Italy

Matilde Serao, Parla una donna: diario femminile di guerra

The memory of the First World War, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remains very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe and of countries across the world – the stories of soldiers and their families continue to be told and published from generation to […]

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Caravaggio: a Murderous Artist

The personalities featured on the blog this week do nothing to debunk the idea of artists having fiery temperaments. On Tuesday, we told the tale of Baroque architect Francesco Borromini, whose bitter rivalry with fellow artist Bernini is thought to have led to his tragic suicide. Today, we have another dramatic life story and another […]

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Italy: Lorenzo Ornaghi

Arti­cle by Lorenzo Ornaghi, Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities: The Holy Family (Tondo Doni) Uffizi Gallery Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) Panel painting, diam. cm. 120 (with the frame, cm. 172) Traditionally it is believed that this masterpiece was  commissioned by Agnolo Doni to commemorate his marriage with Maddalena Strozzi in January 1504, and then  painted between […]

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The Art of Seduction: Giacomo Casanova

Giacomo Casanova, Venetian adventurer and writer, was born on April 2nd 1725 in the Republic of Venice. During the 18th century for Casanova, as well as other upper class nobles, love and sex tended to be casual and not attached to the serious characteristics of the Romanticism era that followed in the latter part of the 18th […]

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Maestà in all its beauty

The latest collection from the Kunsthistorische Institut in Florenz includes the renowned work of the Italian painter Simone di Martino – Maestà. Simone di Martino (c. 1284–1344) was the key figure in the development of early Italian painting and the International Gothic style. Very little is known about Simone, but it is believed that he started […]

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