History & culture

The Confraternity of Saint John the Evangelist in Venice

November 2017 |
La Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, fondata nel 1261 a Venezia, è la più antica fra quelle ancora funzionanti sul territorio della città. La Scuola, una delle più ricche e prestigiose, era una corporazione di Battuti che riuniva attorno a...

Celebrating All Saints' Day and Honoring the Saints

November 2017 |
All Saints’ Day (Tutti i Santi) is a public holiday observed in many countries globally, including Italy. Both eastern and western churches honor this holiday, although on different days. It is also sometimes referred to as All Hallows’ Day. It is...

Did You Know?

November 2017 |
Nov. 26, 1789: President George Washington, in a response to Congress, declared this date a Day of Publick Thanksgivin [sic]. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November. This was followed for the next...

The Masked Festivities of The Carnival of Venice

October 2017 |
Il Carnevale di Venezia, se non il più grandioso, è sicuramente il più conosciuto per il fascino che esercita ed il mistero che continua a possedere anche a 900 anni di distanza dal primo documento che fa riferimento a questa famosissima festa....

Portrait of a Youth as Saint Sebastian

October 2017 |
A portrait is customarily defined as a representation of a specific individual, such as the artist might meet in life. A portrait does not merely record someone’s features but says something about who he or she is, offering a vivid sense of a real...

Celebrating the Arts: the Impact of the Italian Renaissance

September 2017 |
Con il termine di Rinascimento ci si riferisce a un importantissimo movimento storico, artistico e culturale, che va dalla seconda metà del ‘400 fino ai primi decenni del ‘500, e che coincide con la fine del Medioevo e l’avvento del mondo moderno....

A New Discovery in Pompeii: An Italy That Keeps Surprising

September 2017 |
A large gravestone in the popular and beautiful Pompeii archaeological area was recently discovered. In the San Paolino area, during the excavations in a building’s foundation, a monumental marble tomb which, most probably, belonged to an ancient...

A Reliquary Bust from Siena

September 2017 |
Il possesso e la venerazione di antiche reliquie erano di fondamentale importanza al tempo del Medio Evo.  Questi oggetti erano venerati come un legame tra il m ondo naturale e sovrannaturale. Alcune reliquie erano associate con il Cristo e la...

The Pieta: the Signed Work of Michelangelo

September 2017 |
The Pieta (“the pity”) is known by many as one of Michelangelo’s greatest works. Sculpted from marble in the years 1498-1499 before Michelangelo was even 30 years old, the Pieta depicts a common religious subject matter that many artists all over...
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