Italy

Pizza: a slice of migration history

Pizza – possibly one of the most popular, tasty and simple things you can have for dinner tonight. But behind its simplicity lies a much more complex history – this is the tale of the Margherita’s migration.

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crowdheritage, strike a match for education

Three projects #MadewithEuropeana go crowdfunding. Help them grow!

In collaboration with crowdfunding platform Goteo, we recently launched a match funding call that offers 10,000 EUR to support projects using digital cultural content in secondary education. Three innovative projects were selected and started their crowdfunding campaigns on Goteo.org. Their first round will run until 5 June. If the projects meet their minimum financial goal […]

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#5WomenArtists: celebrating female artists from across Europe

Ask someone to name five artists and responses are likely to include famous European names such as Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, da Vinci — all male artists. Ask them to name five women artists, and the question poses more of a challenge. Last year, in honour of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women […]

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Viva Verdi! The composer beyond the music

Verdi as a composer, Verdi and the Italian Risorgimento, Verdi as a farmer, Verdi in the movies, Verdi as national icon… How many performers can boast such a wide impact on fields other than the music? His portrait is everywhere: paintings, caricatures, postcards, stamps, dishes, cups, banknotes, …

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Stories and testimonies of Italian soldiers who fought and perished in the Great War

Following the ‘Documenting the Great War‘ blogpost, Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche (ICCU) – Central Institute for the Union Catalogue (ICCU) highlights some of the memories contributed by citizens at the ‘Seminario formativo e raccolta di fotografie, lettere, ricordi della Grande guerra’ community collection day held […]

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Marco Polo – the man who brought China to Europe

Italian explorer Marco Polo was born on 15th September 1254 and died on the 8th or 9th January 1324. We’re not sure which because in Venetian law the day ends at sunset not midnight, so we only know he died more or less on this day 690 years ago. ‘Roma – Dettaglio del ritratto di […]

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Masters of the High Renaissance

Separated by 2,000 kilometres and nearly 250 years, but united by a common birthday (today – 16 July) and a passion for a particular style of painting, today’s blog looks at artists Andrea del Sarto and Joshua Reynolds. Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) was a figure in the High Renaissance art movement.  He was around at […]

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Lucrezia Borgia: scandalous or scandalised?

533 years ago this week, a girl was born whose life would prove to be so full of drama and scandal that it has been turned into a play by Victor Hugo, an opera by Donizetti (read the libretto, see the printed sheet music and handwritten music, or listen to a song), a famous painting […]

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