Works and artists


When an American restored Velázquez's Las Meninas.

When an American restored Velázquez's Las Meninas.

Forty years without losing polish. Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez (Seville, 1599 - Madrid, 1660), the most famous painting of Spanish painting of all time and the icon of the Prado National Museum, still retains intact the luminosity and color...
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The breath of the desert: the importance and representation of the cat in Ancient Egypt

The breath of the desert: the importance and representation of the cat in Ancient Egypt

There was a time when the ancient people ofEgypt began to reserve a deep veneration for animals, considering them to be incarnations on earth of deities. The crocodile, for example, was seen as the embodiment of the powerful god Sobek, a symbol of po...
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Inconsistent arts: the rediscovery of the movement that subverted the rules of art in the late 19th century

Inconsistent arts: the rediscovery of the movement that subverted the rules of art in the late 19th century

The following article is an adaptation of the essay Inconsistent arts: neither censorship nor honor, therefore by Johann Naldi published in the catalog of the exhibition Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. Paris 1881-1901 (Rovigo, Palazzo Roverella, February ...
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Reflection on Madrid's Ecce Homo: it is not by Caravaggio

Reflection on Madrid's Ecce Homo: it is not by Caravaggio

Of theEcce Homo (Fig. 1) presented as a work by an unknown follower of Ribera in a sale on April 8, 2021, by the Ansorena Auction House in Madrid, which caused a great uproar in the art world almost uniformly inclined to recognize it as a masterpiece...
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Between Reality and Desire. The homosexual imagery of Jean Cocteau's drawings.

Between Reality and Desire. The homosexual imagery of Jean Cocteau's drawings.

It sounds perhaps a little strange, to those who were to leaf through Jean Cocteau's The White Book today, the idea that the author of this singular tale, somewhere between autobiography, novel and confession, does not use precise terms to define his...
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More on Correggio's frescoes in the dome of the abbey church of San Giovanni in Parma

More on Correggio's frescoes in the dome of the abbey church of San Giovanni in Parma

As already written in the December 31, 2023issue of "Finestre sull'Arte," in the 1980s Parma was becoming a small restoration capital in Italy. The then Vicar General of the Diocese, Monsignor Franco Grisenti, a priest with great organizational skill...
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The Borges Labyrinth. A garden to pay homage to the writer

The Borges Labyrinth. A garden to pay homage to the writer

Among the most enigmatic forms sinceantiquity, the labyrinth has often fascinated artists and writers, who in turn have reinterpreted it to give metaphorical meaning to this ancient symbol. Jorge Luis Borges (Buenos Aires, 1899 - Geneva, 1986), one o...
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How Pandolfo Petrucci's patronage changed the face of Siena in the Renaissance

How Pandolfo Petrucci's patronage changed the face of Siena in the Renaissance

A patron so splendid that he earned the appellation "Magnifico." Pandolfo Petrucci (Siena, 1452 - San Quirico d'Orcia, 1512) was one of the most powerful men in late 15th-century Siena , and his activities in the arts contributed substantially to sh...
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The role of graphics in the fortunes of Leonardo da Vinci's Battle of Anghiari

The role of graphics in the fortunes of Leonardo da Vinci's Battle of Anghiari

The great absentee in art history is the famous Battle of Anghiari commissioned from Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci, 1452 - Amboise, 1519) to decorate one of the walls of the Salone del Maggior Consiglio, now the Salone del Cinquecento, in the Palazzo Vecc...
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The art of Giovanni Ozzola, photographer who investigates the infinite with light

The art of Giovanni Ozzola, photographer who investigates the infinite with light

Born in 1982 in Florence, Giovanni Ozzola is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in the Canary Islands. Photography, video and even more traditional media form the basis of his artistic poetics, a quest based on conceptualization and repre...
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"It's not a bag, it's a Birkin!": history of an icon, the Birkin Bag by Hermès

"It's not a bag, it's a Birkin!": history of an icon, the Birkin Bag by Hermès

Is it possible to have to join a long waiting list and wait years to be able to purchase a handbag? The answer seems to be yes, if that handbag is a Birkin. It happens just like that in a now well-known scene from the landmark series Sex and the City...
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Journey to Factum's workshops, where amazing facsimiles of art masterpieces are created

Journey to Factum's workshops, where amazing facsimiles of art masterpieces are created

At Factum Arte, in Madrid, there is a unique, fascinating and surprising atmosphere. It is not a museum or an art gallery: it is a place where history, antiquity and beauty dialogue with the latest digital technologies. Sketches of classical fragment...
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May 1, there is work and work: crafts in art from the Egyptians to the 20th century

May 1, there is work and work: crafts in art from the Egyptians to the 20th century

May 1 has witnessed many significant and revolutionary events. Known as Workers ' Day or Labor Day, the day commemorates workers' struggle for better working conditions, union rights and a more equitable distribution of wealth. Its origins date back ...
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A lesson in dance in eighteenth-century Venice: the celebrated work of Pietro Longhi

A lesson in dance in eighteenth-century Venice: the celebrated work of Pietro Longhi

Those who want to know the social life of 18th-century Venice , entering the homes of the nobles and bourgeoisie, the places they frequented, understanding how they spent their days, what their activities were and what their pastimes were, should ind...
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When a small lemon squeezer revolutionizes design: the KS 1481 by Gino Colombini for Kartell

When a small lemon squeezer revolutionizes design: the KS 1481 by Gino Colombini for Kartell

If you have an orange or lemon-shaped juicer in your home, it is very likely that the person who designed it was inspired by a true legend of kitchen design, namely the KS 1481 lemon squeezer, a masterpiece by Gino Colombini (Milan, 1915 - 2011) desi...
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Aligi Sassu's The Martyrs of Piazzale Loreto, one of the best-known works of the Resistance

Aligi Sassu's The Martyrs of Piazzale Loreto, one of the best-known works of the Resistance

At a quarter past eight in the morning of August 8, 1944, a truck belonging to the Germans occupying Milan was the target of an attack that, according to the records of the Republican National Guard, did not result in any casualties among the Nazi so...
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