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Whet your appetite for what’s sure to be a palate-pleasing edition of Taste, Pitti Immagine’s annual fair celebrating Italian food, wine and all the finer things in life. You might say the 14th edition has a “grainy” focus—Planet Bread. It’s a democratizing staple with staying power, from biblical times to the cutting boards of today’s starred chefs. Numerous workshops, talks and demos with a “daily bread” theme will take place, but the program goes beyond pane and baking. 400 exhibitors from around Italy will be on hand showcasing their products (purchase your favorites post-visit in the Taste Shop), and a packed “Fuori di Taste” off-circuit program takes the main attraction’s momentum to shops, bars and restaurants around town. For the full program, see www.pittimmagine.com.
As the year marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death kicks into high gear, the Vinci artist’s name is everywhere. Palazzo Strozzi bucks the trend a bit, shifting the spotlight to Andrea del Verrocchio, a celebrated Renaissance artist who had a large workshop of which Leonardo was part; the pupil, of course, would go on to outshine the master. While offering keen insight into the germinal stages of Leonardo’s career, Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo will also have a special section at the Bargello highlighting pieces and key works from the many artists in Verrocchio’s 15th-century circle, including Domenico Ghirlandaio and Sandro Botticelli. For more information, see www.palazzostrozzi.org.
2019's answer to Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel is a big-budget superhero flick starring Brie Larson in an acclaimed performance as as Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers, who morphs into one of the world's most powerful heroes when Earth gets caught in the middle of warring alien races. Other big names in the star-studded cast include Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law and Annette Bening. Check the Odeon website for up-t0-date showtimes.
Just ahead of International Women's Day, Palazzo Pitti inaugurates the latest exhibition from the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, Lessico femminile. Le donne tra impegno e talento 1861-1926. Spanning painting, photography and objets d'art, the show highlights women's entrance into the professional sphere in Italy and their accompanying struggles over a 70-year period. For more information, see www.uffizi.it.