The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Thursday, April 9, 2020


Rome's Raphael show falls victim to coronavirus
A visitor looks at a tapestry by Renaissance master Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known as Raphael, on March 4, 2020, displayed at the exhibition "Raffaello" at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome. The exhibition, marking 500 years since the death of the Italian master, runs from March 5 to June 2, 2020. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP.


ROME (AFP).- Rome's blockbuster exhibition marking 500 years since the death of Renaissance master Raphael fell victim Sunday to a government decree shutting all museums because of the new coronavirus threat.

The show at Rome's Scuderie del Quirinale presidential palace opened after years of preparations to great fanfare on Wednesday.

It includes 200 works by the prolific painter and architect -- a child prodigy who died aged only 37 in 1520 -- and had been due to run until June 2.

But the museum said on its website Sunday that the exhibition was closing until further notice.

"As a result of the Prime Ministerial Decree of March 8, 2020, Scuderie del Quirinale will remain closed to the public until new government provisions are issued," the Scuderie del Quirinale website said.

"Visitors who purchased the ticket will be contacted starting tomorrow."

Devotee from around the world had pre-ordered 70,000 tickets for the show months in advance.

Organisers sounded confidents that it would go ahead when giving reporters a sneak peak Tuesday at the treasure trove of Raphael paintings assembled from the world's greatest museums.

But the outbreak has only been gaining strength and the Italian government took the unprecedented step on Sunday of quarantining more than 15 million people in Italy's north.

The lockdown of regions around the Italian financial capital Milan and the tourist favourite Venice is set to run until April 3.

The government is simultaneously shuttering museums and other cultural institutions for the same period to avoid crowds and lower the risk of contagion.

They could re-open on April 4 -- or the government could extend the shutdown in some form in another decree.

The virus has killed 233 people and infected nearly 6,000 in Italy in the past two weeks.

The revenues generated by tourism account for around 13 percent of Italy's national output and the museum closure will only contribute to the economic pain brough on by COVID-19.

The Vatican museums are also closing -- as are the Uzzizi Gallery in Florence and other showpieces of Renaissance and other fine Italian art.

"All the museums of the Uffizi Galleries remain closed until 3rd April 2020," its website said.

Rome's archeological attractions at the Colosseum and the Forum are closing for the same reason.

© Agence France-Presse






Today's News

March 9, 2020

Sheldon Museum of Art presents Person of Interest

From coughing fits to closings, cultural world girds for coronavirus

Cao Fei and Formafantasma exhibitions now open at Serpentine Galleries

Rome's Raphael show falls victim to coronavirus

The Sydney Opera House goes quiet. Finally.

Exhibition at Staley-Wise Gallery celebrates the work of Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Exhibition presents an exquisite selection of drawings of important buildings in St Petersburg

Voice of the unknown woman: Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat

Petzel Gallery opens a solo exhibition of new works by Hiroki Tsukuda

David Zwirner

Carpenters Workshop Gallery opens a thematic solo exhibition of works by Joep Van Lieshout

mumok opens an exhibition of works by Steve Reinke

Feminist, fashionable and fighting for sustainability: India's Anita Dongre

Steve Weber, guitarist in oddball folk band, dies at 76

Art Gallery of NSW redresses history with announcement of new facade commission for its iconic entrance

Exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Rudolf Polanszky opens at Gagosian

After inquiry, Domingo withdraws from London performances

303 Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Gina Fischli

When classical composers did the fox trot

Rare fully functional Apple-1 computer among items in Steve Jobs auction

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to host art auction 2020 on May 2

Exhibition features contemporary Aboriginal artists, includes more than 100 works

What José Parlá, JR and Kunle Martins learned from graffiti

An astute choreographer stumbles (and rises) to hope

SFER IK Museion in Tulum wins LCD Berlin Award for New Culture Destination of the Year - Latin America

Innovative Upgrades to Make Your Workplace Better and More Efficient




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

buy Tramadol online

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful