History & culture

Italian Women of the Arts

April 2020 |
In the late 16th century, Europe was transitioning through the Renaissance to the Scientific Revolution, but even with the invention of the printing press in the mid-15th century, technology was a slow process. The arts, however, were still...

Michelangelo's Pieta

April 2020 |
The greatest influence on the European world of art, economics, culture, and intellectual achievement was the Italian Renaissance. Florentine artist, Michelangelo Buonarotti, one of the most illustrious and well-known artists of this period, is...

The Dante 700 Project by Timothy Schmalz

April 2020 |
For over 25 years, Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz has been sculpting large scale sculptures. He is a figurative artist with his pieces installed worldwide. Some of his most reputed pieces are installed in historical churches in Rome and at the...

Early Italian Immigrants Were Second-Class Citizens

March 2020 |
Quella degli italo americani è la storia di un lungo percorso segnato da una forma di pregiudizio etnico che ha avuto picchi drammatici e momenti di tregua. L’immigrazione verso gli Stati Uniti, iniziata alla fine degli anni ’70 dell’800, fu...

From the Italian American Press: "Coal War in the Mahoning Valley"

March 2020 |
According to early records, Italian migration to Ohio dates back to the mid-1800s with a small number of families that lived mostly in or near Cleveland. By the turn of the century, the number of Italians had significantly increased to over 10,000...

The Gifts of the Fabbri

March 2020 |
Intorno alla fine del dicembre 1872,  giunse voce agli oltre 530 immigrati italiani bloccati su Ward’s Island nel tentativo di raggiungere l’Argentina, che  in varie parti degli Stati Uniti si cercavano operai. In particolare, la...

Support NIAF's Venice Relief Fund Today

January 2020 |
From November 12-17, Venice experienced the second worst flood in its recorded history. More than 85 percent of the city flooded causing immense damage to its cultural and historical heritage and to its homes and businesses. We in the Italian...

Superstition or Religion? The Ultimate Afterlife Destination: Heaven

January 2020 |
The Roman Catholic Church teaches heaven to be primarily a state of being; a beatific, happy, blissful understanding of God, rather than a place “up there.” It is utter and absolute fulfillment. I liken it to Samadhi, the eighth limb of Yoga or...

Perugia Sardines Don’t Swim

January 2020 |
In the everchanging scope of Italian politics, a new anti-populist political movement calling themselves ‘Sardines’ is growing exponentially all over Italy as a response to Matteo Salvini’s bid to win power in traditionally left-wing Emilia-Romagna...
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