Watercolor, painting and sketching workshops in Tuscany

January 16, 2013  |  Culture and Art, News, Special Offers  |  No Comments

Painting in Tuscany

Many guests of the boutique hotel Villa le Barone in Tuscany love coming there for plein-air painting in oil, watercolor, gouache, pastel…

Each year, therefore, Villa le Barone gets new artworks. In 2012, three different interpretations of the church of San Leolino entered Villa le Barone’s collection: an oil painting of Ilaria Guicciardini, Italy, another one by Bill Brown from South Africa, and a watercolor by Peter Spitzweck from Federal Republic of Germany.

Painting in Tuscany

For many years, artists also organized at the Villa painting courses and workshops.  Watercolor painting is one of the most exciting artistic techniques in use since antiquity. It particularly developed in the Renaissance, mainly used for painting still lifes, flowers,  plants and animals. But when many travelers and artists came to Tuscany in the 18th and 19th centuries, they were seduced by its exquisite light, its amazing scenery, the wonderful hills of Chianti and the architecture of medieval hamlets. Many artists then, began practicing outdoor painting, and depicting the famous Tuscan landscape.
Practicing watercolor has many advantages: it is a discipline that allows even beginners to quickly obtain spectacular results. It only requires modest and easily transportable supplies. Indeed, a box of paints, some brushes, paper and a little water are enough to start. Painting ‘en plein air’ helps an artist to not only hone their skills, but also to observe the landscape with more sensitivity. One becomes quite aware of seeing colors and values. It allows sensing the lights at different times of the day unveiling a whole new world, and at the same time in our very busy world, it allows relaxation and renewing oneself.

Painting in Tuscany

Watercolor courses and workshops are regularly organized at the historic hotel Villa le Barone in Tuscany. The astonishing landscape, the changing lights and shadows, the many subtle colors are all sources of inspiration,

Jann Pollard, a U.S. watercolorist known for his works for the Karen Brown Guides, will also organize another watercolor, painting and sketching workshop at Villa le Barone , from 8th  to 14th October, 2013. As part of this workshop, an excursion will be organized in two Medicis historic gardens. Jann is currently preparing an art exhibition: ‘Inspiring destinations’ – A Collection of Paintings by Jann Pollard for Karen Brown Guides”, where many paintings she did for their book covers will be shown.  Villa le Barone was proud to be featured on the cover of the 2008 Karen Brown Guide for Tuscany and Umbria. The exhibit will take place in Filoli, near San Francisco, from February 5th to April 14th.

A french artist, Jean François Grillard will also organize, in May 2013, its 7th workshop.
The details of these painting workshops can be found on Villa le Barone’s main site  special offers page.

Wonderful exhibition in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence: The Thirties, the Arts in Italy beyond Fascism

October 9, 2012  |  Culture and Art, Events, News, Special Offers  |  No Comments

As the exhibition’s organizers state it, Italy in the 1930s was the scene of an extremely vigorous artistic battle in which every style from classicism to Futurism, from expressionism to abstract art, and from monumental art to decorative painting for the bourgeois home was involved.

The situation was further complicated by the arrival on the scene of design and mass communication—posters, radio, the cinema and the first illustrated magazine—which stole numerous ideas from the “fine” arts and transmitted them to a broader audience. It was this complex and lively workshop, open to the international scene that introduced the concept of modernity to Italy.

Masterpieces of over forty leading artists of the period are exhibited in Palazzo Strozzi, including Mario Sironi, Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Achille Funi, Carlo Carrà, Corrado Cagli, Arturo Nathan, Achille Lega, Ottone Rosai, Ardengo Soffici, Giorgio Morandi, Ram, Thayaht, Antonio Donghi, Marino Marini, Renato Guttuso,Ivanhoe Gambini, Carlo Levi, Filippo de Pisis, Scipione, Antonio Maraini and Lucio Fontana. They tell the story of a crucial era characterized by an extremely vibrant and innovative arts scene. The 1930s also witnessed the increasing mass production of household objects, which led to dramatic changes in people’s lifestyle, allowing ordinary families to live out a dream of modernity surrounded by designer objects, a practice that continues to this day. It was the era that defined what we might call “the Italian path to modernity” in architecture, design, painting and sculpture.

The Thirties. The Arts in Italy beyond Fascism provides also opportunity for interactive activities. Children are not forgotten as they can get audio guides specially made for them (also in English), as well as a suitcase to visit the exhibit in family in a joyful way!
Don’t miss the opportunity of Villa le Barone All Saints holiday‘s offer, “Art, scenery and wines”, to take the last break before winter.

A hotel with swimming pool in Chianti

July 13, 2011  |  News  |  No Comments

If you are looking for a relaxing stay in a hotel with swimming pool in Chianti, Villa Le Barone is what you are looking for! This 4 star luxury hotel with swimming pool in Chianti is located in Panzano in Chianti, next to Radda and Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Tuscany. Relax and enjoy a wonderful holiday at Villa Le Barone! You will be welcome you with all you need for a perfect stay in Chianti.

The comfort of a hotel with swimming pool in Chianti, in the heart of Tuscany

To book a stay at a hotel with swimming pool in Chianti means to have the opportunity to relax, do sport, enjoy a comfortable unique holiday in the heart of Tuscany. Panzano in Chianti, , is the perfect location for a hotel with swimming pool in Chianti, as it is a quiet place surrounded by nature and countryside. Enjoy the comfort to stay in a hotel with swimming pool in Chianti. You can swim and relax while enjoying your stay in a luxury hotel in the heart of Chianti.

Nature and local food for a wonderful stay in a hotel with swimming pool in Chianti

Villa Le Barone is not only a hotel with swimming pool in Chianti. It is also the best luxury hotel where to stay to enjoy the surrounding nature as well as the renowned local cuisine and wine. Chianti wine is famous everywhere in the world, and you will have the opportunity to see the vineyards of Chianti. Villa Le Barone is a hotel with swimming pool in Chianti, the best place where to enjoy nature and culture in the Chianti area.

Check the availability of Villa Le Barone deals and enjoy the comfort to stay in a hotel with swimming pool in Chianti!

Photo contest at hotel Villa le Barone

Photo contest at hotel Villa le Barone

Anyone staying at Villa Le Barone, a four-star boutique hotel in Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany, has the opportunity to participate in a photograph contest just by sending his/ her pictures taken during vacation.

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Hotel wellness in Tuscany, and well-being at Villa Le Barone

Hotel wellness in Tuscany, and well-being at Villa Le Barone

March 7, 2011  |  News  |  No Comments

Villa Le Barone in Tuscany is a hotel focused on wellness, ideal for those who need a holiday or a weekend away from everyday stress.

Hotel wellness in Tuscany, Villa Le Barone, immersed in the beauty of the Chianti countryside, offers a perfect stay for well-being and relaxation.

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