied and made in wood, hand laboured with care and technically skilled by scientist and brilliant florentine craftsmen.


All the machines are fully operational and can be touched and set in motion for the amusement of all visitors: flying machines, like the precursor of the parachute, a bicycle, an hidraulic saw and many others inventions,

even an armoured tank created in exclusive for this show with its weight of two tons, and about six metres in diameter and three metres high.

The machines are grouped into 4 main sectors characterized by 4 elements of nature, water, air, earth and fire, to which add the category “mechanical elements” or mechanisms,.

The exhibition, inside the historical Palazzo della Cancelleria, next to Campo de’ Fiori can be an opportunity of a deep interactive experience to understand the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. The area can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel using the bus 64, from the Termini Station. Here you have a map showing the route.

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