Italians do it better in new Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit

The Annunciation PAINTINGS painting Botticelli, Sandro (circa 1445 - 1510, Italian) Italy, Florence tempera on panel Italian unframed dimensions: 495 x 619 mm; framed: 810 x 950 x 180 mm; sight edge 491 x 602 mm    Painting entitled 'The Annunciation' by Botticelli. Within a vaulted building the Virgin stands, with head bowed down at the apparition of the Angel of the Annunciation, who comes flying towards her through a portico, beyond which is seen a landscape with hills. Rays of glory are also directed towards the Virgin 174

Botticelli’s The Annunciation.

Some of the greatest names in European art are in town. Beginning today, Friday June 12, the Vancouver Art Gallery is exhibiting Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.

The exhibit traces the Golden Age of Italian painting from the late 14th century to the late 19th century, and features masterpieces by such heavy-hitters as Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Titian, the Cavaliere d’Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari), Francesco Guardi, Domenichino and Salvator Rosa. As you might imagine, saints and religious figures figure prominently, along with scenes of Roman and Italian history.

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Italians do it better in new Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit

Italian Culture, Community and ART Take Over Commercial Drive, June 14 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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All things Italian will once again take over Commercial Drive on Sunday, June 14, for Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, the 6th Annual Italian Day. Celebrating more than 50 years of Italian heritage in Vancouver, Italian Day brings together the best that Italy has to offer in our own backyard. This year’s festival puts a special focus on Italian ART, with pre-event showcases of Italian film and painting, and breathtaking examples of Italian design, music, theatre, food, crafts and activities throughout the event!

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Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Get ready for a weekend of interactive theatre, drunk science, paintings of kittens, and your choice of folk music or psytrance – and that’s just Friday! There is much in the works to tire out all the people training for the Sun Run well before Sunday. Good luck to all the runners out there from all of us on the sidelines and… from those of us soundly sleeping in.

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Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Van Gogh, Cezanne and Other European Masterpieces Come to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vincent van Gogh Tarascon Stagecoach, 1888 (La diligence de Tarascon) oil on canvas The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum

Vincent van Gogh, Tarascon Stagecoach, 1888, (La diligence de Tarascon), oil on canvas
The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum

The van Gogh hanging in the Vancouver Art Gallery shows an ordinary stagecoach set along an otherwise barren street. It’s a commonplace scene (or at least it was in 1888 when it was painted). But in the swirling lines of the paintbrush and in the vivid contrast between ochre walls, blue sky and red coach, there’s the unmistakeable signature of a genius.

Van Gogh, Cezanne, Degas, Manet and other European masters are currently on display as part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Cezanne and the Modern exhibition, which opened Feb. 14. It’s a rare treat to see one or two European “masterpieces” hanging on the walls of the gallery; to see so many in one exhibition is an opportunity not to be missed.

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Van Gogh, Cezanne and Other European Masterpieces Come to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Lots of festivals and shows this weekend for the whole family!  How many events will you attend?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend