Art appreciation with Sara D’Alessandro


Art criticism and Renaissance art tutor Sara hails from Rome and brings her skills to CIT Solutions for the first time in 2016. We spoke to her about why art matters, where to see the best and how to get more of it into our lives.

What’s the value of art criticism for you? Why is it important?  

Art criticism is the lens through which we read an artwork. Studying the development of art criticism we can realise how art history is an ever-changing subject; how writers, poets and intellectuals supported artistic tendencies and how, sometimes, their contribution created new aesthetics.

Who’s your favourite Italian artist (painter or sculptor)?Piero_della_Francesca-_Legend_of_the_True_Cross_-_the_Queen_of_Sheba_Meeting_with_Solomon;_detail

This is a tough question! It is very difficult to say who is my favourite Italian artist through centuries of art…I love 20th century and contemporary art, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Burri, the Arte Povera movement but also more “pop” artists such as Maurizio Cattelan. With historical artists is even more complicated, and I could give you very different answers, from the unreal purity of Piero della Francesca to the powerful involving inventions of Bernini.

Any tips for someone who has never been ‘into’ art before? What do you do when you first look at a painting?

My tip to everyone who is approaching art for the first time is “enjoy it”. Don’t worry if you don’t get the meaning, or if you don’t know what it is representing. Art is a visual language, and as long as an image rings a bell in your mind (whatever the bell is linked to, emotion, intellectual curiosity, anger or indignation) it means that you are appreciating it; then, if you want and have the time, you can find more information about it.

So, do you have any tips for finding beautiful art in Europe? Any lesser known galleries, churches etc. you can recommend?

This is also a tough question! In Italy you have an uncountable number lesser-known treasures: the church of San Clemente in Rome, for example, counting three levels (two are underground) in which you can see how Christian art developed, or entire little cities like Otranto in Puglia, Ragusa in Sicily, Arezzo in Tuscany. Travelling around Italy is always a discovery, even for an Italian!

What do you enjoy about teaching?

I enjoy involving people and giving them different points of views; besides the information about the authors and the artworks, I would like to transmit a little bit of the complexity of History of Art, basically because I honestly love it!

Check out Sara’s courses on our website and enrol today!

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