History & culture

Ferragosto: The Peak of Italy's Month of Relaxation

August 2018 |
The middle of August is a grand time for Italian vacations and commemorations as several festivals occur during this month. Ferragosto occurs on August 15 and for many Italians it is considered the peak of the vacation season for those ready to...

Painting in Siena Following the Black Death

August 2018 |
Neroccio de’ Landi fu pittore e scultore del primo Rinascimento a Siena. In entrambe queste arti figurative egli fu allievo del Vecchietta, di cui rilevò la bottega nel 1480, ma dal 1469 circa al ‘75 fu anche socio di Francesco Martini, forse...

A Portrait Medal by Pisanello

July 2018 |
Within the Byzantine gallery of the Cleveland Museum of Art may be found a portrait medal cast in lead, not by a Byzantine artist, but by the leading medallist of 15th century Italy, Antonio di Puccio Pisano, commonly known as “Pisanello.”...

Italy's Annual Festival of the Two Worlds

July 2018 |
Every summer in Spoleto, Italy, the widely-celebrated Festival dei Due Mondi takes place within June and July. Titled as the Festival of the Two Worlds when translated to English, the Festival dei Due Mondi consists of a wide variety of artistic...

Celebrating Republic Day with Italy's Military Performances

June 2018 |
Il 2 giugno la Repubblica Italiana celebra il 72° anniversario della nascita della nostra nazione attraverso il referendum istituzionale indetto per la prima volta a suffragio universale il 2 e il 3 giugno 1946, con il quale gli italiani vennero...

The Sea and Its History

June 2018 |
The boundless blue that one can see from every corner of the Italian peninsula, the unmistakable noise of the waves crashing on the shore, the taste of iodine that fills the lungs with health and freedom...it is the sea! In fact, the sea can not be...

Universal Judgement: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

June 2018 |
From the opening and closing ceremonies of multiple Olympic games to the Sistine Chapel and plenty of productions in between, Marco Balich has wowed audiences by “creating shows that amaze and speak to people’s hearts.” If you happened to catch the...

Buon Onomastico, The Italian Name Day

June 2018 |
Besides their birthday, many Italians also celebrate their onomastico. This term, which in English translates to “name-day,” derives from the Greek verb onomázein - chiamare per nome (to call by name). The onomastico has a strong religious...

A Renaissance Tabernacle Frame

May 2018 |
Displayed in the Renaissance galleries of the Cleveland Museum of Art is a marble, frame-like, relief sculpture, Italian in origin, depicting two angels facing a central opening or portal. It dates to about 1480 to 1500. The marble is beautifully...
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