Art

La Gioconda: mystery, regret and controversy behind the painting
Thursday, November 15TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
La Gioconda: mystery, regret and controversy behind the painting   One of the greatest paintings of Italian art is certainly the masterpiece of Leonardo Vinci, La Gioconda. The painting, better known abroad as "Monna Lisa" ("Monna" as the abbreviation for Madonna and corresponding to the...
Mantegna
Wednesday, August 08TH, 2012 by
  Probably not as famous as Michelangelo or Leonardo, Andrea Mantegna is just as talented and artistically important for the history of italian art. He lived in the 15th century and he was with no doubt a master of prospective, a constant in his work and a characteristic of his talent, which...
Renato Guttuso
Friday, August 03TH, 2012 by
      A true Sicilian, a strong communist, but above all one of the most famous Italian artists of modern times.  Guttuso came from a wealthy upper middle class family, but soon in his life opted for a very radical, left wing political position. He was born in Bagheria, the Sicilian city...
MAXXI
Wednesday, July 18TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
MAXXI: The First National Museum Dedicated to Architecture in Italy. For those who associate Italy with ancient art and architecture alone, the MAXXI, National Museum of 21st Century Arts, in Rome will come as quite a surprise. The building itself is a revolutionary design by architect Zaha Hadid...
Monuments Men in Italy
Tuesday, March 06TH, 2012 by
The destruction of the Campo Santo in Pisa brought tears to Deane Keller's eyes. Pieces of the famous frescoes lay on the floor and the roof had been torn off by Allied bombing. Painstakingly, he started picking up fragments of the frescoes and deciding how the restoration work should be carried...
La Maiolica:
Saturday, August 13TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
La Maiolica: Sicily's Ceramics While the true origins of ceramic are oft debated and still unknown, we can say with certainty that the traditional maiolica style of ceramics is a style born in Sicily that is now renowned the world over. An Old Tradition Ceramics appeared for the first time in...
Boccioni
Monday, August 08TH, 2011 by
  Boccioni Umberto Boccioni is one of the most recognized Italian painters of the 20th century and his work is highly appreciated by critics. He was a "Futurist" and probably the most recognized name of the movement that, at the beginning of the  20th century, created a completely new vision of...
Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi is a museum of great significance for the town and it's surrounding area, which is known as ancient Etruria. Chiusi (Clevsin in Etruscan) together with eleven other towns and cities of Tuscany are steeped in Etruscan history dating back to between the...
Canova
Monday, April 18TH, 2011 by
Canova self-portraitCanova was an artist heavily influenced by the classical style of the ancient Greeks despite living in more modern times (1757-1822), and was able to merge this classicism with styles more typical to his own era. Originally from the north east of Italy, Canova artistically grew...
Jack Vettriano
Thursday, April 14TH, 2011 by
Singing Butler Jack Vettriano is a remarkably inspired and accomplished contemporary artist of Italian and Scottish descent. Vettriano is known for his gentle touch and somehow surreal, but elegant use of color and the overall ambience in his work. Although Vettriano did not have an artistic...

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