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The Palazzo della Carovana in Pisa: from seat of the Order of St. Stephen to Scuola Normale

The Palazzo della Carovana in Pisa: from seat of the Order of St. Stephen to Scuola Normale

"Perhaps the most beautiful spot in the city is the Piazza dei Cavalieri, with the Vasarian palace and Ugolino's tower that now houses the grand library of the Scuola Normale. Here, far from the hasty tourists who only want to take away the image of ...
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Andrea Fontanari, the poetry of the everyday

Andrea Fontanari, the poetry of the everyday

From the window of Andrea Fontanari's studio, one can see the gentle ridges that separate the Valsugana from the Adige Valley. In summer, the mountains of Trent are clothed in an emerald green that competes in intensity with the more ringing green of...
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Edoardo Persico and the land of misunderstandings

Edoardo Persico and the land of misunderstandings

We anticipate the essay by Maurizio Cecchetti that appears in the catalog of the exhibition conceived by Vittorio Sgarbi Art and Fascism currently running at the Mart in Rovereto, curated by Beatrice Avanzi and Daniela Ferrari, until September 1. The...
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Flavio Orlando, an out-of-the-box artist who makes you smile and think

Flavio Orlando, an out-of-the-box artist who makes you smile and think

Flavio Orlando (Rome, 1991) is an out-of-the-box artist. Although his research focuses on seemingly simple and familiar themes, such as everyday life experiences, memories and bonds, what he manages to reproduce on canvas tells us about a pictorial i...
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When Giotto and Cimabue were in Pisa. The church of San Francesco

When Giotto and Cimabue were in Pisa. The church of San Francesco

In 2015 ago the church of St. Francis in Pisa, the second largest in the Tuscan city after the monumental cathedral, was closed due to a partial roof collapse that compromised the safety of the holy place. Then, in the last months of 2023, the Superi...
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The church of Santa Maria in Castello in Tarquinia, the Romanesque that never stopped

The church of Santa Maria in Castello in Tarquinia, the Romanesque that never stopped

"Lt. Mario d'Orazio, on Sept. 13, 1935 - XIII E.F. with a happy group visited, contemplated, and invoked mercy this now no longer sacred place." The inscription is inscribed on the marble of the ambo of Santa Maria in Castello, once covered with vari...
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Defending the faith and protecting the Mediterranean: history of the Knights of St. Stephen

Defending the faith and protecting the Mediterranean: history of the Knights of St. Stephen

On March 15, 1562, theOrder of the Knights of St. Stephen was officially born: on that day, Archbishop Giorgio Cornaro, nuncio to Tuscany on behalf of Pope Pius IV, dressed Cosimo I dei Medici, then duke of Florence and Siena, in the robes of Grand M...
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Jacopo della Quercia's Madonna in Anghiari: a sculpture...versatile.

Jacopo della Quercia's Madonna in Anghiari: a sculpture...versatile.

A marvelous Renaissance wooden sculpture has been enriching the state heritage since 1977: it is the Madonna and Child by Jacopo della Quercia (Siena, c. 1374 - 1438), purchased that year by the Superintendency of Arezzo and now the most important wo...
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The Prison of the Mind. Mona Hatoum's art at the Bruges Triennial.

The Prison of the Mind. Mona Hatoum's art at the Bruges Triennial.

Theswing has always been among the freest and happiest games a child knows: it is a safe, public and impersonal nonplace where one pretends to fly while the air dishevels one's hair with irreverence and escape, dreams, seem to be a few inches closer ...
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The Botanical Garden of Pisa, one of the first university botanical gardens in the world

The Botanical Garden of Pisa, one of the first university botanical gardens in the world

In the center of Pisa, just a few meters from the famous Tower and along Via Santa Maria, a monumental road axis dotted with ancient churches, medieval tower-houses and aristocratic palaces built between the 16th and 18th centuries, hidden from the e...
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The Belvedere Torso, a jewel of the Vatican that also captivated Michelangelo

The Belvedere Torso, a jewel of the Vatican that also captivated Michelangelo

Walking through the endless corridors of the Vatican Museums, now filled with visitors even on winter Tuesday mornings, it is not easy to focus on the most extraordinary works, to grasp the difference between wonder and masterpiece, between the parti...
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A centuries-old tradition: the Pisa Bridge Game in ancient depictions

A centuries-old tradition: the Pisa Bridge Game in ancient depictions

"For Game is too much, for war is too little ." With these words, in 1807, Marie Louise, Queen Regent of Etruria, put an end to the Gioco del Ponte in Pisa, only one edition of which was contested throughout the 19th century. The event resumed in the...
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The world before the world. Egyptian cosmogony and the Heliopolitan Ennead.

The world before the world. Egyptian cosmogony and the Heliopolitan Ennead.

In the thoughts ofearly man there was a connection between what was part of the nature around him and what he considered supernatural. The advent ofart played a fundamental role in the psychology of Prehistoric man as it was considered the first mean...
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Ettore Sottsass's Ultrafragola mirror, between dream and revolution

Ettore Sottsass's Ultrafragola mirror, between dream and revolution

It is the most Instagrammed mirror in history, depopulated on social in recent years as a status symbol of celebrities and influencers. On the surface vexatious and boyish, it is actually an emblem of a great revolution and the bearer of strong, nonc...
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The Museum of Computing Instruments and the Museum of Physics Instruments at the University of Pisa.

The Museum of Computing Instruments and the Museum of Physics Instruments at the University of Pisa.

TheUniversity of Pisa was officially founded in 1343, but already in previous centuries the city was frequented by students taking classes with celebrated masters, among whom was mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. This ancient institution cloaked in g...
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Why is there a bear chained to the palace of a Renaissance city?

Why is there a bear chained to the palace of a Renaissance city?

A chained bear, tied to the facade of an elegant marble building. Standing upright on its hind legs, aggressive, in the act of attacking. The snout of the animal that is unhappy with that condition, with the chain that holds him there, attached to th...
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