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.
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.
April 18, 2018

Wisteria on webcam at Villa Bardini

This spring you can follow the flowering of the wisteria at Villa Bardini by webcam if you can’t make it there in person (or you’re feeling too lazy to clamber up the hill).
October 19, 2016

Postcard from Florence

An image of my lady lives insideThe church of San Michele, where her face,Her kindness and her honesty provideAsylum seekers with a moment’s grace.Thus she, when people kneedrop and draw near,Prioritises those who need her most:A milky retina turns crystal clear,A demon is evicted from its host.Her features clarified by candlelight,Her name is on the […]