Thursday, December 18, 2008

Loom weaving

My latest adventure is loom weaving! This is one of the things that I do during my long winter "holidays".
I have a 2 shaft loom

and I just finished preparing a beautiful warping basket... isn't it beautiful? And, I promise, it's also very useful!

Next steps will be finishing more balls for my warp, warping the loom (it takes forever!) and starting my first independent project!
... after all, I think I hope it snows so that I'll have an excuse to lock myself in and weave!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Raffaello e Urbino

This morning the expo “Raffaello e Urbino” was presented at the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino.
Urbino is Raphael’s hometown and his art is strongly determined by his town, his father Giovanni Santi and the cultural and artistic environment he grew in.
Together with paintings of Giovanni Santi and more painters that worked in Urbino during the last decades of the XV Century, the expo will show 20 paintings and 19 drawings by Raphael himself, all of them masterpieces of his early production.
One section of the expo will show pieces of one of the most important artisanal productions of the area: majolica. The pieces reproduce images by Raphael.
The expo begins on April 5th 2009 and ends on July 12th 2009: do not miss it!
Some of the works that you'll be able to see in Urbino that are not usually here:

Maddalena (usually in Berlino, Kupferstich Kabinett)

Autoritratto (usually in Firenze, Galleria degli Uffizi)

San Michele (usually in Paris, Louvre)

Busto di angelo (usually in Brescia, Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo)

The full list of the works (in Italian) can be found here.
I will post more as soon as I can get more information!