Art and nature: the perfect encounter at San Quirico d’Orcia

In San Quirico’s charming landscape, painted in the soft nuances you can only find in Tuscany with its sinuous features and its houses built tightly together like an eternal embrace on the hilltops, and where even popes and kings have come to restore their bodies and spirits. Is there any better place to meet the most elevated forms of art?

Very often and very willingly, San Quirico hosts initiatives that highlight the close connection between man and nature, between art and reality, to show that beauty emerges from this continuous dialogue with the environment.

The first important initiative is “Paesaggi Musicali Toscani” an international classical music festival that has been taking place for many years now, and chose San Quirico d’Orcia as its favourite location. The program that takes place from the 16th to the 26th August is full of concerts and initiatives with musicians and orchestras from all over the world: Mozart, Schubert, Brahms can be heard in a sweet and thrilling atmosphere in places packed with history like at the Palazzo Chigi and at the Bagno Vignoni.

The second event takes place in Palazzo Chigi, the pulsating heart of artistic initiatives in San Quirico, is the “il buon secolo della pittura senese” exhibition (the good century of paintings from Siena), which takes place in Montepulciano, San Quirico d’Orcia and Pienza, to discover the masterpieces of Medieval and Renaissance painting. In Palazzo Chigi you will find the “Madonna and Child with Saint Leonardo and Saint Sebastian” by Bartolomeo Neroni aka il Riccio (the Hedgehog) and other canvases by Giorgio di Giovanni, Marco Pino and Giomo del Sodoma. The exhibition will be open till the 30th September due to its great success.

An exhibition the is closely connected to nature was inaugurated on the 5th August, to stay in the theme of figurative art. It is called “Forme nel verde” (shapes in the green) because it is located in the splendid Horti Leontini. The exhibition contains a series of sculptures and paintings made by students of the Fine Arts Academy of Carrara and Florence. These works will seem fantastic to visitors by restoring the primitive magical and divine power to nature. This exhibition will be open till November and is part of the European meeting and exchange project on the Via Francigena, “Le chemin du bleu en Europe”. It is an occasion to reflect upon the fact that European history was also made on these roads.

To close this series of artistic and cultural events in style, we suggest the Bagno Vignoni exhibition-market “I colori del libro” (the colour of books), dedicated to the world of reading. It includes presentations, food tastings and concerts and takes place in mid-September.

Art has its home in San Quirico d’Orcia, and the Palazzo del Capitano Hotel Collection endorses the motto: “beauty will save the world” every day, by giving its guests a pleasant and beautiful experience and holiday.

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