There are few things more beautiful than the Italian countryside. Over the years, Italian artists have captured the romanticism and splendor of the destination through their works of art, whether its contemporary sculpture or traditional canvas painting. While you may not be able to visit the inspiration itself, if you're in New York you can easily stop by any one of these art galleries to catch a glimpse their collections and and maybe even take a piece home.
Photo Courtesy of the Center for Italian Modern Art
Best Permanent Location — Center for Italian Modern Art
With its goal of promoting the public appreciation and research of Italian art, the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) is a great destination for experiencing the best of what Italian and Italian-American artists have created.
From October 17, 2014 until June 27, 2015, CIMA will be hosting a Medardo Rosso exhibit of sculptures, experimental photography and drawings by the popular modernist. And, for any exhibits held at CIMA, guided tours are available Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. by appointment only.
Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Photo Courtesy of the Italian American Museum
Best Current Exhibit — Napoli: A Photographic Exhibition By Janine Coyne
Photojournalist Janine Coyne's exhibit Napoli: A Photographic Exhibition is currently being shown at the Italian American Museum. While spending time amongst Napoli's residents, Coyne snapped a collection of beautiful photos that represent life in the Italian city while taking viewers on an exploration through incredible historic locations. Subjects include Herculaneum, Spaccanapoli, Ischia Ponte and more.
Running until October 13, 2014, those interested in visiting the Italian American Museum for Napoli: A Photographic Exhibition should act quick.
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
Photo Courtesy of Primavera Gallery
Best Gallery to Buy Italian Arts — Primavera Gallery
Including paintings, decorative pieces, jewelry and furniture that spans across major movements, Primavera Gallery offers one of the most robust artistic experiences in New York. In fact, the gallery's collection is so good that museums have borrowed from the location, including The Museum of Modern Art, Taft Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Art and many more. While it might not necessarily compete with the likes of the Met or Guggenheim, Primavera Gallery has one exceptional aspect to it: pieces from its collection are for sale.
With a focus on 20th and 21st century Italian and French design, this is one of those places that's practically impossible to not find something to love.
210 11th Avenue, Floor 8
New York, NY 10001