Author: Andrea Paoletti

Andrea Paoletti is an arts and culture photographer in Florence, Italy. He contributes to The Florentine on a regular basis as well as to a range of other magazines and publications. He runs ArtBlog (
October 15, 2020

The Dream of Lady Florence Phillips in Siena

The Dream of Lady Florence Phillips exhibition currently showing at Siena’s Santa Maria della Scala features a collection of masterpieces belonging to the Johannesburg Art Gallery.      The collection comprises 64 works, including oil, watercolour and graphic oeuvres, bridging over 100 years of international art history, dating from the mid-nineteenth to the late-twentieth century. […]
September 20, 2020

Venice Film Festival: In Pictures

  Andrea Paoletti reports from the red carpet at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.  
May 28, 2020

The Immensity of the Universe – Giovanna Garzoni

All photos by Andrea Paoletti.     A nature-based exhibition to check out this June is The Immensity of the Universe in the Art of Giovanna Garzoni. Hosted in the Andito degli Angiolini space at Palazzo Pitti, which reopens on May 28, the show encompasses 100 floral compositions, still lives and miniatures by the Baroque, […]
May 11, 2020

Florence for Florentines

No longer the stronghold of tourists, locals rediscovered their city by bike or on foot as if Florence were a country town.
October 14, 2019

Porta San Frediano: an inside look

All photos by Andrea Paoletti     On Saturday, October 12, Porta San Frediano opened to visitors for a guided tour, which will be repeated every Saturday this month.     Newspapers called the gate “very magnificent” when it was erected as the western entrance to Florence in 1333. Porta San Frediano still stands somberly […]
September 30, 2019

Venice Film Festival: In Pictures

  Andrea Paoletti reports from the red carpet at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
March 11, 2019

“Verrocchio: Master of Leonardo”: in pictures

The first comprehensive retrospective devoted to Andrea del Verrocchio opened at Palazzo Strozzi on March 9, with an accompanying section at the Bargello Museum, both running until July 14, 2019.
December 3, 2018

Marco Lodola’s Winter Garden at Mercato Centrale Firenze

Made from plexiglass, sheet metal and coloured light emitting diodes, this year’s Christmas lights, aptly titled Winter Garden, at the city’s popular marketplace have been designed by visual artist Marco Lodola.
November 19, 2018

Flowers in the Florentine sky

Despite the late-November winds and the chill in the air, if you looked up in the sky at any point yesterday in Florence, you could be forgiven for thinking it was June 24 (feast day of the city’s patron San Giovanni, with fireworks an integral part of the celebrations.) Access points were blocked off and authorities […]
September 12, 2018

Tomorrow’s Michelangelos in Monte Altissimo

Monte Altissimo is famous for the marble quarries where a certain Michelangelo selected the marble for his Renaissance sculpture. Today it’s a place of billion-dollar business and rife with opportunity for tomorrow’s artists. The Cervaiole quarry on the southern spurs of Monte Altissimo is reached by driving through Stazzema and part of the Apuan Alps […]