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The new year will host art exhibitions attracting a wider public to art shows - from the absolute masterpieces of Piero della Francesca to symbolism, from the work of Parmigianino in the 1500s to the visionary work of Ariosto, from the Venetian "vedute" of Canaletto to the 19th-century Macchiaioli and Impressionists, all the way to Balla, Severini and Japanese art.
In Bassano del Grappa, the new season kicks off on January 19 in the Civic Museums with an exhibit titled The Magnificent Warrior, featuring the sketches of Jacopo Bassano.
In Brescia's Palazzo Martinengo, the most famous "vedute" or views by 18th-century Venetian masters, including such masters as Bellotto and Canaletto, will be displayed from January 23 to June 12 in the show The Splendor of Venice.
From February 3 to June 5 in Milan's Palazzo Reale, Symbolism: From the Belle Epoque to the Great War puts on display the dreamy, metaphorical and sometimes shocking images in the work of Ensor, Moreau, Redon, and Bocklin as they explored the human soul in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Another extraordinary event is Piero della Francesca: Investigation of a Myth in Forlì from February 13 to June 26, at the San Domenico Museums that brings together the work of Della Francesca alongside that of Domenico Veneziano, Beato Angelico and Paolo Uccello, and looks into the influence that the 15th-century genius had on modern artists including Degas, Cezanne, Carrà, De Chirico, Casorati, Morandi, Balthus and Hopper.
In Turin from March 10 to June 30 at Palazzo Madama, the show From Poussin to the Impressionists: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Hermitage hosts a magnificent selection of works.
Also in March, beginning on the 11th and running through July 3, Rome's Chiostro del Bramante will display paintings from the Macchiaioli movement, while the Eternal City's Scuderie del Quirinale will host art from the first half of the 16th century by Correggio and Parmigianino, from March 15 to June 26.
The early 1500s are the focus of a show from March 19 to June 19 at Venice's Galleria dell'Accademia titled Aldus Manutius: The Venice Renaissance. Works by Giorgione, Bellini, Cima da Conegliano, Titian and Lotto tell how the founding of the Aldine Press and Aldus Manutius's precious books intertwined with a new type of art in the city, which was nourished by the publication of Greek and Latin classics.
For those who love the 1900s, spring offers the eclecticism of Gino Severini starting March 18 at Fondazione Magnani Rocca, south of Parma.