Ilaria Baratta

Ilaria Baratta

Giornalista, sono co-fondatrice di Finestre sull'Arte con Federico Giannini. Sono nata a Carrara nel 1987 e mi sono laureata a Pisa. Sono responsabile della redazione di Finestre sull'Arte.



Miart 2024: how much do the works cost? Our selection of 15 works, with prices

Miart 2024: how much do the works cost? Our selection of 15 works, with prices

The twenty-eighth edition of Miart, the international modern and contemporary art fair in Milan organized by Fiera Milano, has opened, and as has been customary for some time now at contemporary art fairs, we asked some galleries for the price of som...
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"There is still a desire to collect ancient art in Italy." Antiquarian Flavio Gianassi speaks.

"There is still a desire to collect ancient art in Italy." Antiquarian Flavio Gianassi speaks.

How is the situation of the antiques market in Italy today? What about internationally? How has antiques changed in the last 20 years? Is antiques valued enough today? We talked about this with Flavio Gianassi, who in 2013 founded and since then has ...
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A comprehensive museum on Leonardo: here is the Leonardo3 Museum. Paria director Massimiliano Lisa

A comprehensive museum on Leonardo: here is the Leonardo3 Museum. Paria director Massimiliano Lisa

The Leonardo3 Museum, the innovative museum entirely dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci in Milan's Piazza della Scala, has just crossed the finish line of its first eleven years. In this interview, director Maximilian Lisa told us how the museum has evol...
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The Pre-Raphaelites as never seen before. What the Forli exhibition, the largest ever in Italy, looks like.

The Pre-Raphaelites as never seen before. What the Forli exhibition, the largest ever in Italy, looks like.

It has been almost five years since thelast exhibition in Italy dedicated to the Pre-Raphaelites: in 2019 some eighty works from London's Tate Britain , including masterpieces such as John Everett Millais'sOphelia, John William Waterhouse's Lady of S...
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When puppets are art and avant-garde. Their history on display in Reggio Emilia

When puppets are art and avant-garde. Their history on display in Reggio Emilia

In an age dominated by social media, new technologies and the emerging artificial intelligence that is already creating deep debates both on its role and on the necessity or otherwise of human presence in given areas, who knows if the new generations...
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We want to be activators of culture&. Sabrina Bianchi, head of culture at BPER, speaks.

We want to be activators of culture&. Sabrina Bianchi, head of culture at BPER, speaks.

In 2017, La Galleria BPER Banca in Modena opened its exhibition space to the public: it has so far held as many as 18 exhibitions that aim to present the otherwise inaccessible works from its collection by important artists, including Antonio Ligabue...
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David Olère, the deported artist who painted the horror of Auschwitz

David Olère, the deported artist who painted the horror of Auschwitz

Art, together with literature and cinema, has told by bearing witness to one of the most terrible periods in history, one of the greatest tragedies ever of humanity: the horrors of the Holocaust, the persecution suffered by Jews under the racial laws...
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A monumental god at the Cinema Museum of Turin: the Moloch statue from Cabiria

A monumental god at the Cinema Museum of Turin: the Moloch statue from Cabiria

"Hate me, voracious creator who all begets and pines, insatiable hunger, hate me!" "Behold thee the purest flesh! Behold thee the mildest blood! Karthada gives thee thy flower." "Consume the sacrifice thyself in thy jaws of flame, O father and mother...
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In Florence, an immersion in Art Nouveau. Here's what the exhibition on Alphonse Mucha looks like

In Florence, an immersion in Art Nouveau. Here's what the exhibition on Alphonse Mucha looks like

Not only a tribute to the art of Alphonse Mucha (Ivančice, 1860 - Prague, 1939), but also an opportunity to reflect on an era characterized by a renewed interest in art, design and advertising and the remarkable ability that art has to unite peopl...
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Hendrick ter Brugghen's first time in Italy. What the Modena exhibition looks like

Hendrick ter Brugghen's first time in Italy. What the Modena exhibition looks like

Gianni Papi and Federico Fischetti are credited with bringing and sharing with the public the most recent research on the Italian phase of Dutch painter Hendrick ter Brugghen (The Hague, 1588 - Utrecht, 1629) with the creation of the first major exh...
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Inside Hayez's creative process (with a few masterpieces). What the exhibition in Turin looks like

Inside Hayez's creative process (with a few masterpieces). What the exhibition in Turin looks like

Not since 2016 had we seen an exhibition that chronologically traced the long biography and artistic production of Francesco Hayez (Venice, 1791 - Milan, 1882): until February of that year, in fact, the Gallerie d'Italia in Piazza Scala in Milan hous...
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"Pop artist, intellectual, connoisseur of the past: who was my father Concetto Pozzati"

"Pop artist, intellectual, connoisseur of the past: who was my father Concetto Pozzati"

It recently opened in Bologna, at Palazzo Fava. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the exhibition Concetto Pozzati XXL, the first anthological exhibition dedicated to Concetto Pozzati (Vo' Vecchio, Padua, 1935 - Bologna, 2017) in a museum venue since his pas...
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How much do the works at Artissima 2023 cost? Our selection of 15 works, with prices

How much do the works at Artissima 2023 cost? Our selection of 15 works, with prices

Kicking off the 30th edition of Artissima: from Nov. 2-5, Turin 's contemporary art fair will draw thousands of visitors to the city. This year's theme is Relations of Care, a concept developed in a recent essay by Brazilian anthropologist Renzo Tadd...
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American Gothic: one of the world's most famous American paintings was born from a house

American Gothic: one of the world's most famous American paintings was born from a house

From a chance encounter with a house came one of the most famous American paintings, American Gothic by Grant Wood (Anamosa, Iowa, 1891 - Iowa City, 1942). The artist had been invited in the summer of 1930 by Edward Rowan, director of the Little Gal...
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Rediscovering Bona de Mandiargues, an important surrealist whose story has never been reconstructed

Rediscovering Bona de Mandiargues, an important surrealist whose story has never been reconstructed

When one speaks of Surrealist women, one thinks of Leonora Carrington, Meret Oppenheim, Dora Maar, Remedios Varo, but among them there is another, Bona de Mandiargues (Rome, 1926 - Paris, 2000), whose singular story has never previously been reconstr...
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The Three Graces by Antonio Canova: beauty and sensuality

The Three Graces by Antonio Canova: beauty and sensuality

A symbol of grace, beauty and sensuality, the sculptural group of the Three Graces by Antonio Canova (Possagno, 1757 - Venice, 1822) is considered among the finest masterpieces of art of all time. The three nude female figures unite their slender, to...
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Judith Beheading Holofernes, the masterpiece by Artemisia Gentileschi

Judith Beheading Holofernes, the masterpiece by Artemisia Gentileschi

Since the 1670s, the production of Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome, 1593 - Naples, after 1653), daughter of the famous painter Orazio, has always been associated to some extent, particularly with regard to some of her most recurrent, to the feminist caus...
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Iconographic Particularities in Seventeenth-Century Genoa. The Extraordinary and Everyday Exhibition.

Iconographic Particularities in Seventeenth-Century Genoa. The Extraordinary and Everyday Exhibition.

The cramped exhibition spaces of the Palazzo della Meridiana in Genoa are not easy to manage in order to set up an exhibition within them: the risk of piling too many works on the walls due to the curators' fear of creating an incomplete project is j...
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A Cenacle... woven: history of the Last Supper tapestry donated for a royal wedding

A Cenacle... woven: history of the Last Supper tapestry donated for a royal wedding

TheLast Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci, 1452 - Amboise, 1519), the masterpiece that the genius painted on the wall of the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, is considered one of the fundamental works of art history bec...
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Veneto Museums: challenges and satisfactions at the Treviso and Verona sites. Chiara Matteazzi speaks.

Veneto Museums: challenges and satisfactions at the Treviso and Verona sites. Chiara Matteazzi speaks.

The Museums of Veneto have recently seen two major construction sites, in Verona and Treviso, the new National Archaeological Museum and the new National Museum Collezione Salce, respectively, which Chiara Matteazzi (Este, 1973), an architect in the ...
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Caravaggio's Cecco rugged and sensual. What the Bergamo exhibition on Caravaggio's pupil-lover looks like.

Caravaggio's Cecco rugged and sensual. What the Bergamo exhibition on Caravaggio's pupil-lover looks like.

There are artists of whom, thanks to historical biographies and documentary evidence, we know with certainty theentire existence, including their movements, their frequentations, their commissions, and sometimes even their thoughts, even if these liv...
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I believe in slow, thoughtful, constructed and poetic photography. Interview with Mario Cresci

I believe in slow, thoughtful, constructed and poetic photography. Interview with Mario Cresci

Until June 18, 2023 at the Gamba Castle - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Aosta Valley, the exhibition Mon cher Abbé Bionaz! Mario Cresci a photographer for the Aosta Valley, curated by Luca Fiore and produced by Le Macchine Effim...
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Masaccio in Milan, here's how he dialogues with the Diocesan Museum's gold funds. Nadia Righi speaks

Masaccio in Milan, here's how he dialogues with the Diocesan Museum's gold funds. Nadia Righi speaks

Until May 7, 2023, the Crucifixion by Masaccio (San Giovanni Valdarno, 1401 - Rome, 1428) from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples is on its way to Milan, to the Museo Diocesano "Carlo Maria Martini ." A real exhibition itinerary has been designed aroun...
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Ilaria del Carretto's monument, the beautiful tomb in Lucca Cathedral

Ilaria del Carretto's monument, the beautiful tomb in Lucca Cathedral

One enters the sacristy of the Cathedral of San Martino in Lucca in respectful silence, to pay homage to that young woman who has been lying on her sarcophagus for more than six hundred years. The cathedral holds masterpieces by important artists ins...
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Futurism is an avant-garde that is still relevant, revolutionary and free. Simona Bartolena Speaks

Futurism is an avant-garde that is still relevant, revolutionary and free. Simona Bartolena Speaks

The Futuristsexhibition opened at the Palazzo delle Paure in Lecco on March 18 .A Generation in the Avant-Garde, running until June 18, 2023, where works by the movement's leading exponents will be on display. We asked curator Simona Bartolena to tel...
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Klimt's Kiss, the idyll to which two lovers tenderly surrender themselves

Klimt's Kiss, the idyll to which two lovers tenderly surrender themselves

Among the most beautiful kisses in the history of art is certainly the one that Gustav Klimt (Baumgarten, 1862 - Vienna, 1918) depicted in the painting now in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, in the collections of the Upper Belvedere, Vien...
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From Pasquale Rotondi to Fernanda Wittgens, our monuments men who saved art: the exhibition in Rome

From Pasquale Rotondi to Fernanda Wittgens, our monuments men who saved art: the exhibition in Rome

Without a true love of art, which also goes beyond what an insider's profession requires, and sometimes without a courageous spirit, numerous masterpieces that we can still admire in our museums today would most likely no longer be in Italy. This is ...
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How a tragic love was rendered in painting: the Ophelia of John Everett Millais

How a tragic love was rendered in painting: the Ophelia of John Everett Millais

Among the Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces, theOphelia by John Everett Millais (Southampton, 1829 - London, 1896) in Tate Britain is in this writer's opinion the most disturbing, for it depicts a beautiful young maiden, elegantly attired, drowning in the ...
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Artemisia Gentileschi in Naples: here's what the exhibition on the artist's Neapolitan period looks like

Artemisia Gentileschi in Naples: here's what the exhibition on the artist's Neapolitan period looks like

The Gallerie d'Italia in Naples has inaugurated the exhibition history of the new venue of Palazzo del Banco, in the central Via Toledo, with an exhibition dedicated to the Neapolitan period of Artemisia Gentileschi, which thus focuses on the works t...
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Bedřich Fritta, the Jewish illustrator who drew life in the model ghetto of Terezín

Bedřich Fritta, the Jewish illustrator who drew life in the model ghetto of Terezín

We cannot and must not forget the horrors of the Holocaust because only memory ensures that mistakes and horrors are never and never again repeated. The racial persecution of Jews in World War II was one of the greatest tragedies in History: unpreced...
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The female body according to Albrecht Dürer

The female body according to Albrecht Dürer

The Museum of the Battle and Anghiari holds an important nucleus of graphic works by Albrecht Dürer (Nuremberg, 1471 - 1528), a great artist considered the greatest exponent of the German Renaissance who was able to bring theart of engraving to ...
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Lorenzo Lotto's unconventional Adoration: human and divine live in the humility of Christmas

Lorenzo Lotto's unconventional Adoration: human and divine live in the humility of Christmas

Few artists knew how to give a work such a touch of innovation and expressive freedom as Lorenzo Lotto (Venice, 1480 - Loreto, 1556/1557). This can be clearly seen in theAdoration of the Shepherds preserved at the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo in Bresc...
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The Place du Forum café in Arles: this is how Van Gogh makes the night more colorful than the day

The Place du Forum café in Arles: this is how Van Gogh makes the night more colorful than the day

Walking through the streets of Arles, France, one is sure to find oneself inside a Vincent van Gogh painting at some point. Not by imagination or one of the many immersive exhibitions dedicated to the famous Dutch painter. In fact, at number 11 Place...
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The Last Kiss between Romeo and Juliet: the goodbye kiss that was actually a farewell kiss

The Last Kiss between Romeo and Juliet: the goodbye kiss that was actually a farewell kiss

The kiss between two lovers was for Francesco Hayez (Venice, 1791 - Milan, 1882) one of his most depicted subjects: Indeed, very famous is the Kiss preserved in the Pinacoteca di Brera, which the painter painted in 1859 on a commission from Count Alf...
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An exhibition to tell the story of Galileo Chini's ceramics. Interview with Valerio Terraroli

An exhibition to tell the story of Galileo Chini's ceramics. Interview with Valerio Terraroli

From November 26, 2022 to May 14, 2023, the MIC - International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza presents a major exhibition dedicated to the ceramics of Galileo Chini. Entitled Galileo Chini. Ceramicsbetween Art Nouveau and Deco, the exhibition, curated...
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Stephen Fake: with immersive exhibitions I tell the art of the past with today's eyes and tools

Stephen Fake: with immersive exhibitions I tell the art of the past with today's eyes and tools

It opened on Nov. 26, 2022 at the EmotionHall in Gorizia, Italy's first permanent immersive arena, part of a shopping mall, the immersive, multisensory exhibition Gustav Klimt. Symphony of Immersive Art dedicated to the master of the Viennese Secessi...
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Treviso, what the Paris Bordon exhibition looks like: an exhibition for all on a Renaissance great

Treviso, what the Paris Bordon exhibition looks like: an exhibition for all on a Renaissance great

In conclusion to their essay published in the catalog of the major exhibition Paris Bordon. Pittore divino, set up at the Museo di Santa Caterina in Treviso until January 15, 2023, curators Simone Facchinetti, a researcher at the University of Salent...
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Here's why the St. Casciano bronzes are so exceptional. Interview with the director of the excavation

Here's why the St. Casciano bronzes are so exceptional. Interview with the director of the excavation

News came on November 8 of theimportant discovery in the Roman sanctuary at San Casciano dei Bagni (Siena) of no fewer than 24 bronze statues in excellent condition and other finds: an intact treasure that represents the largest deposit of st...
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Luigi Ghirri from his best-known series to his early days: a journey back through his photography in Modena

Luigi Ghirri from his best-known series to his early days: a journey back through his photography in Modena

It is not just a mere tribute to its greatest photographer that the city of Modena wanted to dedicate to Luigi Ghirri (Scandiano, 1943 - Roncocesi, 1992) with the photography exhibition Luigi Ghirri and Modena. A Journey Backwards, set up at the FMAV...
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From Oslo to Trieste: what are the 2023 destinations for art lovers in Italy and Europe?

From Oslo to Trieste: what are the 2023 destinations for art lovers in Italy and Europe?

Where to go on vacation in 2023? What are the most interesting destinations for art lovers, and gems to discover in Italy and Europe? As part of the TTG Travel Experience trade show in Rimini, we asked the directors of some of the leading tourism pro...
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BIAF 2022, an edition of the highest quality. Expectations are high

BIAF 2022, an edition of the highest quality. Expectations are high

Back in the halls of Palazzo Corsini is the Florence Biennale Internazionale dell'Antiquariato, the world's oldest exhibition-market, now in its XXXII edition. It will officially open to the public from Sept. 24 to Oct. 2, 2022, but we visited the fa...
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The most extravagant child of the Renaissance: the Portrait of a Child by Giovan Francesco Caroto

The most extravagant child of the Renaissance: the Portrait of a Child by Giovan Francesco Caroto

Never before has there been such an unconventional portrait of a child in Italian Renaissance painting: the Ritratto di Fanciullo con disegno (Portrait of a Child with Drawing ) by Giovan Francesco Caroto (Verona, 1480 - c. 1555) is considered, in ad...
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Castelnuovo Magra restarts with Gianni Berengo Gardin. In the tower his black and white reportages

Castelnuovo Magra restarts with Gianni Berengo Gardin. In the tower his black and white reportages

The Tower of the Castle of the Bishops of Luni, which stands at the highest point of the Ligurian village of Castelnuovo Magra, on Piazza Querciola, returns to host another exhibition project dedicated to the greats of photography. The Turris Magna, ...
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Andrei Molodkin: war is a catastrophe, but artists can change the world

Andrei Molodkin: war is a catastrophe, but artists can change the world

Known for his works that make use of blood and oil, Russian artist Andrei Molodkin (Buj, 1966) has devoted much of his work to contemporary political systems and in particular to the connections between politics and economics. In 2009 he represented ...
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It is essential for artists to dialogue with the territory in a serious and sincere way

It is essential for artists to dialogue with the territory in a serious and sincere way

After the success of the first edition, as well as lottimo feedback from critics and the public, the Artist Residency Lido La Fortunareturns , promoted by the Cultural Association Lido Contemporaneo in collaboration with the City of Fano Depa...
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Our Lady of Itria, the only certain Sicilian work by Sofonisba Anguissola

Our Lady of Itria, the only certain Sicilian work by Sofonisba Anguissola

At the "Ala Ponzone" Civic Museum in Cremona, the exhibition Sofonisba Anguissola and the Madonna dell'Itria ison until August 21, 2022 (thanks to an extension) , which, starting from the Madonna dell'Itria altarpiece kept in Paternò, Sicily...
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It is the relationship that makes the work exist. The all-inclusive exhibition at the Guadagnucci Museum in Massa

It is the relationship that makes the work exist. The all-inclusive exhibition at the Guadagnucci Museum in Massa

Nine contemporary artists, each with their own background and their own language and technique, from installation to sculpture, ceramics to video and even virtual reality, were invited to relate to the same museum space through their works, a...
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Rita Monaciliuni: "the future of audiovisual will be increasingly interactive"

Rita Monaciliuni: "the future of audiovisual will be increasingly interactive"

From July 20 to 24, a new edition of the Videocittà project, conceived by Anica President Francesco Rutelli with the artistic direction of Francesco Dobrovich, will be held in Rome: the aim of the festival is to bring the film and audiovis...
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Valentina Toscano: "Having managerial skills to manage art events is essential."

Valentina Toscano: "Having managerial skills to manage art events is essential."

Starting in 2022, the 24ORE Business School has been involved as a community partner in the Videocities 2022 project: an experiment conceived by Anica President Francesco Rutelli, with the artistic direction of Francesco Dobrovich, to be held Jul...
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The lady returns to Piacenza. Here is the Gustav Klimt exhibition at Ricci Oddi

The lady returns to Piacenza. Here is the Gustav Klimt exhibition at Ricci Oddi

If the protagonist of the major Roman exhibition dedicated to Gustav Klimt (Baumgarten, 1862 - Vienna, 1918), which was held until March 27, 2022 at the Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi, was undoubtedly Judith I from the Belvedere Museum in...
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Bride, a bewitching portrait of Pre-Raphaelite beauty

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Bride, a bewitching portrait of Pre-Raphaelite beauty

Like Dante Gabriel Rossetti 's The Bride (London, 1828 - Birchington-on-Sea, 1882), every bride on one of the most beautiful days of her life wants to be the protagonist, the center of attention; she wants to look the most beautiful, and so ...
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Josef Hoffmann, 20th century architect who brought design into everyday life

Josef Hoffmann, 20th century architect who brought design into everyday life

Atotal work of art: this was the basic principle on which the Wiener Werkstätte, an art movement founded in 1903 by architect Josef Hoffmann (Brtnice, 1870 - Vienna, 1956) and painter Koloman Moser with the collaboration of industrialis...
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Domenico Parodi, green artist in baroque Genoa: the exhibition at Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino

Domenico Parodi, green artist in baroque Genoa: the exhibition at Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino

It now appears as timely as ever, in my opinion, the exhibition that Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino in Genoa is dedicating to Domenico Parodi (Genoa, 1672 - 1742), a late Baroque artist (in fact, the exhibition is part of the larger Genoese proj...
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A café in the Folies-Bergère, the disorienting modern life of Édouard Manet

A café in the Folies-Bergère, the disorienting modern life of Édouard Manet

We know that Édouard Manet (Paris, 1832 - 1883), one of the fathers ofImpressionism, used to frequent the Folies-Bergère in Paris , an establishment still in operation that defined itself as a hybrid formula of café, concert ...
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Adolfo Wildt. Images of power

Adolfo Wildt. Images of power

Gothic and Baroque: that is how the style of Adolfo Wildt (Milan, 1868 - 1931) has been defined by leading critics contemporary with him. Indeed, standing before most of his masterpieces, the observer is certainly struck by the characteristic...
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Joaquín Sorolla's Light and the Sea in Milan. What the exhibition at the Royal Palace looks like

Joaquín Sorolla's Light and the Sea in Milan. What the exhibition at the Royal Palace looks like

The one that Palazzo Reale in Milan is dedicating to Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Valencia, 1863 - Cercedilla, 1923), a great Spanish painter who lived between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, famous above all for his scenes of m...
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Black music and a sense of community. This is what the Golden Lion-winning British Pavilion looks like.

Black music and a sense of community. This is what the Golden Lion-winning British Pavilion looks like.

The Pavilion of Great Britain is certainly one of the most visited pavilions at the Giardini of the Venice Biennale, along with perhaps neighboring France.The long queue that you usually have to face should not frighten you and above all shou...
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Baroque waves in western Liguria. Masterpieces on display at the Diocesan Museum in Albenga.

Baroque waves in western Liguria. Masterpieces on display at the Diocesan Museum in Albenga.

Until Nov. 13, 2022 at the Diocesan Museum of Albenga, the Oratory of the Madonna della Ripa in Pieve di Teco (Imperia) and other places scattered throughout the territory of the Diocese of Albenga-Imperia is running the exhibition Baroque Wa...
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Bia de' Medici: history of the Bronzino portrait that still enchants audiences

Bia de' Medici: history of the Bronzino portrait that still enchants audiences

There are not many official portraits of children in the history of art, and they are generally depicted alongside an adult, who could be either one of their parents or their guardian. Yet this little girl, centuries later, still fascinates a...
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The three women who founded New York's MoMA, the great museum of modern art

The three women who founded New York's MoMA, the great museum of modern art

The birth of New York's MoMA, considered one of the most important museums of modern art in the world and now located on Manhattan's 53rd Street, was due to the extraordinary vision and great insight of threelocal high society women: Abigail "Abby"...
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The Ideal City of Urbino: one of the mysteries of the early Renaissance

The Ideal City of Urbino: one of the mysteries of the early Renaissance

If the Danteum designed by the rationalist architects Pietro Lingeri and Giuseppe Terragni in the late 1930s at the suggestion of the then director of the Brera Academy and president of the Società Dantesca Italiana Rino Valdemeri, ap...
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Galileo Chini, modern painter between Art Nouveau and Symbolism. The exhibition in Florence

Galileo Chini, modern painter between Art Nouveau and Symbolism. The exhibition in Florence

From a privileged perspective for an evocative view of all of Florence, Villa Bardini reopened its doors to visitors after two years of closure due to the pandemic with a major exhibition dedicated to one of its most illustrious who knew ho...
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Samuel Bak, the artist of childhood lost in the Holocaust. And the museum dedicated to him

Samuel Bak, the artist of childhood lost in the Holocaust. And the museum dedicated to him

OnHolocaust Remembrance Day , it has been our desire, for some years now, to tell stories of Jewish artists who experienced racial hatred and the tragic experience of theHolocaust on their own skin, deportation to concentration camps and the ...
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Klimt and his special relationship with Italy. Here's what the exhibition in Rome looks like

Klimt and his special relationship with Italy. Here's what the exhibition in Rome looks like

If the art of Gustav Klimt (Baumgarten, 1862 - Vienna, 1918) fascinates you and you have not yet had the chance to visit the Belvedere Museum and the Klimt Foundation in Vienna, then the Roman exhibition in Palazzo Braschi dedicated to him, r...
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Giovanni Fattori, the exhibition in Turin, among soldiers and Maremma landscapes

Giovanni Fattori, the exhibition in Turin, among soldiers and Maremma landscapes

The fame of Giovanni Fattori (Leghorn, 1825 - Florence, 1908), a Leghorn artist with the rough character typical of the Tuscan Maremma, is mostly linked to those works that depict rural life, the peasant world of the butteri with their ever-p...
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Nativities in San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, two masterpieces saved after collapse

Nativities in San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, two masterpieces saved after collapse

August 30, 2018 the church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami in Rome, located in the vicinity of the Capitoline Hill, suffered serious damage: as a result of a roof collapse, the building's splendid seventeenth-century coffered roof fell in, being comp...
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What city is better suited than Pisa to host a Keith Haring exhibition?

What city is better suited than Pisa to host a Keith Haring exhibition?

Pisa is home to theonly public work in Italy by Keith Haring (Reading, 1958 - New York, 1990) designed to remain permanent, as well as the last of his career: Tuttomondo, the mural that the American considered among the artists to whom we ow...
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Carmela Adani, a sculptor of marble in early twentieth-century Emilia.

Carmela Adani, a sculptor of marble in early twentieth-century Emilia.

At a time when being a female artist was already somewhat complicated and unusual, given that the artistic scene was mostly dominated by the male gender, being an artist and a sculptor in particular meant being a white fly, a case apart that ...
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The Renaissance Factory in Vicenza: an exhibition with many new features. Interview with Mattia Vinco

The Renaissance Factory in Vicenza: an exhibition with many new features. Interview with Mattia Vinco

From December 11, 2021 to April 18, 2022, the exhibition La Fabbrica del Rinascimento. Creative Processes, Market, and Production in Vicenza, curated by Guido Beltramini (director of the Andrea Palladio International Center for the Study of Archite...
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Art as a means against authoritarianism. The story of Badiucao, dissident Chinese artist.

Art as a means against authoritarianism. The story of Badiucao, dissident Chinese artist.

After watching the underground documentary The Gate of Heavenly Peace, directed by Carma Hinton and Richard Gordo, about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, his life was never the same and he decided to make and share his art in protest. Thus...
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Sodom's only work in his hometown: the Holy Family in Vercelli

Sodom's only work in his hometown: the Holy Family in Vercelli

The only work by the Vercelli painter Giovanni Antonio Bazzi (Vercelli, 1477 - Siena, 1549), known as Sodoma, still present in his hometown is a Holy Family with Angel and St. John preserved at the Borgogna Museum, thanks to the purchase of t...
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Do you know what "redamare" means? Sabrina D'Alessandro's exhibition, which resurrects words

Do you know what "redamare" means? Sabrina D'Alessandro's exhibition, which resurrects words

Quite countertrend to the current world is the exhibition by Sabrina D'Alessandro, a Milanese artist and linguist who has made words her stylistic signature, set up on floor 0 of the CAMeC - Modern and Contemporary Art Center of La Spezia and...
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America was talked about in Italy 150 years before Columbus. Interview with Paolo Chiesa

America was talked about in Italy 150 years before Columbus. Interview with Paolo Chiesa

The American continent was known in the Mediterranean area as many as 150 years before Columbus: this was discovered a few weeks ago by a team from the State University of Milan, led by Professor Paolo Chiesa, professor of Middle Latin and hu...
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TikTok for museums, instructions for use. Expert Emma June Huebner speaks.

TikTok for museums, instructions for use. Expert Emma June Huebner speaks.

TikTok and museums: a hot topic. How are museums doing on the social network popular with younger people? What are the best practices? How should museums orient themselves to use TikTok to their advantage? We talked about this and more with E...
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A human poem. The Divine Comedy according to Aligi Sassu

A human poem. The Divine Comedy according to Aligi Sassu

Between 1981 and 1986 Aligi Sassu (Milan 1912 - Pollença 2000) made one hundred and thirteen acrylic panels (a selection of which has been brought to the exhibition at the Museo Civico delle Cappuccine in Bagnacavallo, until January 9, 2022)...
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"Museums don't abandon digital after pandemic." Interview with Marta Kopiniak

"Museums don't abandon digital after pandemic." Interview with Marta Kopiniak

After the initial pandemic period in which all museums jumped headlong into digital working by the day, there followed a time when content was better measured and planned. Now, however, with the return to openness in presence, the risk is that ...
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Three museums of different eras in one: the Leone Museum in Vercelli

Three museums of different eras in one: the Leone Museum in Vercelli

Not far from the ARCA museum center and the Angel Tower stands one of Vercelli's museum jewels: the Leone Museum. In fact, the museum brings together three buildings from three different eras, so visiting the venue on Via Giuseppe Verdi is ...
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The Italians who restored the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

The Italians who restored the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

If today we can see the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem lifted from decay, neglect and the ravages of time, it is thanks to an Italian company that has recovered this monument, one of the most important and most symbolic in all of C...
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MiArt, talks Nicola Ricciardi: "less galleries but more quality, less public but more attentive"

MiArt, talks Nicola Ricciardi: "less galleries but more quality, less public but more attentive"

How did this edition of MiArt go? It was not only edition number twenty-five of Milan's modern and contemporary art fair and the first led by new director Nicola Ricciardi, born in 1985, but also the first art fair in Europe to be held in atten...
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A submarine in Modena: Flavio Favelli's monumental mural work for festivalfilosophy 2021

A submarine in Modena: Flavio Favelli's monumental mural work for festivalfilosophy 2021

For the XXI edition of festivalfilosofia, held Sept. 17-19, 2021 between the cities of Modena, Carpi, and Sassuolo, artist Flavio Favelli (Florence, 1967) was invited by the Museo Civico di Modena to design a work on the theme of festivalfilosofia ...
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Egon Schiele in Vienna: masterpieces to learn about the artist's torment

Egon Schiele in Vienna: masterpieces to learn about the artist's torment

In early twentieth-century Vienna, Gustav Klimt (Baumgarten, 1862 - Vienna, 1918) was a protagonist as well as the founder of the Vienna Secession, that association of nineteen artists who wanted to break away from the Viennese academic trad...
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Ledro Land Art, the forest in Trentino where art meets nature

Ledro Land Art, the forest in Trentino where art meets nature

When art meets nature it is able to give life to enchanting places, such as Ledro Land Art: a widespread exhibition path in the middle of a forest that allows lovers of walks in the green to linger and admire contemporary art installations in...
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At the Vincenzo Vela Museum, a video installation pays homage to the Swiss artist. Interview with Adriano Kestenholz

At the Vincenzo Vela Museum, a video installation pays homage to the Swiss artist. Interview with Adriano Kestenholz

In celebration of its first birthday, the Mendrisiotto Art Museum Network, which includes the Vincenzo Vela Museum, the m.a.x. museo in Chiasso, the Mendrisio Art Museum, the Pinacoteca Cantonale Giovanni Züst in Rancate and the Arch...
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The place of dreams: the exhibition on Niki de Saint Phalle and the Tarot Garden in Capalbio

The place of dreams: the exhibition on Niki de Saint Phalle and the Tarot Garden in Capalbio

Among the summer and early autumn exhibitions, the one in Capalbio dedicated to Niki de Saint Phalle (Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1930 - La Jolla, 2002), the French-American artist who created near one of Italy's most beautiful villages, in the provin...
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Angelika Kauffmann, the story of a great artist and an emancipated woman

Angelika Kauffmann, the story of a great artist and an emancipated woman

Among the most modern and emancipated women of her time, Angelika Kauffmann (Chur, 1741 - Rome, 1807) was one of the most innovative and unconventional painters of the eighteenth century. In a world where it was very difficult for women to ga...
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Gian Maria Tosatti: "with my work I try to understand why democracy dies in our hands"

Gian Maria Tosatti: "with my work I try to understand why democracy dies in our hands"

Until July 25, 2021, Gian Maria Tosatti (Rome, 1980), one of the most interesting artists of his generation, is present in Istanbul with his project Kalbim Ayna Gibi BoÅŸ - Ä°stanbul Bölümü - מייַןהאַ×...
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Story of Emilie Flöge, Gustav Klimt's muse and successful entrepreneur

Story of Emilie Flöge, Gustav Klimt's muse and successful entrepreneur

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt (Baumgarten, 1862 - Vienna, 1918) is one of the most famous kisses in the history of international art: preserved in Vienna, in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, more precisely in the collections of the Upper ...
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Philippine Welser, story of the first woman to write a cookbook in the German area

Philippine Welser, story of the first woman to write a cookbook in the German area

Austrian cuisine, particularly Tyrolean cuisine, has ancient origins, from meat dishes to delicious desserts.A genuine cookbook that brings together more than two hundred recipes of the time dates back to 1543-1544. An ancient manuscript cook...
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Vercelli turrita: journey through the ancient towers of the Piedmontese city

Vercelli turrita: journey through the ancient towers of the Piedmontese city

As illustrated in theengraving depicting a view of Vercelli as a turreted city, in medieval times the city on the Sesia River was full of towers. A skyline that had nothing to envy San Gimignano. The engraving, published in Augsburg between 1...
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Giotto's work that Dante probably saw: the Badia Polyptych

Giotto's work that Dante probably saw: the Badia Polyptych

In his Florence, Dante Alighieri lived not far from the church of Badia, where one of the great protagonists of the painting scene contemporary to him, Giotto (Florence?, c. 1267 - Florence, 1337), had worked, and it was probably here, befor...
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"Pisa meets one of its greatest artists: Orazio Riminaldi." Interview with Pierluigi Carofano

"Pisa meets one of its greatest artists: Orazio Riminaldi." Interview with Pierluigi Carofano

From May 28 to September 5, 2021, the Palazzo dell'Opera in Pisa will host the first monographic exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest Pisan artists ever: Orazio Riminaldi (Pisa, 1593 - 1631). Entitled Orazio Riminaldi. A Pisan Master between...
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Paolo and Francesca in nineteenth-century art: from Dante's Commedia to painting

Paolo and Francesca in nineteenth-century art: from Dante's Commedia to painting

Among the cantos of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy , the fifth ofInferno, in which the story of Paolo and Francesca is told, is one of the most famous. After encountering Minos, a monster and infernal judge who twists his tail around his bod...
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Luca Lupi: "this is how in the midst of a pandemic my works made of light on paper were born"

Luca Lupi: "this is how in the midst of a pandemic my works made of light on paper were born"

Photographer Luca Lupi (Pontedera, 1970), known for his experimental landscape research, during his first confinement in the spring of 2020, unable to work in his usual places, developed a system for creating works made of light on paper, wh...
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Essentiality and suffering: the beauty of Diego Velázquez's Christ on the Cross.

Essentiality and suffering: the beauty of Diego Velázquez's Christ on the Cross.

Theessentiality with which the artist succeeded in conveying the solemnity of Christ's suffering on the cross, without the need to add to the composition additional elements that recall the Passion or elaborate background landscapes: this is ...
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TV series on Leonardo da Vinci: was it necessary to twist an already extraordinary life?

TV series on Leonardo da Vinci: was it necessary to twist an already extraordinary life?

Anticipation and curiosity led us, like thousands of other viewers, to follow the first two episodes of the TV series dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci: in fact, last night, the first episode (there are four in all, divided into eight episodes)...
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Lee Miller. Story of the photographer who bathed in Hitler's bathtub.

Lee Miller. Story of the photographer who bathed in Hitler's bathtub.

Free, determined and with a strong personality, Elizabeth (Lee) Miller (Poughkeepsie, New York, 1907 - Chiddingly, 1977) is one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, recently rediscovered by the general public through exhi...
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Paolo Maggis: "color is life and art is a miracle. That's why I make art."

Paolo Maggis: "color is life and art is a miracle. That's why I make art."

Paolo Maggis: "color is life and art is a miracle. That's why I make art."Born in Milan in 1978, Paolo Maggis is one of the most interesting Italian artists of his generation. He studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts between 1996 and 2000, then m...
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Intimacy, peace and majesty. Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.

Intimacy, peace and majesty. Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.

In a letter to Theo, Vincent van Gogh (Zundert, 1853 - Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890) wrote, dated June 18, 1889 from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, that he was working on a landscape with olive trees and "a new study of a starry sky." Indeed, the ce...
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Margaret of Austria: history of the duchess who founded the Farnese Palace in Piacenza

Margaret of Austria: history of the duchess who founded the Farnese Palace in Piacenza

Born out of an adulterous relationship of Charles V with Giovanna van der Gheynst, daughter of a tapestry maker in the Flemish town of Oudenaarde, Margaret of Austria (Oudernaaarde, 1522 - Ortona, 1586), future duchess of Parma and Piacenza...
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A Holocaust survivor turned artist: the story and works of Edith Birkin

A Holocaust survivor turned artist: the story and works of Edith Birkin

It is not easy to live as a survivor of concentration camps: when your eyes and mind are filled with tragedy, brutality and death, certain images will stay with you for the rest of your life, living in your memory even long afterwards. Of cou...
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Sara Piccinini, new Collezione Maramotti director: "We offer a slow time dedicated to art."

Sara Piccinini, new Collezione Maramotti director: "We offer a slow time dedicated to art."

Sara Piccinini, born in 1983, is the new director of Reggio Emilia's Collezione Maramotti, one of Italy's leading contemporary art collections, where works by the greatest artists from the mid-20th century to the present day stand out. Piccinin...
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The life of an extraordinary woman: Matilda of Canossa, her castles, her places

The life of an extraordinary woman: Matilda of Canossa, her castles, her places

It was January 28, 1077 , when Emperor Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII met at Canossa in the presence of Matilda of Canossa (Mantua, 1046 - Bondeno di Roncore, 1115): an episode that has remained in history as the greatest public repentance...
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An intimate and collected nativity: the Nativity of Federico Barocci

An intimate and collected nativity: the Nativity of Federico Barocci

The Nativity is one of the most widely represented themes in the history of art: there are hundreds of depictions of the birth of the Infant Jesus that follow the more traditional manger arrangements of the nativity scene or show scenes full ...
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Online Art Lessons from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: 'this is how we bring the Beautiful online'

Online Art Lessons from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: 'this is how we bring the Beautiful online'

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection has kicked off, starting November 23, 2020, two cycles of online art history lectures, on the Zoom platform, entitled Art is Life. Each lecture is dedicated to a particular pairing of art and other themes that ...
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Anna Zegna: "art, especially contemporary art, can move us and destabilize us"

Anna Zegna: "art, especially contemporary art, can move us and destabilize us"

In recent years, the collaboration between the Fondazione Zegna and the San Patrignano community has intensified under the banner of art: the Foundation has offered its collaboration as part of the San Patrignano Design Lab project, and the Foundatio...
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Benedetto Antelami's masterpieces on the facade of the Parma Baptistery: the zooforo and portals

Benedetto Antelami's masterpieces on the facade of the Parma Baptistery: the zooforo and portals

In the historic center of Parma stands near the cathedral one of the greatest artistic feats of Italy's 13th century, the Baptistery, whose exterior denotes a close link between sculpture and architecture, as only Benedetto Antelami (Val d'Intelv...
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From Guercino to medieval sculptural apparatus: the treasures of Piacenza Cathedral

From Guercino to medieval sculptural apparatus: the treasures of Piacenza Cathedral

Inevitable to remain at least for a few minutes with one's head upward to admire, once one has walked down the central nave of Piacenza Cathedral, the great octagonal dome wonderfully frescoed by Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Cento, 1591...
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Alice Pasquini: "I do street art because I'm looking for real art, in contact with people."

Alice Pasquini: "I do street art because I'm looking for real art, in contact with people."

Alice Pasquini, aka Alicè (Rome, 1980), is an internationally recognized street artist : her monumental works of urban art are scattered all over the world. The artist is the protagonist of Beyond the Wall: Art and Context, an online works...
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"Blue is one of the most fascinating and most beloved colors." Interview with Anna Orlando

"Blue is one of the most fascinating and most beloved colors." Interview with Anna Orlando

The multifaceted exhibition Autunno blu a Villa Croce, curated by Anna Orlando and Francesca Serrati, is on viewat the Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art in Genoa until January 17, 2021 . Five exhibitions, five exhibition projects, united by one ...
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Degas' The Dancer: the story of a crushed work and a shattered dream

Degas' The Dancer: the story of a crushed work and a shattered dream

It is one of the most photographed works by Edgar Degas (Paris, 1834 - 1917) in the world. In fact, there are twenty-six examples of the Petite danseuse of fourteen years old , the most famous ones kept at the Musée d'Orsay, the Nation...
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Lino Guanciale: "Culture gives references, and we need it more than before. But we need protections."

Lino Guanciale: "Culture gives references, and we need it more than before. But we need protections."

After extremely tribulated months, the performing arts sector restarted at the end of spring, albeit with many uncertainties and a great many difficulties. And the situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic has brought out more than ever the prec...
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Clarice Pecori Giraldi: "A heterogeneous and spontaneous collection: this is PART in Rimini"

Clarice Pecori Giraldi: "A heterogeneous and spontaneous collection: this is PART in Rimini"

A new museum opened in Rimini on September 24: it is PART - Palazzi dell'Arte, which was created through the redevelopment of two historic buildings in the Romagna city and houses the San Patrignano Foundation's large contemporary art collect...
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In Frida Kahlo's self-portraits all her troubled inner chaos.

In Frida Kahlo's self-portraits all her troubled inner chaos.

"Since my subjects have always been my sensations, my mental states and the profound reactions that life has been producing in me, I have frequently objectified all this in images of myself, which were the most sincere thing I could do to e...
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The unicorn in Renaissance art, from the Este family to Raphael and beyond

The unicorn in Renaissance art, from the Este family to Raphael and beyond

Among the most popular animals that have been populating the seas and beaches all over Italy for the past few years are definitely ... unicorns. You see them plying the waves (the smaller ones, not the big ones) with children on board, and even tho...
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Edward Hopper's landscapes: the vast spaces of America between melancholy and progress

Edward Hopper's landscapes: the vast spaces of America between melancholy and progress

Houses in the foreground with trees and vegetation in the background and all around, boundless hills with lighthouses, gas stations and deserted roads, railroads with sunsets on the horizon: the landscapes of Edward Hopper (Nyack, 1882 - Manhat...
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Mauro Staccioli's sculptures in Volterra: experiences that become art in the landscape

Mauro Staccioli's sculptures in Volterra: experiences that become art in the landscape

Driving through the countryside surrounding Volterra, the gaze is caught by large sculptures with geometric shapes totally immersed in the landscape: circles, ovals, triangles and lines stand out solitary among the green or barren lands, dependin...
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Like Magritte, but with a view of Florence: Jean-Michel Folon at the Rose Garden

Like Magritte, but with a view of Florence: Jean-Michel Folon at the Rose Garden

A Magrittian-inspired park in the Tuscan capital, just below Piazzale Michelangelo, the largest panoramic terrace from which the whole of Florence is overlooked. The Rose Garden (that's the name of the Florentine park) has the look of a real gar...
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Candlelight Nocturnes. The Caravaggism of Georges de La Tour. On display in Milan.

Candlelight Nocturnes. The Caravaggism of Georges de La Tour. On display in Milan.

One of the greatest artists of seventeenth-century France, Georges de La Tour (Vic-sur-Seille, 1593 - Lunéville, 1652), was rediscovered a full three centuries later, when in 1915 German art historian Hermann Voss attributed The Newborn in the...
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Naples, Sansevero Chapel and the Veiled Christ: an immersion in baroque splendor

Naples, Sansevero Chapel and the Veiled Christ: an immersion in baroque splendor

A total immersion in the splendor of Neapolitan Baroque in the heart of the Neapolitan city, this is how the experience could be defined by anyone who visits one of Naples' best-known monuments: the Sansevero Chapel. A place known to most as the cust...
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Pinocchio Park in Collodi. A path between sculptures and nature in the fairy tale of the most famous puppet

Pinocchio Park in Collodi. A path between sculptures and nature in the fairy tale of the most famous puppet

"Once upon a time... - A king! - my little readers will immediately say. No, kids, you got it wrong. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood." Everyone will know that this is the incipit of The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini (Flore...
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The Sacred Wood of Bomarzo, an initiatory journey through the wonders of the park of "monsters"

The Sacred Wood of Bomarzo, an initiatory journey through the wonders of the park of "monsters"

"Tu ch'entri qua pon mente parte a parte e dimmi poi se tante meraviglie sien fatte per inganno o pur per arte," sentences one sphinx, and the other: "Chi con ciglia inarcate et labra stretto non va per questo loco manco ammira le famose del mond...
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"In the crisis, the museum has invested in improving the dialogue with children." Andreina Contessa, director of Miramare Castle, speaks.

"In the crisis, the museum has invested in improving the dialogue with children." Andreina Contessa, director of Miramare Castle, speaks.

How is Trieste's Miramare Castle Historical Museum and Park dealing with the coronavirus health emergency and how do they plan to work when it ends? During the restrictive measures, investment in digital and activities for children and youth, a...
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Balcony art in the 19th century, from Francisco Goya to Umberto Boccioni

Balcony art in the 19th century, from Francisco Goya to Umberto Boccioni

Standingon the balcony to overlook the world or to talk with people with whom we wish to interject to exchange ideas and pass the time: whether we scan the horizon alone in silence or gather in the company of our loved ones, the balcony is a pla...
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All non-Western and non-European objects in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

All non-Western and non-European objects in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

The year was 1959 and ten years had already passed since the famous American collector Peggy Guggenheim (New York, 1898 - Camposampiero, 1979) had moved permanently to Venice, to the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni: starting that year, Peggy began to acquir...
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The story of Otto Freundlich, the "degenerate" artist who dreamed of one race and died in the Majdanek concentration camp

The story of Otto Freundlich, the "degenerate" artist who dreamed of one race and died in the Majdanek concentration camp

The Jewish origins of the German artist Otto Freundlich (Słupsk, 1878 - Majdanek, 1943) constituted in itself a cause for condemnation and persecution by the Nazi regime, but his ideas totally opposed to the regime gave further cause....
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"Ulysses is the father of us all." Interview with Francesco Leone, curator of the Ulysses exhibition in Forli.

"Ulysses is the father of us all." Interview with Francesco Leone, curator of the Ulysses exhibition in Forli.

From February 15 to June 21, 2020, the San Domenico Museums in Forli will host a major exhibition dedicated to the figure of Ulysses: with works from antiquity to the present day, the exhibition, entitled Ulysses. Art and Myth and curated by Fernan...
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Modigliani in Livorno: exhibition more on Montparnasse artists, but it's a good centennial tribute

Modigliani in Livorno: exhibition more on Montparnasse artists, but it's a good centennial tribute

In a two-year period in which numerous celebrations have been organized all over Italy for the five-hundredth anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci 's death and just as many are expected in 2020 to commemorate the five-hundredth anniversary of Raphael...
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Dürer, a great visionary fatally attracted to Italian art. Interview with Diego Galizzi and Patrizia Foglia

Dürer, a great visionary fatally attracted to Italian art. Interview with Diego Galizzi and Patrizia Foglia

UntilJanuary 19, 2020, the Museo Civico delle Cappuccine in Bagnacavallo (Ravenna) is hosting the exhibition Albrecht Dürer. The Privilege of Disquiet, an exhibition that explores, with one hundred and twenty works, the production of the great...
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The compelling story of Albrecht Dürer's Madonna of the Patronage, the marvelous panel from Bagnacavallo

The compelling story of Albrecht Dürer's Madonna of the Patronage, the marvelous panel from Bagnacavallo

In the choir of the Monastery of the Capuchin nuns of Bagnacavallo a small Madonna and Child of the highest quality was jealously guarded until 1969: the nuns kept it wrapped in a blanket and protected in a dowry case; those who wished to admire it c...
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Immersing yourself in a Nativity scene: the Mannerist Nativity by Federico Brandani in Urbino

Immersing yourself in a Nativity scene: the Mannerist Nativity by Federico Brandani in Urbino

It was October when I had the opportunity to admire for the first time live, in Urbino, the nativity scene by Federico Brandani (Urbino, c. 1520 - 1575) in theOratory of San Giuseppe; the nativity scene is usually associated with the Christmas season...
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From Grand Hotel to Amarcord, here is the Rimini of Federico Fellini. With the memory of his granddaughter Francesca

From Grand Hotel to Amarcord, here is the Rimini of Federico Fellini. With the memory of his granddaughter Francesca

"Every time I happen to go to the Grand Hotel, for some event or interview, where I tell about Uncle Federico, it seems to me that he never left and that if I look closely, there in the lobby on the sofa in front of the window, I can see him 'scribbl...
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When a great Venetian vedutista traveled to Tuscany. Bernardo Bellotto in Lucca

When a great Venetian vedutista traveled to Tuscany. Bernardo Bellotto in Lucca

It must not have been easy to be the nephew of Antonio Canal, better known as il Canaletto (Venice, 1697 - 1768), one of the greatest Venetian vedutisti, who immortalized landscapes of the lagoon on canvas; however, Bernardo Bellotto (Venice, 1722 - ...
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Refinement, beauty and myth: Domenichino's Sibilla Cumana

Refinement, beauty and myth: Domenichino's Sibilla Cumana

A young woman turns her gaze upward and from her half-open mouth seems to emit a sound, a song; her sweet, delicate face has the rosy tones of childhood. Her straight blond hair is gathered and wrapped in a soft luxurious turban, as sumptuous a...
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"Rereading the 1920s through art to understand the present." Curators of "Twenties in Italy" speak.

"Rereading the 1920s through art to understand the present." Curators of "Twenties in Italy" speak.

From October 5, 2019 to March 1, 2020, Palazzo Ducale in Genoa is hosting the exhibition Anni Venti in Italia, curated by Matteo Fochessati and Gianni Franzone: the exhibition aims to restore, with a wide selection of illustrative works, the atmo...
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Giulio Romano, Correggio, Bonsignori: an extraordinary return. The exhibition on the sixteenth century in Polirone

Giulio Romano, Correggio, Bonsignori: an extraordinary return. The exhibition on the sixteenth century in Polirone

Catching the eye in the Great Refectory of the San Benedetto Po monastic complex is undoubtedly the Last Supper by Girolamo Bonsignori (Verona, 1472 - Mantua, 1529), a monumental work that returned after more than two centuries to its original lo...
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Who is the mysterious gentlewoman depicted in Correggio's only known female portrait?

Who is the mysterious gentlewoman depicted in Correggio's only known female portrait?

That she is a young woman of high rank is clearly discernible from the refined elegance with which she is dressed, the long necklace she is wearing and the jewel with a stone placed on her head, as well as theelaborate hairstyle she wears, but ...
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Ilaria Gianni: "Young artists need to focus on study, dialogue, building consistent research"

Ilaria Gianni: "Young artists need to focus on study, dialogue, building consistent research"

The 26th edition of Artissima, taking place at the Turin Oval from October 31 to November 3, 2019, will for the nineteenth consecutive year present to the public the Present Futuresection , dedicated to emerging talents on the international art s...
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Lorenzo Giusti: "Forty years in the twentieth century is like four centuries in previous eras."

Lorenzo Giusti: "Forty years in the twentieth century is like four centuries in previous eras."

As part of the 2019 edition of Artissima, the Back to the future section, dedicated to rediscovering the pioneers of contemporary art, is turning 10. For its tenth anniversary, Back to the future will focus on the period 1960-1999, presenting mon...
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Peggy Guggenheim, the last dogaressa of Venice. Here is how her collection came into being and what her interests were

Peggy Guggenheim, the last dogaressa of Venice. Here is how her collection came into being and what her interests were

"It has always been taken for granted that Venice is the ideal city for a honeymoon, but this is a serious mistake. To come to Venice, or simply to visit it, is to fall in love with it, and in the heart there is no room left for anything else," so re...
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Young Francesco Guzzetti, scholar of Arte Povera: "This is how I study Italian art in the United States."

Young Francesco Guzzetti, scholar of Arte Povera: "This is how I study Italian art in the United States."

Francesco Guzzetti, born in Lecco, Italy, in 1988, is a young Italian scholar who has been undertaking in-depth and original research on Arte Povera for some time. After receiving his doctorate from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, he moved ...
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Pre-Raphaelites in Milan, knockout exhibition with block works from Tate: no news

Pre-Raphaelites in Milan, knockout exhibition with block works from Tate: no news

When last May Palazzo Reale in Milan announced its collaboration with London's Tate Britain to mount an exhibition entirely dedicated to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Pre-Raphaelites. Love and Desire, great curiosity was created around the exhib...
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Stefano Bardini, the "prince of the antiquaries" who gave Florence its... universe

Stefano Bardini, the "prince of the antiquaries" who gave Florence its... universe

Florentineantiquarian, collector, and Italian historian Alberto Bruschi (Florence, 1944) defined in 1993 within the book Epoca the famous art collector Stefano Bardini (Pieve Santo Stefano, 1836 - Florence, 1922), the one who in the 1880s deci...
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"Peggy Guggenheim: a kind, open and simple woman." Speaks Živa Kraus, artist, gallerist and Peggy's collaborator

"Peggy Guggenheim: a kind, open and simple woman." Speaks Živa Kraus, artist, gallerist and Peggy's collaborator

Živa Kraus (Zagreb, 1945), a Croatian artist and gallery owner who moved to Italy at a young age, was a longtime assistant to the great U.S. collector Peggy Guggenheim. She met her in Venice in the 1960s, and in 1973, after her move to the...
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The Civic Museums of Monza: a trip to the Casa degli Umiliati, home of the city's important picture gallery

The Civic Museums of Monza: a trip to the Casa degli Umiliati, home of the city's important picture gallery

In the historic center of Monza, the historic Casa degli Umiliati now houses the city's Civic Museums, but at one time in the Middle Ages, the Umiliati, or those who belonged to themedieval order that advocated a model of life devoted tosobriety ...
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Rosary worship in art: how a famous iconography spread

Rosary worship in art: how a famous iconography spread

The Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompeii contains a clear example of a work that, while not having great artistic value, is one of the most revered in Italy because it has taken on a very strong symbolic meaning: the Madonna of t...
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The splendors of ancient and early Christian Aquileia between the Basilica and museums

The splendors of ancient and early Christian Aquileia between the Basilica and museums

The history of the city of Aquileia is rooted in the distant past, going back 2200 years: its foundation dates back toRoman times, and fortunately there are traces of this in numerous archaeological remains found in its territory. Thanks toarchaeolog...
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Padua, here's the 'other' Scrovegni chapel. New findings on Giotto, talks scholar Giacomo Guazzini

Padua, here's the 'other' Scrovegni chapel. New findings on Giotto, talks scholar Giacomo Guazzini

Young art historian Giacomo Guazzini, born in 1984, has authored an important discovery regarding Giotto's (Florence?, c. 1267 - Florence, 1337) activity in Padua, and in particular his presence in the Basilica of St. Anthony. Giotto, in fact, work...
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A marriage of art, sea and ships: the Monfalcone Shipbuilding Museum

A marriage of art, sea and ships: the Monfalcone Shipbuilding Museum

The Viennese-born painter Vito Timmel (Vienna, 1886 - Trieste, 1949), but a Triestine by adoption, since he moved there with his family at a very young age, bequeathed as many as thirteen canvases to the Euripides Theater in Panzano, a district ...
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Miroglyphics: the fantastic world of Joan Miró as a language to learn to read

Miroglyphics: the fantastic world of Joan Miró as a language to learn to read

The celebrated French writer and poet Raymond Queneau (Le Havre, 1903 - Paris, 1976) coined in 1949, in his essay Joan Miró ou le poète préhistorique, a new term to refer to the pictorial works of the Catalan artist Joan Mir&oacu...
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Vilhelm Hammershøi, the painter of silence who anticipated Edward Hopper

Vilhelm Hammershøi, the painter of silence who anticipated Edward Hopper

A recurring cipher of Danish painter VilhelmHammershøi (Copenhagen, 1864 - 1916) is the depiction of a woman alone, often from the back or in profile, immersed in the silence of gray-toned interiors. It is no coincidence that the artist ha...
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"This is how the Etruscans made their splendid vases." Interview with Roberto Paolini, a young ceramicist from Cerveteri

"This is how the Etruscans made their splendid vases." Interview with Roberto Paolini, a young ceramicist from Cerveteri

Roberto Paolini is a young ceramist (born 1986) from Cerveteri, one of the main cities of the Etruscan dodecapolis. Always passionate about Etruscan art, which given his origins he has been able to know, study and love since childhood, Roberto ap...
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Antonio Fontanesi, the last romantic. And his legacy from Pellizza da Volpedo to Burri

Antonio Fontanesi, the last romantic. And his legacy from Pellizza da Volpedo to Burri

An artist endowed with a strong painterly, at times poetic, sensibility, Antonio Fontanesi (Reggio Emilia, 1818 - Turin, 1882) spent the last years of his life in total discouragement, following thenegative outcome, or rather, a real rejection he suf...
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Gustav Klimt's two "Italian" paintings, "The Three Ages of Woman" and "Judith II"

Gustav Klimt's two "Italian" paintings, "The Three Ages of Woman" and "Judith II"

Women were depicted by Gustav Klimt (Baumgarten, 1862 - Vienna, 1918) in most of his paintings, being exalted now for their sensuality, now for their pride. The female body, far from hidden, becomes a symbol of seduction and maternal gentleness,...
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Ingres at the Royal Palace, an exhibition highlighting the modernity of French neoclassicism

Ingres at the Royal Palace, an exhibition highlighting the modernity of French neoclassicism

It comes with an innovative thrust, right from its first room, the exhibition dedicated to Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (Montauban, 1780 - Paris, 1867), set up in Milan, at the Palazzo Reale, and open until June 23, 2019. The exhibition's intentio...
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Feminine beauty and elegance in dress: Giovanni Boldini and fashion on display in Ferrara

Feminine beauty and elegance in dress: Giovanni Boldini and fashion on display in Ferrara

Women's fascination with fashion, it is known, is irresistible: today, as in the past, designers dictate the new trends in glamour and fashion, enticing the fairer sex to own what is featured in the most eye-catching fashion magazines. While t...
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Trieste, the Castle of Miramare. The fascinating story of a dream

Trieste, the Castle of Miramare. The fascinating story of a dream

"O Miramare, to your white towers / attediate for the rainy sky / gloomy with flight of sinister birds / come the clouds. / O Miramare, against your granites / gray from the grim pelagus rising / with a rumbling of cruel souls / beat the waves. / Mes...
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Palma il Giovane's frescoes at the Oratorio dei Crociferi, a little-known jewel in the heart of Venice

Palma il Giovane's frescoes at the Oratorio dei Crociferi, a little-known jewel in the heart of Venice

Telling a place, its history, its function and its inhabitants through art: a task certainly not foreign to so many pictorial cycles we find around Italy, but which in Venice, in a particular setting and period, constituted an example that could ...
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Horizons of water in the paintings and ceramics of Galileo Chini

Horizons of water in the paintings and ceramics of Galileo Chini

Have the decorative arts always played a lesser role than the fine arts in the course of art history? To answer this question, consider the general reform movement that developed in Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century: this aimed to...
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When Claude Monet painted in Liguria. The views of the Ponente by the father of Impressionism.

When Claude Monet painted in Liguria. The views of the Ponente by the father of Impressionism.

"Today I worked even more: five canvases, and tomorrow I plan to start a sixth; we are doing quite well, then, although everything is very difficult for me to do. These palm trees give me hell, and then the motifs are extremely difficult to repro...
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Malta's new MUŻA, a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan museum. Interview with curator Sandro Debono

Malta's new MUŻA, a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan museum. Interview with curator Sandro Debono

On December 15, 2018, the new MUŻA (MUŻew Nazzjonali tal-Arti), Malta's National Museum (official website here), opened on the occasion of the Maltese capital Valletta's year as European Capital of Culture. More than 20,000 ...
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A brief survey of the iconography of the poet Virgil in the history of painting

A brief survey of the iconography of the poet Virgil in the history of painting

In the biography dedicated to Virgil (Andes, 70 BC - Brindisi, 19 BC), the rhetorician Aelius Donatus describes the Latin poet as being "of large build and height, of swarthy complexion and rough features": this is the most extensive biography of...
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The woman whose soul Leonardo da Vinci did not want to capture: la Belle Ferronnière

The woman whose soul Leonardo da Vinci did not want to capture: la Belle Ferronnière

WithRenaissance Humanism came a renewed interest in antiquity and the spread of a culture that took its cue from the discoveries made through the numerous translations of Greek and Latin texts. The acquisition of the new knowledge relating to var...
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Marc Chagall, the "White Crucifixion": a cry, still relevant today, against Nazi madness (and all extremism)

Marc Chagall, the "White Crucifixion": a cry, still relevant today, against Nazi madness (and all extremism)

"They never understood who this Jesus really was. One of our most loving rabbis who always came to the aid of the needy and persecuted. They attributed too many ruler's insignia to him. He was considered a preacher with strong rules. To me he ...
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Edward Burne-Jones's Sleeping Beauty, between suggestions from the Italian Renaissance and fairy tale readings

Edward Burne-Jones's Sleeping Beauty, between suggestions from the Italian Renaissance and fairy tale readings

When we think ofPre-Raphaelite art, our mind flies to the sensual women of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (London, 1828 - Birchington-on-Sea, 1882) and the myths and legends imprinted on canvas by Edward Burne-Jones (Birmingham, 1833 - London, 1898), but i...
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Why see "Van Gogh. On the Threshold of Eternity": a film to understand the painter's extraordinary inner strength

Why see "Van Gogh. On the Threshold of Eternity": a film to understand the painter's extraordinary inner strength

"This film is not a biography, but my version of the story. It is a film about painting and a painter and their relationship," said director Julian Schnabel at the 75th Venice Film Festival, where Van Gogh premiered. On the Threshold of Eternity. I...
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Did you know that Andy Warhol loved Christmas so much? Here's why, and here are his Christmas-themed works

Did you know that Andy Warhol loved Christmas so much? Here's why, and here are his Christmas-themed works

Did artists love Christmas? Well, if one thinks of the countless number of works that have to do with the celebrations of the birth of the Child Jesus, such as the Nativity, the Adorations of the Shepherds, and the Adorations of the Magi, one might...
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The Leicester Codex and studies of Leonardo da Vinci in a major research effort at the Uffizi

The Leicester Codex and studies of Leonardo da Vinci in a major research effort at the Uffizi

The return to Florence of the Leicester Codex by Leonardo da Vinci (Anchiano, 1452 - Amboise, 1519), thirty-six years after the 1982 Florentine exhibition that displayed the great genius' precious manuscript folios, is not intended to be, as Uffizi G...
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A Frenchman in Eighteenth-Century Genoa. Hyacinthe Rigaud's magnificent portraits in Genoa's collections.

A Frenchman in Eighteenth-Century Genoa. Hyacinthe Rigaud's magnificent portraits in Genoa's collections.

Jacint Rigau-Ros i Serra (Perpignan, 1659 - Paris, 1743), a name that one would say had little connection with French territory: yet, he depicted its leading members of the nobility, as well as members of the court. Indeed, representatives of the s...
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The young Tintoretto, from his beginnings to the spectacular Miracle of the Slave

The young Tintoretto, from his beginnings to the spectacular Miracle of the Slave

"Being much inclined by nature to drawing, he gave himself with great diligence to draw all good things at Vinegia, and made great study over the statues representing Mars, and Neptune by Jacopo Sansovino, and afterwards took for principal master t...
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Discovering unknown worlds with travelers of the past: wonderful adventures through books in Modena

Discovering unknown worlds with travelers of the past: wonderful adventures through books in Modena

In a present teeming with avowed travelers who cross the world from north to south, east to west (and beyond...) with such ease and mind-boggling speed that even the greatest travelers of all time would have their heads spinning, in Modena, in th...
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"I know my country, I paint it": Gustave Courbet and nature

"I know my country, I paint it": Gustave Courbet and nature

He is seen proud and self-confident, looking toward the viewer in an almost haughty attitude, in the company of his faithful dog, a black spaniel. It is Gustave Courbet (Ornans, 1819 - La Tour-de-Peilz, 1877) himself who is seated in the foregr...
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A poet and a countess in Venice: the love story between George Gordon Lord Byron and Teresa Gamba Guiccioli

A poet and a countess in Venice: the love story between George Gordon Lord Byron and Teresa Gamba Guiccioli

They first met in Venice in the spring of 1819 in the drawing room of Countess Benzoni, one of the ladies who very often held receptions or simple "conversations" in her wealthy residence, and who was known at the time as the "Biondina in gondole...
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From naturalistic studies to composite heads, Arcimboldi's art between Milan and Vienna

From naturalistic studies to composite heads, Arcimboldi's art between Milan and Vienna

We are in Milan at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries. The duchy of Ludovico Sforza known as the Moor (Vigevano, 1452 - Loches, 1508) marked the city's most culturally and artistically flourishing period, which saw in its territories the com...
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Vivian Maier as never seen before. In Castelnuovo Magra, the unpublished photos on display.

Vivian Maier as never seen before. In Castelnuovo Magra, the unpublished photos on display.

As has been customary for a few years now, the Tower of the Castle of the Bishops of Luni in Castelnuovo Magra is also reserving for its visitors an exhibition dedicated to photography for 2018: in fact, in 2015 the six-story tower hosted a photograp...
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Hermitage cats, the faithful and friendly guardians of the museum since the time of Peter the Great

Hermitage cats, the faithful and friendly guardians of the museum since the time of Peter the Great

"Caution, crossing cats!" a bizarre and unusual sign even if one were to find it along the roadway of a highway or bypass. However, the triangle indicating danger depicting a stylized black cat cautiously crossing crosswalks is found in one of th...
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From Monet to Chagall, Van Gogh to Kandinsky: how collecting was done in the US in the early 1900s. The exhibition in Milan

From Monet to Chagall, Van Gogh to Kandinsky: how collecting was done in the US in the early 1900s. The exhibition in Milan

The approach with which U.S. curators Jennifer Thompson and Matthew Affron planned to organize the exhibition Impressionism and the Avant-Garde. Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art set up at the Palazzo Reale in Milan and which will b...
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How from a critique was born Impressionism: Monet's Impression, soleil levant

How from a critique was born Impressionism: Monet's Impression, soleil levant

It can happen that a painting is the spark that starts a real artistic movement, one of the most beloved by the general public today: this is what happened to Impression, soleil levant, a work created by the famous Claude Monet (Paris, 1840 Giverny...
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Nicola Samorì: Trying to capture image fatigue in museums. Exclusive interview

Nicola Samorì: Trying to capture image fatigue in museums. Exclusive interview

Nicola Samorì (Forlì, 1977) is one of the most interesting and celebrated contemporary Italian artists. Known for his paintings that recall the aesthetics of the seventeenth century, Samorì investigates the action of time, our relationship...
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Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith: a reinterpretation of the theme in the art-historical context of the early 17th century

Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith: a reinterpretation of the theme in the art-historical context of the early 17th century

In the collective imagination, the gory depiction of certain scenes in the works of Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome, 1593 Naples, 1653) can be traced back to an episode in the artist's life: the assault and rape by Agostino Tassi (Rome, 1578 1644). T...
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Is it right to display live animals in museums or exhibitions?

Is it right to display live animals in museums or exhibitions?

OnTuesday ,Apollo Magazine, one of the most influential international art publications, launched a discussion: should museums display artwork that uses live animals? Answers to the question were given by Victoria Daley, a Los Angeles-based writer...
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Lopera must not occupy space: it must reformulate it. Interview with Federico Fusj

Lopera must not occupy space: it must reformulate it. Interview with Federico Fusj

Federico Fusj (Siena, 1967) is an eclectic contemporary artist, an experimenter constantly searching for new possibilities and new languages to merge even seemingly distant artistic experiences. For example, his is the idea of a "radio art," whic...
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The moving painting of the humble. Giuseppe Mentessi on display in his Ferrara

The moving painting of the humble. Giuseppe Mentessi on display in his Ferrara

In Ferrara at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Giuseppe Mentessi (Ferrara, 1857 Milan, 1931) drew and painted, an artist defined by Vittorio Pica as an artist of feeling, because he made almost each of his works a hymn to love, pain, and pi...
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Ascent to Pordenone: admire the Sistine Chapel of the great Friulian painter at altitude

Ascent to Pordenone: admire the Sistine Chapel of the great Friulian painter at altitude

Our Lady of the Countryside is the Vatican or rather Pordenone's Sistine Chapel: so claimed François Rio, a French writer and art critic active in the 19th century and author of De l'art chrétien (1841). Rio was referring to the basilica of San...
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The Rosso di Montelupo, a masterpiece of a centuries-old ceramic tradition

The Rosso di Montelupo, a masterpiece of a centuries-old ceramic tradition

When art is linked to its territory, it creates a series of connections that range from culture toeconomics, from history to the everyday life of an entire population; it becomes itself a testimony to a past that must be studied and deepened in order...
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A love that will last for eternity: Raphael and the Fornarina

A love that will last for eternity: Raphael and the Fornarina

Throughout the ages the subject of the feeling of love has been deified, spiritualized, desired and sometimes even possessed; love has been the source of sighs, torments, joys and passions. For all that, it has always been the inspiration of writ...
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Gerrit van Honthorst's wonderful nocturnal nativities preserved in the Uffizi.

Gerrit van Honthorst's wonderful nocturnal nativities preserved in the Uffizi.

Among the most beautiful Nativities in the history of art is the Adorationof the Child by Gerrit van Honthorst (Utrecht, 1592 1656), also known in Italy as Gherardo delle Notti, for his penchant for painting touching and evocative nocturnal scenes....
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Série Noire: an interview with Jacqueline de Jong, by Juliette Desorgues

Série Noire: an interview with Jacqueline de Jong, by Juliette Desorgues

This interview with Jacqueline de Jong (Hengelo, 1939), one of the most important contemporary female artists (she was part of the Situationist International publishing the magazine "The Situationis Times," collaborated with the CoBrA group and f...
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Giuseppe Diotti, early Lombard painter between Neoclassical and Romantic on display in his house-museum

Giuseppe Diotti, early Lombard painter between Neoclassical and Romantic on display in his house-museum

It is not easy to find an exhibition set up in the same place where the artist lived and created part of his works: this is a strong point for the review that Casalmaggiore, a small town not far from Cremona, is dedicating until January 28 to one o...
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Caravaggio exhibition in Milan, amid some new discoveries and parades of masterpieces

Caravaggio exhibition in Milan, amid some new discoveries and parades of masterpieces

Announced as one of this year's event-exhibitions and even sold out even before the official opening on September 29, with more than sixty thousand tickets sold (and sold out in advance), the visit to the exhibition Dentro Caravaggio, which Palaz...
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Drawing as an invitation to collecting: interview with João Mourão and Luís Silva

Drawing as an invitation to collecting: interview with João Mourão and Luís Silva

One of the great novelties of the 2017 edition of Artissima, the major contemporary art fair that this year will take place, for the 24th time, in Turin, November 3 to 5 at the Oval Lingotto Fiere, is the Drawings section, entirely dedicated to this ...
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Bruce Chatwin photographer: an exhibition in Castelnuovo Magra to learn about him

Bruce Chatwin photographer: an exhibition in Castelnuovo Magra to learn about him

When one thinks of Bruce Chatwin, his novels immediately spring to mind, particularly the celebrated In Patagonia, his debut novel written in 1977, in which the author narrates the long journey he made three years earlier to Patagonia itself, through...
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Robert Doisneau, the photographer of the imperfection of everyday life on display in Lucca

Robert Doisneau, the photographer of the imperfection of everyday life on display in Lucca

Often life seems routine, boring, predictable to us, but sometimes it hides moments that, if caught at the right moment, make the everyday seem more unusual. Hustle and bustle, distraction, not knowing how to observe accurately cause these moments to...
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The world has not been the same since Rothko

The world has not been the same since Rothko

The article you are about to read was written by Emma Rodríguez, a Spanish cultural journalist and contributor to newspapers such as El Mundo, El País, Turia and others, as well as the editor of "Lecturas Sumergidas," an online magazine fro...
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Let's hurry to save central Italy and its treasures from oblivion

Let's hurry to save central Italy and its treasures from oblivion

When the earth shakes, it leaves indelible marks on people and places: the terror of reliving those tragic moments, during which the sense of helplessness predominates and the despair over the loss of what is part of affection and everyday life is al...
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Life or Theater? The tragic and touching autobiography of Charlotte Salomon, who died at age 26 in Auschwitz

Life or Theater? The tragic and touching autobiography of Charlotte Salomon, who died at age 26 in Auschwitz

An exhibition that already appears at first glance to be different from the others, the one dedicated to Charlotte Salomon (Berlin, 1917 - Auschwitz, 1943) that will be hosted until June 25, 2017 at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. Different because it is...
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Brazil as told by Candido Portinari in exhibition at Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona

Brazil as told by Candido Portinari in exhibition at Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona

A large canvas takes up almost an entire wall: dark colors, which dominate the painting, provide a backdrop for people whose faces are not highlighted, as if to signify the equality and parity between them. The people represent the only point of ligh...
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Marilyn Monroe and art

Marilyn Monroe and art

Monica Bowen, art historian and teacher, dedicated an article on her blog Alberti's Window to the relationship Marilyn Monroe had with art. You can read it in Ilaria's translation here. Here is the original link. Those who follow my blog may have no...
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A novel by André Breton, Nadja

A novel by André Breton, Nadja

Original article: Una novela de André Breton, by Javier Memba (Spanish writer and journalist), published in Descubrir el Arte Nadja by André Breton is the anti-romance in which the major themes of Surrealism are synthesized. It tells of the ...
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Breakfast in fur: the surrealist teacup that shook the art world

Breakfast in fur: the surrealist teacup that shook the art world

Have you ever heard of Meret Oppenheim and her surrealist teacup? Nina Martyris told the story of this particular work in this article and Ilaria translated it for you! Here is the link to the original. The art world is celebrating a century since...
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The Medici: little true history and much fiction, but the series works

The Medici: little true history and much fiction, but the series works

After a repeated and insistent airing of the official trailer, Tuesday, October 18 saw the broadcast on Rai 1 of the highly anticipated first episode of the TV series I Medici, the drama dedicated to the Signoria that made Florence the Italian Renais...
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Tracey Emin, the controversial artist who showed the names of all the people she slept with

Tracey Emin, the controversial artist who showed the names of all the people she slept with

Are you familiar with contemporary artist Tracey Emin? If not, read this Cultura Colectiva article written by Julieta Sanguino and translated by our Ilaria. Then tell us what you think ;) His work consisted of a camping tent full of names. All the...
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The Victorian hedonism of Lawrence Alma-Tadema

The Victorian hedonism of Lawrence Alma-Tadema

In this new Descubrir el Arte article written by Natalia de Val Navares and translated by Ilaria, we review the biography and artistic career of Lawrence Alma-Tadema. So to learn more about this artist, do not hesitate to read the article! ;) ...
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Waiting for the likes: living the post-internet era in art

Waiting for the likes: living the post-internet era in art

In this article published in ArteInformado, Sara Valverde investigates the origins of the term post-internet and how it began to influence the world of artists working primarily with the net by evolving so-called Net art. Ilaria has translated it for...
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Salvador Dalí's unknown diaries to delve into the surrealist world

Salvador Dalí's unknown diaries to delve into the surrealist world

In this Cultura Colectiva article, Alejandro López recounts a recently discovered aspect of Salvador Dalí's art: the artist kept a personal diary for five years. To let you find out what it is all about, Ilaria has translated this interesti...
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Hokusai's images of the floating world.

Hokusai's images of the floating world.

Are you familiar with Hokusai's The Great Wave? In this article written by Paola Vázquez and published on the Mexican blog Cultura Colectiva, this very famous work is explored in depth by resorting to Zen philosophy. If you are curious, read the a...
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Tina Modotti, between art and struggle

Tina Modotti, between art and struggle

In this article published in Descubrir el Arte, Sara Valverde traced the biography of Tina Modotti, photographer and political activist. Ilaria has translated it for you! ;) Here is the link to the original. Like many other women who were par...
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Charlotte Salomon: the Jewess who took refuge in art

Charlotte Salomon: the Jewess who took refuge in art

Today's watchword is TO NOT FORGET. But, in essence, what must we not forget? It could probably be defined with one word: evil. The evil of wars, the evil of racism, the evil of persecution of innocent people, the evil committed out of fervent co...
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Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso: Detroit portraits compared

Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso: Detroit portraits compared

If we were to imagine standing next to great artists such as Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso and being able to ask them in what way they were preparing to paint a portrait, we would surely get rather different, if not even antithetical, consideratio...
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The alchemist's desire: health and beauty recipes by Caterina Sforza

The alchemist's desire: health and beauty recipes by Caterina Sforza

Did you know that Caterina Sforza collected health and beauty recipes? Meredith Ray, a professor at the University of Delaware, talks about it in her article published on the Recipes Project site, and Ilaria has translated it for you!Here is the link...
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Great artists portray themselves

Great artists portray themselves

What did it mean for great artists to make a portrait of themselves? Find out in this article published in Cultura Colectiva and written by Mariana Aguilar Tiquet. Ilaria has translated it just for you! Here is the link to the original. If we were...
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A piece by Khaled Asaad: the construction materials of Palmyra

A piece by Khaled Asaad: the construction materials of Palmyra

When, last August 21, we had proposed our article to pay tribute to the memory of Khaled Asaad, the archaeologist who had been the director of the Palmyra excavations and who just in August was barbarically murdered by Isis, we had left off promising...
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Urbino travelogue: us in the Ducal Palace, and the rain outside

Urbino travelogue: us in the Ducal Palace, and the rain outside

Urbino has always been among our destinations to visit, and we took the opportunity just a few days ago, since we were in its vicinity. Let's say that the weather conditions were not very favorable: we were greeted by a blizzard of rain, wind and...
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The human form is the pinnacle of beauty: interview with Shane Wolf

The human form is the pinnacle of beauty: interview with Shane Wolf

Among the most interesting artists on the international scene, one of our favorites is Shane Wolf (Cincinnati, USA, 1976). An imaginative and versatile artist with a highly refined technique, who trained in Italy (and particularly in Florence) and cu...
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The Harlem Renaissance and Archibald Motley: the boom of the Negro Movement.

The Harlem Renaissance and Archibald Motley: the boom of the Negro Movement.

In this article published by Cultura Colectiva, Soledad Pérez acquaints us with the so-called Harlem Renaissance, a movement developed in the twentieth century in the United States in which black communities reclaimed their identity. Together with...
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Elliott Erwitt's dogs (and an exhibition in Castelnuovo Magra to learn about them)

Elliott Erwitt's dogs (and an exhibition in Castelnuovo Magra to learn about them)

When Steve McCurry arrived in Castelnuovo Magra at the end of June to give his lectio magistralis on photography (and we, as you know, were there), he said it loud and clear: Elliott Erwitt 's photography of animals was a great source of inspiration ...
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The romantic charm of Juliet's house in Verona

The romantic charm of Juliet's house in Verona

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love And I'll no longer be a Capulet. [Act II; Scene II] [Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father, refus...
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Vivian Maier, the nanny photographer

Vivian Maier, the nanny photographer

In this article published in No. 195 of Descubrir el Arte we discover a photographer who became famous only after her death: this is Vivian Maier. To learn more, read this article that I translated for you! :) Here is the link to the original. ...
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Ra Paulette, the man who expresses his art by digging caves

Ra Paulette, the man who expresses his art by digging caves

A Cultura Colectiva article written by Pilar Turu introduces us to an extraordinary story: a man who was able to create real works of art inside caves by himself. Find out with us in my translation! :) Here, the link to the original. Bringing out t...
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Golucho: a raw and expressive gaze

Golucho: a raw and expressive gaze

Descubrir el arte dedicates an article to Golucho, an artist who depicts people and the everyday environment in a very special way.If you are curious to see his works, you can find them until April 12 at the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona...
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What is contemporary art? Two-way conversation with Estrella de Diego and Dolores Jiménez-Blanco

What is contemporary art? Two-way conversation with Estrella de Diego and Dolores Jiménez-Blanco

We present an interesting interview conducted by Sara Valverde for Descubrir el Arte on the occasion of the thirty-fourth edition of the contemporary art fair ARCO in Madrid,which was held from February 25 to March 1: we talk about contemporary art. ...
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The long march of Pop art. An erudite account of the movement's lingering influence

The long march of Pop art. An erudite account of the movement's lingering influence

In this article published in The Art Newspaper and written by Pac Pobric, Pop art is analyzed, dwelling on the influence that this movement still has in our days on our society. We offer the article in my translation and here is the link to the ...
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Jan. 27: Art is memory. The work of Roman Halter

Jan. 27: Art is memory. The work of Roman Halter

Today, January 27, is Memorial Day, and we could not fail to remember through art this indelible day in international history. Because remembering means not to repeat the same mistakes, the same atrocities committed against innocent people, guilty of...
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Man's desire for woman in nineteenth-century art

Man's desire for woman in nineteenth-century art

A recurring theme in art is the desire a man feels when he stands before a woman. In this article, Pilar Turu in Cultura Colectiva analyzed the theme, narrowing it down to 19th-century art. Here is the link to the original, while below you can read t...
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The Santa Croce Christmas market in Florence

The Santa Croce Christmas market in Florence

Christmas tree in front of Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore During the Christmas season, Italian and foreign cities offer so many markets to visit that every year it becomes difficult to arrive at a final choice. The most famous, in Italy,...
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Social participation in a museum

Social participation in a museum

How important is it to bring social issues into a museum's programs? We find out with this interesting article written by Sara Valverde and published in Descubrir el arte. Here is the link to the original. I translated it for you! Enjoy reading :) ...
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Can an image tell us about a person?

Can an image tell us about a person?

We present yet another article from Lizzy Vartanian's Gallery Girl blog! This time we wonder if a painting or photograph can reveal something about a person. Here is the link to the original. The translation is mine! :) Last week I took a little tri...
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Astronomy to learn about art

Astronomy to learn about art

In my translation today, I present a very interesting article written by Pilar Turu, which was published in Cultura Colectiva. It is about studies done by Donald Olson, an astronomer, which led him to understand the exact date and location when some ...
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Why I admire artists

Why I admire artists

Here is my translation of an article by Lizzy Vartanian, published in her lovely Gallery Girl blog, which gives us reasons why she admires artists. Here is the link to the original! Because this blog celebrates art and everything around it, I ...
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Latin American art: the importance of redeeming the past

Latin American art: the importance of redeeming the past

Latin American art: the importance of redeeming the pastIn this article written by Pilar Turu and published in Cultura Colectiva, it is shown, through some works of art, how important it is for Latin America to redeem the past for the creation of a n...
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How can museums change adolescents-and vice versa?

How can museums change adolescents-and vice versa?

This is my translation of the article, written by Chelsea Kelly and published on the blog Art Museum Teaching, about the change that is possible to have in teenagers through student programs within a museum. Here is the link to the original. Happy re...
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Mariana Castillo Deball: If we do not know or reflect on our history, we cannot live in the present

Mariana Castillo Deball: If we do not know or reflect on our history, we cannot live in the present

This article written by Sara Valverde and published in the Spanish magazine Descubrir el Arte is an interview with Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball about her way of making art and the reflections that give rise to her works. The article was tra...
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Pick on the people, not the cameras. On the photos at the National Gallery in London.

Pick on the people, not the cameras. On the photos at the National Gallery in London.

There has been a lot of discussion in recent months about policies on allowing photos to be taken inside museums. In this article written by Nina Simon and published on her blog Museum 2.0 she reflects on this and its effects at the National Gallery ...
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Why do galleries seek to participate in art fairs?

Why do galleries seek to participate in art fairs?

The article you are reading in my translation originally appeared in the Spanish magazine Descubrir el Arte: by clicking here you can read the original, by Sara Valverde. It is an interesting contribution to understanding the reasons why art gallerie...
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How to prepare children for visiting an art museum

How to prepare children for visiting an art museum

Very often the topic of children in museums is discussed. In this very interesting article written by Rebecca Gross and published on the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts blog, tips are given on how you can prepare a child for a visit to an art mu...
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Art Everywhere: public spaces open up to art

Art Everywhere: public spaces open up to art

A very special project conceived and created in the United States to open public spaces to art: Art Everywhere US. He tells us about it in this article Cultura Colectiva, an interesting website from Latin America, specifically Mexico.Here is the ...
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Why you should study art history and what you can do with your degree

Why you should study art history and what you can do with your degree

A recurring question that nags art history students is: where will your degree take you? Here's what one British girl, Lizzy Vartanian, an art history blogger and aspiring art critic, who posted this article on her blogThe Gallery Girl, thinks about...
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Thinking of going to work in an Italian museum? Don't.

Thinking of going to work in an Italian museum? Don't.

The post you are reading is my translation of an article written by Anna Somers Cock that appeared the day before yesterday, July 15, in The Art Newspaper. Here is the link to read the original. It is certainly a thought-provoking article about the s...
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Gordon Moran and the Siege of Siena.

Gordon Moran and the Siege of Siena.

The article we offer in our Ilaria 's translation came out in the Summer 2013 issue (p. 13) of Vista, a four-monthly English-language magazine on Florence and its surroundings. Written by Lila Baghzouz, it offers a summary of the events surrounding t...
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Studies in Iconology - by Erwin Panofsky

Studies in Iconology - by Erwin Panofsky

With Aby Warburg we have opened up a broader horizon in the field of art criticism, or rather, a new vision of iconology, for if previously the latter was defined simply as the study of subjects associated with themes and concepts, it is now configur...
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The revival of ancient paganism - by Aby Warburg

The revival of ancient paganism - by Aby Warburg

The book we are presenting today, The Revival of Ancient Paganism by Aby Warburg marked a turning point in Darte criticism and brought a new method to the field of iconography, as it moved from being a study of subjects associated with themes and con...
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