Author: Harry Cochrane

Harry Cochrane is a jobbing man of letters from Northumberland. When he’s not penning his own poetry, Harry’s busy reviewing other people’s verses for The Times Literary Supplement, teaching English, translating, and commenting on opera as The Florentine’s resident reviewer.
June 5, 2018

Last of the summer wine

It was too good to be true. “I have a friend who’s a winemaker,” said Ambrogio, my Italian literature teacher, “and he’s suggested that I bring some students out there this summer.” Two months later it was mid-August, and the seven of us were thoroughly installed in the guest house at a Chianti cantina. Every […]
May 30, 2018

The Bigallo to undergo restoration

The Bigallo museum and loggia are to be restored thanks to the Florence-based advertising agency Real Media, who will cover the total cost of just over one million euro.
May 29, 2018

On the name “Blue”

On May 22 in Milan, Justice Paola Barbara Folci ruled that a child will be allowed to keep her name: Blue. This was by no means a foregone conclusion.
May 23, 2018

Art at the courthouse

The initiative is in response to a law requiring artworks to be included in public buildings.
May 18, 2018

Open Day at the Istituto degli Innocenti

Children will receive breakfast, toys, a little rucksack and a carton of milk.
May 12, 2018

SMS: a Florence poem

It was just in front of Nicodemus – a self-portrait from Michelangelo say art historians – and Christ below, wasted with the effort to redeem us that the text pressed itself against my thigh. What a cliché to say that my blood froze and I could compose myself to compose neither expostulation nor reply, only […]
April 27, 2018

Restoration of ciborium in San Miniato complete

The ciborium was commissioned by Piero de' Medici and designed by Michelozzo.
April 24, 2018

Venturi’s Pietà at the Opera del Duomo Museum

The sculpture will be displayed until September 23, sharing a room with Michelangelo's Bandini Pietà.
April 19, 2018

Villa il Ventaglio Park to reopen

Renovation is underway at Villa il Ventaglio park, in the upper Le Cure neighbourhood in Florence, with reopening slated for late spring.

Medici tapestries returned to Florence

Twenty Renaissance tapestries, depicting the Parables of Joseph, are returning to the Palazzo Vecchio after an agreement signed on Monday between Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella and President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella.