Victorian Masterpieces at Chiostro del Bramante
For those who have time to get lost in the romantic alleys around Piazza Navona’s, it’s well worth it to end up at the Chiostro del Bramante on Via Arco della Pace. Not only does this church contain one of the most enchanting cloisters of Rome, now you can take a peek at a real celebration of womanhood through the visual language of painting. Until the 5th of June this hidden little church is hosting the gems of the Pérez Simon collection containing works by Alma-Tadema and other world-famous Victorian painters of the 19th century like Edward Burne-Jones, John William Godward, Arthur Hughes, and Albert Moore.
Unappreciated when it first debuted, the romantic and expressive style of the Aesthetic Movement was far beyond its time but it has (luckily for us!) come back into vogue. Every piece is a fairytale about femininity showing the softness and sensitivity of the female body and soul through the symbolic meanings of flowers and water. This exhibition perfectly suits the atmosphere of spring. Now you can step right off the sunny streets of Rome into another dimension of renewal and rebirth. The collector himself says he wants to represent all the beauty of the world. Well, I think he really captures that sense of beauty in both the mythical collection and its location in the heart of the one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Chiostro del Bramante
Via Arco della Pace, 5.
Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-9pm
entry fee €11/13 – on Mondays for university students €5
Till 5 June 2014