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A prescription for humor

The soccorso clown intiative: An interview with Michael Christensen
by Linda Falcone (issue no. 62/2007 / September 6, 2007)
Clowns. Magic tricks. Music. The laughter of small children. Balloons anddchocolate transfusions? If it wasnnt for this last option, no one would have guessed that we were entering a childrenns hospital ward at Florencees Meyer Pediatric Hospital rather than a circus …
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An Interview with Gary Radke

by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 61/2007 / July 26, 2007)
Gary Radke is Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University, where he has taught since 1980. An expert in Italian medieval and Renaissance art, he is a fellow of the AmericanAcademy in Rome and has held fellowships from a number …
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An Interview with Carol Biagiotti

by Gabriella Tama (issue no. 60/2007 / July 12, 2007)
Born in Arizona, Carol Biagiotti arrived in Florence quite by accident.  After graduating from college, she was traveling to Paris by boat and decided to get off in Naples, proceeded to Rome, then arrived in Florence.  Her purse disintegrated in front …
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An interview with Mary Beckinsale

The time has come for artists to go beyond the Renaissance vision.
(issue no. 59/2007 / June 28, 2007)
Mary Beckinsale has travelled the world as an educator and lecturer for over 30 years, giving art-related lectures at top institutions in Korea, Serbia, Portugal, Spain and the United States. She served as dean of the Studio Art Centers International (SACI) …
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An interview with Contessa Sibilla della Gherardesca

Della Gherardesca family is one of the oldest noble families in Florence
by Helen Glave (issue no. 58/2007 / June 14, 2007)
It’s Pitti time again. For a brief period, Florence will rouse itself from its customary summer torpor to lay on a dazzling welcome for thousands of buyers and visitors who’ve come from all over the world to the legendary Florentine fashion …
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An interview with Antonio Mancinelli

Features editor at Marie Claire Italia
by Vicci Recckio (issue no. 57/2007 / May 31, 2007)
Antonio Mancinelli was born in Rome in 1963. He studied fashion at the prestigious Academia del Costume e della Moda. He has written for Italian dailies La Repubblica and the Corriere della Sera, as well as for several fashion magazines such …
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Leather 101: The art and science of purchasing leather in Florence

An interview with Italian designer Jennifer Tattanelli
by Sponsored Page  (issue no. 56/2007 / May 17, 2007)
Florence is famous for its leather goods, from shoes and accessories to clothing. But with so many stores and so much to choose from, how can a buyer be sure of making a good choice?We went to the Casini leather stores …
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An interview with Natalia Guicciardini Strozzi

Florentine actress, writer and vintner
(issue no. 56/2007 / May 17, 2007)
Florentine actress, writer and vintner, Natalia Giucciardini Strozzi was recently confirmed as a descendant of the Mona Lisa.  She is the daughter of Prince Girolamo Giucciardini Strozzi and Irina Reine. Her autobiography, Facile da ricordare, published in Italian by Polistampa, was …
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An interview with Patrizia Gucci

Fashion designer, writer and painter
(issue no. 55/2007 / May 3, 2007)
Patrizia Gucci is daughter of designer Paolo Gucci and great granddaughter of Guccio Gucci, founder of the famous fashion house. She worked for the family company in the international public relations department until 1994, before establishing her own fashion line for …
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An Interview with Rab Hatfield

Art historian
(issue no. 54/2007 / April 19, 2007)
Trained at Harvard, professor Rab Hatfield taught at Yale for five years before coming to Florence to head the Art History Department at Syracuse University. The majority of his research deals with Renaissance art, with a particular emphasis on Michelangelo and …
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An Interview with Pino Carbone

Gyrotonics master, inventor of training system 'Bodycode'
(issue no. 53/2007 / April 5, 2007)
Gyrotonics master Pino Carbone studied ballet from the time he was an infant. He danced professionally throughout the world, in places like Hong Kong, Finland, and New York City. He was born into a family of dancers; his uncle of the …
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An Interview with Giannozzo Pucci

Pioneer of the national movement for organic agriculture in Italy, founder member of ASCI
(issue no. 52/2007 / March 22, 2007)
Nephew of Emilio Pucci, the famed fashion designer, Giannozzo Pucci is a leading advocate and founding member of the environmental and anti-nuclear movement in Italy. Essayist of Florentine culture and architecture, with a Ph.D. in political science, he created the Fierucola, …
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An Interview with Ippolita Morgese

Medici Archive Project President
(issue no. 51/2007 / March 8, 2007)
Ippolita Morgese studied the history of music at the University of Florence and earned her postgraduate degree in musical palaeography at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. She later earned another degree, in archival practice, palaeography and diplomatic studies, …
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An Interview with Camilla Torna

Florentine-born graphic designer, visualizer and illustration professor
(issue no. 50/2007 / February 22, 2007)
Camilla Torna is a Florentine-born graphic designer, visualizer and illustration professor at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. She has lived in New York City, Turin, and Vienna for a total of 10 years and has thus gained different perspectives …
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An interview with Antonina Bargellini

Daughter of '1966 Flood Mayor' Piero Bargellini
by Elia Celestina Della Chiesa (issue no. 49/2007 / February 8, 2007)
‘How fortunate indeed is your Firenze, to have as Mayor a man like you, so sensitive to her beauty’ Jacqueline Kennedy   Assessor of Education, Culture and the Environment under Giorgio La Pira in the 1950s, Piero Bargellini became mayor of Florence in 1966. …

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