Author: Devin Tooma

January 13, 2011

Children/Disney Playhouse Live

Take the tots to see Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh (Tigger too!) and the entire gang live in this world-famous interactive musical performance featuring all your favourite Disney characters. Sure to invite screams from the little ones, the show is in Italy for the first time ever. Do it for the kids! Call […]

Photo/Adi Nes. Deposizione

A breathtaking photographic exhibition of the work of Adi Nes and her large-scale, modern, posed photography inspired by Biblical events depicted in Renaissance and Baroque art. In her works, soldiers appropriately recreate The Last Supper and Pieta, Jacob and Esau meet in a cafeteria, a close-up of a startling Jesus Christ lookalike in all his […]
December 9, 2010

Xmas in FI

‘Tis the season, so they say. Deck the halls! It’s likely that whoever called for Christmas cheer and trimmings in the English carols had never seen an Italian Christmas. If you’re spending the se ason in the region, you’re in for a treat. Here, where St. Nick is known as Babbo Natale (‘Daddy Christmas’), traditions […]
October 7, 2010

Toto’ Angel of Le Cure

He is a familiar face in a bustling, well-to-do area of Florence; the original ‘angel of beauty' who, without the support of any institutional construct, ‘adopted' the passageway under the train tracks and expelled the drug dealers and criminals who had long ruled the underground alley.
September 23, 2010

Living on the inside

  “Three years ago, I lugged a suitcase the size of a Fiat 500 up three flights of stone stairs to move into my host family’s apartment; it was the first day of my study abroad program in Florence.   I shook my mamma italiana’s hand, proud to use the word piacere for the first […]
September 9, 2010

Federico Frediani

Federico Frediani can best be described as an art diplomat. A Florentine lawyer by profession, counting the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles and a selection of American universities in Florence among his clients, his interests and passion for both his hometown and Southern California have led him to hold many
June 17, 2010

An interview with Monsignor Timothy Verdon

Born in the United States, Monsignor Timothy Verdon has no single job description. He is an art historian with a Ph.D. from Yale University, a priest in Florence, director of the Diocesan Office for Catechesis Through Art, the author of books and articles on sacred art, was a consultant

If it weren’t for Florence…

Many people know that the Leland Stanford Jr. University in California has a study abroad program in Florence. What many do not know, however, is that the university's ties to the city reach back into the late nineteenth century, and that the university itself might not have been founded
June 3, 2010

A master’s muse

His iconic homes took the U.S. architectural world by storm in the early twentieth century. Considered the ‘best American Architect of all time' by the American Institute of Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright is the original ‘household name,' known worldwide for the stunning, uniquely organic design he pioneered.
March 25, 2010

A dedication to De Chirico at Palazzo Strozzi

The connection between an image and the unconscious, the evocation of emotions and the very essence of being through symbolic form: these are the aims of metaphysical art, the great impetus to the ‘Copernican revolution' in the contemporary art of the twentieth century. And while surrealism and Dada had