History & culture

A Rock Crystal Cross from Venice

March 2016 |
  It is commonly known that Venice has a long history for glass production extending back through the Middle Ages. Even today, the city is still highly-renowned for its glass studios as any visitor to the city can attest. Her glass furnaces,...

The Italian American Podcast

February 2016 |
Growing up in my hometown, just outside of NYC, in the 1990s, there weren't many, if any, other kids at school - unless they were my cousins - whose parents were born and raised in Italy. There were a lot of Italian American kids, but usually that...

The Legend of St. Valentine

February 2016 |
Legend has it that the Valentine takes its name from a young Christian priest who lived during ancient Roman times. During that period, Christians were jailed because of their faith and so it was with Valentine. Often he thought of his loved ones...

Filippino Lippi's Holy Family

January 2016 |
Within the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art will be found one of Fillipino Lippi's great works representing "The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist and Saint Margaret." Lippi's sophisticated composition overlaps five figures in a...

Music for Christmas Mass

December 2015 |
A variety of liturgical manuscripts were needed during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance for the celebration of the Mass and offices. These included missals, gospel lectionaries, choir psalters, breviaries, graduals, and antiphonaries. Without...

The Splendor of the Doge

November 2015 |
Venice, one of the most beautiful and exotic of Italian cities, is renowned for its geographical setting, its architecture and the many important works of art housed within its churches and palaces. With its canals and bridges, Venice possesses a...

"War & Art: The Preservation of Italian Treasures"

October 2015 |
On the occasion of 2015's Italian American Heritage Month at Cleveland City Hall, the Consulate of Italy in Detroit and Serena Scaiola, Hon. Consul of Italy in Cleveland, are honored to present the photographic exhibition "War & Art: The...

Brigands

August 2015 |
The first night of our 1992 family reunion in Montelongo, my paternal grandparents' village, Zia Mariannina and Zia Rita locked the door and then barred it with a two-by-four. I looked at my mother. Was this a movie set of the lawless Old West? The...

Italian Americans and World War I

July 2015 |
Though postwar U.S.A. experienced a depression that lasted until 1921, the severe economic and social upheavals that hit Italy in the wake of WWI had little parallel in the U.S. In fact, the period of the 1920s was one of general prosperity -the...
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