History & culture

An Ivory from Amalfi

June 2015 |
A popular tourist destination for travelers to Italy since the 19th century is the celebrated Amalfi coast of southern Italy. It was much beloved by the British upper class and aristocracy who flocked there in the 1920s and 30s. So unique and...

Maiolica

May 2015 |
In the 1490s, the Italian humanist, Giovanni Pontano, extolled the virtues of dining as one of the most important social activities. In Italian households of the Renaissance, there was no place more suitable for expressing social aspirations,...

Italian American Project

April 2015 |
The Italian Americans Project: Angie Spitalieri from Kyrie Whitsett on Vimeo. Both sides of Angela Spitalieri's family came from Italy and settled in the Cleveland area. As a young Italian-American who lives and works in the Little Italy...

A Masterpiece of Italian Goldsmithing

April 2015 |
It is natural to focus upon sculpture and painting when visiting Italian museums. Italy's international reputation in the arts is rightly established by her artistic genius in these media, and she was, of course, the cradle of the Renaissance. Who...

Cartapesta

February 2015 |
Do you remember art projects as a child that involved strips of newspaper and paste made from flour and water? The practice of the cartapesta (paper mache) has been an art form in Lecce, Italy for centuries. Used as an inexpensive substitute...

An Altarpiece by Ugolino da Siena

January 2015 |
Visitors to the Cleveland Museum of Art's Italian Trecento gallery will notice that it is dominated by a painting from Tuscany. An altarpiece painted by the Sienese artist, Ugolino di Nerio da Siena (about 1280-1349), forms a major sightline object...

Steel Museum Offers Youngstown's Italian Heritage Online

January 2015 |
Mention the "Steel Museum" and Youngstowners proudly point to the modern structure at 151 W. Wood Street. Officially known as the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, the institution is operated by Youngstown State University...

Christmas Traditions

December 2014 |
Christmas and the Christmas carol originated in Italy Devoted to Jesus, Saint Francis wrote a Christmas hymn in Latin, "Psalmus in Nativitate," but, apparently, no Christmas carols in Italian. Franciscan friars are credited with several 13th...

The Adoration of the Magi

December 2014 |
Some of the most sublime works of art produced in Italy during the Middle Ages and early Renaissance related to the events surrounding the nativity of Jesus. Many of the great artists of this period such as Masaccio, Duccio, Fra Angelico, and...
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