Author: Margreta Moss

Margreta Moss is a journalist, historian, art critic and lecturer. Born in Florence, where she graduated in classical studies and gained a PhD in Mathematics, Margreta has also worked in Italy, the USA, Venezuela, Australia, Borneo, Middle East and, since 1993, in London, where she currently lives. She is a member of the Amerigo Vespucci a Casa Sua Committee and the Toscana-USA Association as well as head of the Fiorentini nel Mondo Association in the United Kingdom.
November 5, 2015

A Florentine paradise in London

When, a century ago, the National Gallery in London bought an impressive altarpiece, the Assumption of the Virgin, it was thought to be by Botticelli. But it turned out to be by Francesco Botticini (1446–98)—an esteemed colleague of Botticelli, as well as Filippo Lippi, Verrocchio and
October 1, 2015

Engineering SMN

Eugenio Alphandery, director of the world-famous Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, is not a shortsighted person. As a true engineer he gets to the heart of the matter, whether it’s about mechanical equipment or perfumed essences. His faun-like features perfectly match his deeply rooted
September 10, 2015
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Mario Puccini exhibition at Villa Medici in Seravezza

  The majestic location of the Medici Villa in Seravezza, designed by Buontalenti, in the shade of the Apuan Alps, provides an elegant frame for the works of the Livornese artist Mario Puccini (1869–1920), called by some the ‘Italian Van Gogh,’ at the exhibition Mario Puccini: The Passion of Colour, from Fattori to the Twentieth […]
July 16, 2015

Perfumes and prospects with Eugenio Alphandery

Eugenio Alphandery, director of Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is not a shortsighted person, and as a true engineer he gets to the heart of the matter, whether it’s about mechanical equipment or perfumed essences. His faun-like features perfectly match his deep-rooted Tuscan origins in spite of his surname, which is native to […]
July 3, 2014

A Story of Seduction

Etruscan Seduction: From the Secrets of Holkham Hall to the Wonders of the British Museum, the current exhibition at Palazzo Casali in Cortona has already done more than enthral viewers. The exhibit, a joint effort of the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona, the British
April 3, 2014

From Giorgini to Gucci

In February 1951, Giovanni Battista Giorgini held Italy’s first internationally recognized fashion show at Villa Torrigiani—an event that launched a multibillion dollar industry. It was there that Sonnet Stanfill first began to assemble documents, pictures and items that are now the basis of The Glamour of
February 27, 2014

A fresh perspective

Exploring the role of architecture in Italian Renaissance painting, the new major exhibition at London’s National Gallery, Building the Picture, pleases not only art lovers but architects and mathematicians, too. Rather than Madonnas and Magi, perspective is in the spotlight, leading to an appreciation of the fanciful spaces
November 22, 2012

Filippo Mazzei

Across the Atlantic, Filippo Mazzei should rightly be considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, together with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. But he is hardly a household name. Filippo Mazzei (1730-1816) met Franklin in London, where he arrived in 1754 to
March 29, 2012

Walls with secrets

Florence is a city of stories. Every expanse of cobblestones at every street corner and corridor, building and tower has a history. TF staff has often wondered about the Renaissance building that houses our office, Palazzo Mondragone, located between via de' Banchi and via del Giglio, near piazza Santa Maria
October 16, 2008

An interview with Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida is more than actress and Italian cinema icon. She is a great lady with many talents. Her high spirits, charming smile and strong character have made her a living legend. The Florentine caught up with her in the Sant'Agostino church, surrounded by her marble and bronze sculptures,