16.02.2014 - 05.05.2014
The Chiostro del Bramante, a hub for international art in the heart of Rome, hosts Alma Tadema e i pittori dell’800 inglese, Collezione Pérez Simón until June 5th.
On show are 50 works from the collection of Mexican industrialist and art lover Juan Antonio Pérez Simòn. A 25-year investment on the part of Pérez Simòn, his painting collection amounts to being one of the most important private collections in Latin America.
Visitors to the exhibition can admire the masterpieces of the founders of the Aesthetic Movement: from Millais and Rossetti to Burnes Jones, from Frederic Leighton to John William Waterhouse and, ultimately, pieces by Alma-Tadema. The canvases are inspired by mythological episodes (think Leighton’s Crenaia, the Nymph of the Dargle, and narrations of Celtic legends, fables and pre-Raphaelite visions, Shakespearian dramas, and even scenes from quotidian life, i.e. Arthur Hughes’s A River Passes.
Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s Roses of Heliogabalus in particular documents a history of Augustus (albeit mythologized), inspired by novelist Joris-Karl Huysman, who wrote À rebours, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1888.
At the heart of every painting is the Aesthetic Movement’s central focus, woman – as muse or model, heroine in love, as femme fatale, flatterer or princess.
The women depicted here are heroines from Antiquity and the Middle Ages, their bodies - marked by lust and sensuality - on display within sumptuous palaces and lush, verdant natural settings. Members of the movement, having traveled in Italy, Greece and in the Orient, worked to portray the era’s architectonic styles with precision.
After making a successful showing in Paris, and after its time in Rome, the exhibition moves on to its final stop, Madrid.
Tel. 06 916 508 451
Weekdays, 10 AM to 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 9 PM
(Ticket office closes one hour earlier.)
Full Price € 13.00
Reduced € 11.00
Where: Chiostro del Bramante
Address: Arco della Pace, 5