Found-again places in the Nera Valley: an open-air itinerary

Open-air environments are an inspiration, not only to artists but to all of us: they are ideal to enjoy and fully appreciate the beauty of reality.

That is the central concept at the basis of the Plenaristi project, an itinerary and museum articulated into rediscovered places in the “enchanted valley” of the river Nera.

Created by a team of experts and institutions from the area around Terni and Narni, in southern Umbria, the project includes in its many goals the organization of a complete, virtual archive of works of art painted in the area, and the promotion of a documentary by Franco Passalacqua, “La Valle Incantata” (literally, “The Enchanted Valley”) which tells the story of plein-air painters and their art, with a special focus on works produced in the Nera Valley.

However, the heart of the project is a museum of “en plein air” painting – not enclosed in a single building, but articulated into an itinerary that crosses the valley and follows artists’ individual paths.

Here is a selection of the paintings born along those paths, walked by famous international artists between the 18th and 19th centuries. Follow them in their creative journey, under the sky and immersed in nature.

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A student of Corot, "View with the Waterfall of the Marmore", after 1826

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, "Papigno", 1826

Pierre-Athanase Chauvin, “Aqueduct and Bridge near Narni”, 1819

André Giroux, "View near Narni"

Jean-Joseph Xavier, "Ravine near Narni", 1787

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, "Papigno", 1826

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, "Piediluco", 1826

J. W. Smith, "Papigno and the Nera Flowing towards the Terni Valley"

Jean-Joseph Xavier Bidauld, "The Bridge of Augustus over the Nera River, near Narni”, 1787

Karl Blechen , “The Bridge of Augustus in Narni”

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot,” The Velino at the Exit of the Lake in Papigno”, 1826

W. Palm, "The Nera Valley from Narni"

Found-again places in the Nera Valley: an open-air itinerary


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