Tag Archives: Rome


Sicily…between Greece and Rome at the Getty Villa until the 19th August

by Richard P. Townsend An unprecedented exhibition looking at ancient Sicily—the crossroads of the Mediterranean—is on view in the perfect venue, the J. Paul Getty Museum ‘s Villa in Malibu, itself a recreation of a product of Southern Italian Antiquity. Go now and see it in Los Angeles, as the turbulence that claimed a number […]


Puccini’s Tosca at L.A. Opera through the 8th June

By Richard P. Townsend Verismo, a largely Italian operatic style employing a gritty naturalism current around the turn of the last century, was its day’s reality television. Shocking and sometimes grisly narratives involving murder, suicide, adultery, prostitutes and la vie bohème were stock-in-trade for colorful scores by such figures as Umberto Giordano, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni, and […]

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Caravaggio and his followers at LACMA until the 10th February

By July 1600, suddenly everyone in Rome knew about a young artist from Milan, even though he’d already been in the Eternal City for about seven years. Up to this point, however, he had only painted for an elite clientele. By September of that year, he was being called “the city’s most famous painter.” Now […]

Gian Lorenzo Bernini at the Metropolitan Museum of Art til the 6th January

Rome may not have been built in a day, but it seems as if the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini was responsible for much of it. The exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay just closing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tells us how. It all begins with the terracotta modello. This completely satisfying show—simultaneously pleasurable and […]