History & culture

Italian Literature

February 2017 |
Goodreads.com lists 10 of the most popular books of Italian literature ever written. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli Inferno, Dante Alighieri My Brilliant Friend, Elena...

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)

February 2017 |
Drammaturgo, scrittore e poeta italiano vincitore del Premio Nobel per la letteratura nel 1934, Luigi Pirandello ha saputo registrare, durante l’arco di una lunga carriera letteraria i passaggi fondamentali della storia e della società...

"The Leopard", A Classic Work of Italian Historical Fiction

February 2017 |
Are you looking to get through the doldrums of winter by reading a masterwork of Italian literature? Love Italian history? Then I suggest you allocate a comfortable corner in your coziest room for “The Leopard” (Il Gattopardo) by...

The Universal Museum. From Napoleon’s Dream to Canova

February 2017 |
A beautiful exhibition recounting the fantastic recovery of Italy’s masterpieces from France is now open in Rome. Una grande mostra per rievocare l’avventuroso recupero del capolavori italiani dalla Francia. Da Raffaello a Tiziano, dai...

A Liturgical Pax from Renaissance Florence

January 2017 |
The spread of the Franciscan and Dominican orders throughout Italy beginning in the 1200s resulted in the construction of many new churches in urban centers. Each of these churches had essential requirements for the celebration of the Mass and the...

A Lost World of Sound Comes Back to Life

December 2016 |
When we think of our Italian heritage, many of us find our first thoughts centered on our food. Then we may think of old family photographs of our immigrant relatives settling into their new country. Certain smells may trigger memories – our...

Assisi's Christmas of "Il Poverello"

December 2016 |
Even the holiday decorations in the medieval hilltown of Assisi – citta’ della pace – bear witness to San Francesco; simplicity is the theme. Over 25 years ago, Pope John Paul II chose Assisi as the perfect site for his peace...

Saint Nicholas of Bari by Carlo Crivelli

December 2016 |
San Nicola di Bari, conosciuto anche come San Nicola di Myra, è venerato come santo dalla Chiesa cattolica, dalla Chiesa ortodossa e da diverse altre denominazioni cristiane. Egli è ben noto anche al di fuori del mondo cristiano,...

Maurizio Cattelan

November 2016 |
Maurizio Cattelan è uno dei più importanti artisti italiani in attività ed il più quotato al momento sul mercato. Da sempre irriverente nei confronti delle istituzioni e dell’establishment culturale, le sue opere...
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