Below there is the program of the Open tours, past tours are repeated every few months or you can buy a private session starting at only 10 euros per person HERE
Caravaggio’s origins are shrouded in some mystery as very little information is available regarding is early years, and his presumed travels before arriving in Rome at the age of 20. We will be looking in closer detail at the art and cultural scene of Milan at the end of the XVI century, and what elements may have influenced the young artist. We will follow his masters and his early steps as he arrived in Rome, discerning how complex and yet somehow stagnant was Rome’s art scene at the turn of the century. Caravaggio lived an erratic life and his beginnings in Rome must have been very difficult as he was not part of a workshop and managed to get some odd jobs painting still lives and heads, this until thins changed.
After few years of irregular life and work, Michelangelo Merisi managed to enter the patronage of the Cardinal Francesco Maria Bourbon del Monte Santa Maria (we’ll simply call him Del Monte) who hosted Caravaggio in the Palazzo Madama and introduced him to the Palazzo Giustiniani cultural circle and to many other important patrons. Working in the workshop of the Cavalier D’Arpino was instead the event that kickstarted his career as a patinter of “public” artworks for the roman churches, not all of these were a success as some were considered inappropriate for his strinking realistic style, and as well the abundant use of well-known Courtesans, or high end escorts, as models for madonnas and saints made his works sometimes questionable when not scandalous. But, when Caravaggio finally dominate the Roman art scene with several followers and admires, things took a bad turn.
In August 1990, the Jesuit Father Noel Barber contacted the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, only few hundred meters away from the religious house, about assessing the works of art in the Jesuit House. That’s how the Italian senior conservator Sergio Benedetti visited the house and noticed the potential in the dark painting hanging in the dining room, bearing the name of Gerrit van Hontorst, a well-known follower of Caravaggio. But Benedetti had a feeling, and it took several years of restorations and inquest to demonstrate that that was indeed a lost masterpiece by Mychelangelo Merisi, painted in Rome in 1602 and given to the Jesuit at the beginning of the XX century by and Irish widow who had lost her husband in the Troubles and wated to gift a token of thanksgiving to the fathers who had supported her in the past difficult years. We will discover the amazing journey and discovery of this masterpiece than is indeed one of Caravaggio’s most impressive artworks.
In 1606 Michelangelo Merisi, who had already a number of trials and accusations for violent behaviour, including tossing a bowl of “Carciofi” at his server, and thanks to the patronage of Cardinal del Monte was always able to get away with it, committed a murder. He was helped to escape and went first to Naples and later to Malta, hoping that the Knighthood would have helped him to restore is reputation. Instead he had to flee the island too, reaching Sicily and Naples again in a number of errands that well matched his interior struggle for forgiveness wanting to return to Rome. But when his troubles seemed to have ended things took a bad turn and Caravaggio ended stranded on the Tuscan coast. His last years were also the more prolific and his style kept changing and evolving incredibly at every step of his errands.
A Thrilling virtual tour from Castel Sant Angelo to Ponte Sisto, exploringPiazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori. Retrace the lives of figures like Beatrice Cenci, born into a ruthless and powerful Roman family, who had a tragic end in Rome. Learn about Olimpia Maidalchini, a smart and ambitious woman and sister-in-law to Pope Innocent X with whom she had influence over. She was not especially liked in Rome and was given the nickname ‘Pimpaccia’. Giordano Bruno, who was burned as a heretic by the Roman Inquisition. Discover the lives of Pope Alexander VI, the Borgia, who has always held a controversial status and the King of Savoy Umberto I, who was assassinated by a silk weaving anarchist. The lives of these figures and the places related to them offer unlimited fascinations.
Virtual Guided Tours via Zoom: you can connect in live streaming, interact, and share it with your family. Each Guided Tour is about 60 minutes to an hour of LIVE streaming time, you can ask live questions and make comments!
The New Frontier of Cultural Travel Experience! Virtual Guided Tours with an expert Guide using the Zoom App you can connect live, interact, share with your family. Each Guided Tour is about 50 minutes to an hour of LIVE streaming time, you can ask live questions and interact with other participants and at the end take our quiz! It’s a fun and engaging and fun way to spend your time with your Family, Friends, or Colleagues! It’s also a perfect ‘virtual experience’ for Schools, Universities and a Great Team Building tool where colleagues can learn about Leadership and Challenges in History!
After registering or purchasing your tour you will receive a voucher with a Zoom link, and a Meeting Id, and a Password. You only need to open the link in Google Chrome from your PC or download the free app to watch it from your tablet or phone. You may also connect your device to tv to enjoy and share the show with your family. You only need to buy one ticket per device connected, not per person, so the whole family can watch from one device!
If you miss part of all of it don’t worry as a recording is set out for every session ONLY to the registered participants hence you can watch it again in your own time!
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You can choose to book 4 Virtual Tours at 40 euros (saving 20%), select the first tour you would like to join, then we will send voucher codes to book the next 3 or you can simply message us and let us know which ones you would like to choose next, the tours don’t need to be in a row and credits can be used up to 2 years from the moment of purchase.
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