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Giovanni Bellini's Baptism in Vicenza, a watershed between two eras

Giovanni Bellini's Baptism in Vicenza, a watershed between two eras

It all began with a pilgrimage. In the Jubilee year 1500, Battista Graziani, known as Garzadori, traveled to the Holy Land and, having arrived on the banks of the Jordan River, vowed to build a shrine, dedicating it to the saint who baptized Christ i...
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Giotto at the airport? The real issue is our relationship with heritage

Giotto at the airport? The real issue is our relationship with heritage

I am asked by "Finestre Sull'Arte" for an opinion on the display at Fiumicino airport of three large panels of the stained-glass window that originally stood at the end of the right aisle of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. Erratic panels tha...
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Paying for cultural heritage images: what model should be referred to?

Paying for cultural heritage images: what model should be referred to?

The enactment of the "Tarasco" decree(call it by its name) and the almost simultaneous court rulings in Florence have suddenly reawakened the debate on the management of reproductions of public cultural property. Decree and rulings have in fact marke...
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Can the Venice Biennale claim to have decolonialist intentions?

Can the Venice Biennale claim to have decolonialist intentions?

Biennial out of control. Curators have to choose from a given menu, and if that menu is mediocre, the Biennale will be no different. Contemporary art has gone through two crises (2001 and 2009) that have caused it to lose its ability to read the pres...
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Reproduction of cultural heritage images: between open access and forms of control

Reproduction of cultural heritage images: between open access and forms of control

Images of cultural heritage are an incredible resource for access to culture and the dissemination of knowledge of Italy's cultural heritage around the world. Although technological development and the spread of digital media have made access to digi...
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But do exhibitions in Italy really suck as much as Nicola Lagioia says they do?

But do exhibitions in Italy really suck as much as Nicola Lagioia says they do?

Is there really a gulf separating Italy's exhibition offerings from those of countries like France or even the Netherlands? While in Paris hordes of visitors, including Italians, remain enraptured among the rooms of the Rothko exhibition at the Fonda...
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A legal monster roams Italy: the right to the image of cultural property

A legal monster roams Italy: the right to the image of cultural property

Italy's latest disputes over the commercial use of images of Michelangelo's David (GQ and Brioni cases) and Leonardo'sVitruvian Man (Ravensburger case) emerge judicially at the same time that the reproduction of the image of Botticelli's Venus for th...
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Name tickets at the Colosseum: useful, but there are problems to be solved

Name tickets at the Colosseum: useful, but there are problems to be solved

The climate at the Colosseum continues to be "hot" with controversy. In recent weeks, articles have been coming out voicing the discontent of various agencies and tour operators regarding the named ticket introduced at the Colosseum Park as of last O...
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On the images of works of art: proprietary conception of heritage by the Ministry?

On the images of works of art: proprietary conception of heritage by the Ministry?

"I had to pay 200 euros to publish in an international magazine some photos of materials from an excavation I directed." "I refused to pay 50 euros for a photo of mine of a piece in a museum, which, moreover, had already been edited. Not because of t...
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The restoration of the Basilica Ulpia? Not exactly exciting

The restoration of the Basilica Ulpia? Not exactly exciting

Much is being said these days about the completion of the work by which a small part of the colonnade of the Basilica Ulpia that had been lying on the ground for centuries and centuries in the area of the Imperial Fora in Rome and the steps behind it...
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Fees for images of works of art? The state should not claim, it should disseminate

Fees for images of works of art? The state should not claim, it should disseminate

The invitation to intervene in the discussion rekindled by the improper Ministerial Decree 161 proposes some questions, to which it is not easy to give answers in a few pages. Unless we take note that there are problems made unnecessarily complex by ...
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More on the Garisenda: the affair would never have arisen if...

More on the Garisenda: the affair would never have arisen if...

An article appeared these days in the Bolognese newspaper "Il Resto del Carlino" documenting the care devoted as early as the nineteenth century to the thousand-year-old Garisenda Tower, a symbol of the city, which today is said to be in danger of co...
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After the burning of the Venus of rags: about the role of public art

After the burning of the Venus of rags: about the role of public art

"Creating sculpture means existing in a place": so said Volterra artist Mauro Staccioli. But of the existence and enchantment of Michelangelo Pistoletto's monumental Venus of rags , installed in Naples' Piazza Municipio last June, little remains toda...
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In the digital age, we need to rethink the relationship between originality and authenticity

In the digital age, we need to rethink the relationship between originality and authenticity

In 2007, while discussing on his television program Passepartout the facsimile of Veronese's Wedding at Cana that we had made for the refectory of San Giorgio Maggiore (the place for which the original was intended and painted as a site-specific work...
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Segmentation or disequilibrium for Italian museums? Some reflections and a shock proposal

Segmentation or disequilibrium for Italian museums? Some reflections and a shock proposal

It is logical to expect that a country that thrives on deep contradictions ends up expressing them also in the culture supply sectors, thus in the museum sector. After all, ISTAT tells us that Italy is a country of untapped cultural potential, in whi...
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New participatory models need to be developed to bring citizens closer to museums

New participatory models need to be developed to bring citizens closer to museums

I don't see a one-size-fits-all recipe for Italian museums to bring local audiences together. I think that strategies and best practices come from a punctual analysis of the context and reflection on the existing links between the museum and the comm...
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