The Ara Pacis (“Altar of Peace” in Latin) it’s not…
You would be hard-pressed to find works of art that are more poignant than the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo. They reveal an inner life that’s rich but also terribly painful, and understantandably so: her life was marked by suffering both physical and emotional.
The cause of Kahlo’s physical pain was a congenital conditon (probably spina bifida) and an accident that left her bed-ridden for long periods of time. As for the emotional pain, the main culprit was Diego Rivera, a towering figure of Mexican art whose complicated relationship with Kahlo included at some point an affair with her sister.
Infidelity not withstanding, the painters were deeply in love and found inspiration in both the affection and the pain they caused each other, a unique phenomenon in the history of art whose intimate workings are explored in a free photographic expostition at the Cervantes Institute at Navona Square 91.
The exhibition is open Thursday through Sunday from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, until March 10.
If you are planning a visit to Rome and you would like to visit the exhibition, send me a line with the code FRIDA, and we’ll offer you a 10% discount off our list prices for your accommodation in Rome.