• Italy
  • Modena Cathedral Complex (1/3) – Cathedral & Cathedral Museum

    As the UNESCO comments: The magnificent 12th-century cathedral at Modena, the work of two great artists (Lanfranco and Wiligelmus), is a supreme example of early Romanesque art. With its piazza and soaring tower, it testifies to the faith of its builders and the power of the Canossa dynasty who commissioned it.   摩德纳的大教堂、市民塔和大广场: 位于摩德纳的宏伟的12世纪大教堂,是兰弗兰科(Lanfranco)和威利盖尔茨(Wiligelmus)这两位伟大艺术家的杰作,是早期罗马风格艺术的最杰出典范。这所大教堂和与之相配套的宏大广场以及耸入云霄的高塔一起,不但证实了建造者们对皇室的无限忠诚,而且还体现了命令建造这些建筑的卡诺萨王朝的非凡国力。 In order […]

    Modena Cathedral Complex (1/3) – Cathedral & Cathedral Museum was last modified: April 4th, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Palazzo della Pilotta – the National Gallery of Parma (2/2)

    In my previous post about the National Gallery of Parma, I provided some practical information about the opening hours as well as the admission fees of the gallery and introduced to you in detail Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Scapigliata”. Additionally, I showed you through the “special rooms” which are temporarily closed and will be open on weekdays at 10:30, […]

    Palazzo della Pilotta – the National Gallery of Parma (2/2) was last modified: February 25th, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Palazzo della Pilotta – the National Gallery of Parma (1/2)

    Parma is a city in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, famous for Parmesan cheese and Parma ham. Besides its gastronomy, the Romanesque buildings, including the frescoed Parma Cathedral and the Baptistery, dominate the city center. What’s the attraction that eventually persuaded me to pay a visit to the city? It’s the Galleria Nazionale, inside the imposing Palazzo […]

    Palazzo della Pilotta – the National Gallery of Parma (1/2) was last modified: February 19th, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Modena – Gallery Estense (2/2)

    Following my previous post about the Galleria Estense, this post is gonna be about some masterpieces of El Greco, Tintoretto, Veronese and Guercino, as well as some Roman antiquities. Now, let’s get started with the Portable Altarpiece by El Greco (Domenico Theotokopulos). Portable Altarpiece by El Greco Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 – 1614), most widely known as El Greco (“The Greek”), was […]

    Modena – Gallery Estense (2/2) was last modified: February 14th, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Modena – Galleria Estense (1/2)

    Besides the Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, which are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Galleria Estense is another major attraction in Modena that you should not miss if you are interested in culture and art. It was opened to the public in 1854 and since 1894 it has been located on the fourth floor […]

    Modena – Galleria Estense (1/2) was last modified: January 3rd, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Milan – Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) (3/3)

    As I mentioned at the end of my previous post, in this post, which is also the last post about Brera, I’ll show you masterpieces by Caravaggio, who had a formative influence on Baroque painting, Peter Paul Rubens, the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition, Giambattista Tiepolo, Giambattista Pittoni, Canaletto, Bernardo Bellotto, Pietro Longhi and so on. What’s […]

    Milan – Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) (3/3) was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Milan – Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) (2/3)

    As I mentioned at the end of my previous post, in this post, I’ll focus on works by the leading painters of the Venetian School including Gentile Bellini, Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto and so on. If you are interested in Leonardo da Vinci, although there are no works by him here, I’ll give you a […]

    Milan – Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) (2/3) was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Milan – Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) (1/3)

    After visiting the Brera Art Gallery three times, I’ve finally decided to write a series of posts dedicated to its collections. Why three times? Well, the first time was about 2 years ago and I didn’t pay much attention to the artworks but the big names. What’s more, the famous “The Kiss” by Francesco Hayez was […]

    Milan – Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) (1/3) was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Dong
  • France
  • Strasbourg – the must-visit museums (Palais Rohan, Alsatian Museum & L’Aubette 1928)

    In this post, I’ll talk about some of the most important museums in Strasbourg, for example, Palais Rohan, former residence of the prince-bishops and cardinals of the House of Rohan and now home to the city’s Archaeological Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts and Museum of Fine Arts. This palace has also hosted a number of French monarchs such as Louis […]

    Strasbourg – the must-visit museums (Palais Rohan, Alsatian Museum & L’Aubette 1928) was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Dong
  • France
  • Strasbourg – boat cruise and audio-guided tour of the historic center

    In this post, I’ll focus on the audio-guided tour of the historic center of Strasbourg and the boat cruise around the Grande-Île. In my opinion, a combination of these two tours provides the best opportunity to learn about the city’s history, and in particular, its cultural heritage. If you have read my previous posts about Strasbourg, please click here […]

    Strasbourg – boat cruise and audio-guided tour of the historic center was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Dong