Culture Watch: View the Celebrated Carracci Fresco at Rome's Farnese Palace

Palazzo Farnese in Rome

Culture hounds won't want to miss this rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the a ceiling fresco by Annibale Carracci in Rome's Palazzo Farnese, one of the city's finest Renassiance palaces and the current home of the French embassy. The French ambassador has opened the palace to the public for the first time in history with an exhibition entitled “Palazzo Farnese: From Renaissance Palace to French Embassy” running until April 27, 2011. As The Economist points out, the Carracci fresco is Rome's most celebrated ceiling after the Sistine Chapel, a remarkable work depicting the mythological figures Bacchus and Ariadne. The building itself is seen as a work of art-- its architecture copied in buildings around the world-- and its rooms have once again been filled with the priceless works of art which the Farnese family once owned (now displayed in museums in Naples). Don't miss the exhibit that The Economist describes as “an aesthetic knockout.”

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