Raffaello versus Picasso in Vicenza

July 24, 2012 by

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Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza

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The most influential architect of the Western World, Andrea Palladio, awaits you in Vicenza, Italy to show you his masterpiece. After years of restoration work, the Palladian Basillica is again open to the public! You will be able to visit it and see its interior, until now closed for six years, and finally see the huge hall, the corridors and staircases completely restored.

On this special occasion, a hundred extraordinary paintings from museums of various continents will be exposed inside the huge hall. From October the 6th to January the 20th, 2013, visitors can enjoy the palladian architecture and the exhibit Raffaello versus Picasso at the same time. Raffaello versus Picasso represents the long path from the perfection of form and the breaking of that same form with the Cubist movement.

Displayed in four thematic sections, the exhibit tells a story in images of the people represented in the paintings. The painters on exhibit include Raphael, Botticelli, Mantegna, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Dürer, Cranach, Pontormo as well as Rubens, Caravaggio, VanDyck, Rembrandt, Velázquez, El Greco, Goya and Tiepolo. Finally, the exhibit ends with the Impressionists from Manet to Van Gogh and the great painters of the twentieth century: from Munch, Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani to Giacometti and Bacon – to name a few of the many that will turn Vicenza into a superb museum of museums.

In fact, there will be three more museums in the city open with extraordinary exhibits. On the October the 6th, the local art gallery of Palazzo Chiericati, another palladian palace, will also be open with an extraordinary exhibit of sixteenth to the twentieth century paintings by the most important painters of Vicenza who will show you the society of Vicenza through portraits of the most important local aristocratic families.

Palazzo Barbarano da Porto is the only palladian palace completely finished by Palladio. Starting October the 5th, this palace, which holds the CISA (Centro Internazionale di Architettura Andrea Palladio), will become the new Palladio Museum where visitors will be able to discover Palladio’s personal life, his original designs, his architecture in Vicenza and Venice and the historical period during Palladio’s life in the sixteen century.

The third museum is situated in Palazzo Thiene, another palladian masterpiece decorated with frescoes and stuccos of the sixteen century that holds an extraordinary collection of Venetian paintings of the last five hundred years and the sole complete collection of oselle (antique venetian coins) in the world. Entrance to the palace will be free. Visitors will be able to visit the three floors of the building.

Besides all these special events and new museums, Vicenza will still show you its timeless masterpieces including the Olympic Theater, Villa la Rotonda, Villa Valmarana ai Nani and so many more. Don’t miss this exceptional moment to visit Vicenza, there won’t be another one!

-Ruben Alba Ecequiel

Ruben is an expert living in Vicenza, Italy. As one of Viator’s Certified Private Guides, he can show you the best parts of this city! To find out more about his tours, visit his profile.

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