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An interview with Count Niccolo' Capponi

'Florentines are so funny and they have respect for absolutely nothing' -not just out of malice but because everything is a joke.'
by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 66/2007 / October 31, 2007)
Count Niccol? Capponi is a part of Florence?s living history. His family has been in the city since the thirteenth century and he is a historian. After earning a PhD in military history from the University of Padova, he returned to …

An interview with Peter Weller

But the truth is, Italians get more done in a day than most.
(issue no. 65/2007 / October 18, 2007)
Peter Weller, best known for his starring role in the film Robocop, has acted continuously in theatre and film, directed television, and writes for travel magazines. Nominated for an Oscar for best direction of live action short film and recently the star …

An interview with Angela Caputi

People called me Giuggi, which mean's small agreeable thing
by Vicci Recckio (issue no. 64/2007 / October 4, 2007)
Angela Caputi established her Florence-based company in 1975. From her workshop in the historical centre, her business quickly received international acclaim and the Giuggiù label soon broke into the global market. Caputi is now one of the most recognized names in …

An interview with Andrea Spadoni

I want to make my 15-minutes of fame last as long as I can
(issue no. 63/2007 / September 20, 2007)
Andrea Spadoni grew up in Ponte Buggianese, located in the province of Pistoia, where he owns and runs a restaurant with his parents. After completing university, he was a freelance news journalist at the Tuscan daily, La Nazione. Last year, he …

An interview with Fernando Botero

My fat Madonna and Lucifer are now a trademark for the town
by Margreta Moss (issue no. 62/2007 / September 6, 2007)
Fernando Botero was born in 1932 in the city of Medellín in Colombia. An abstract artist, Botero’s paintings and sculptures are noteworthy for their exaggerated proportions and the sheer corpulence of the human and animals figures depicted. Through the careful use …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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) …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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