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Paola Vojnovic

    Paola Vojnovic is a Renaissance art historian who’s currently offering a constellation of cultural events online, including a ten-week Renaissance Art History Masterclass. www.paolavojnovic.com / Instagram @paola50122 / Twitter @PaolaVojnovic

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    ART + CULTURE

    Piero Barberi: the marble turner in Versilia

    Born in the Versilia area in 1936, Piero Barberi partied with Giovanni Agnelli and crafted a lampshade for singer Mina.

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    Igor Mitoraj’s heroes on the Viareggio beach

    Extending from the sea to the mountains sprinkled with the white marble dust of Carrara, Versilia nourishes the legendary status of Michelangelo and the many other artists who found inspiration ...

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    A chat with Sarah Dunant

    Bestselling author Sarah Dunant has written 12 novels and worked for the BBC, presenting The Late Show as well as the historical podcast When Greeks Flew Kites. Set in the ...

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    Protecting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

    It is early morning and the cleaning lady is singing in a serious soprano as she sweeps the terrazzo alla veneziana floors. The rooms are flooded with riverbero, the reflection ...

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    Renaissance portrait medals

    There are few artifacts as fascinating as the Renaissance portrait medal, an intimate object meant to be held in the hand and studied up close.     Portrait medals appeared ...

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    Cimabue’s world tour

    As soon as the 1966 flood is mentioned, most Florentines recall the mud-covered streets, the tired smiles of the young Mud Angels and the wounded works of art carried away ...

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    Vespasiano da Bisticci

    Who was Vespiano da Bisticci? Meet the famous medieval book dealer who became the close friend of Cosimo the Elder.

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    Explore Sammezzano Castle

    They say that each of us dies three deaths: the moment when your heart stops, when you are buried and the last time someone says your name. The name of ...

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    Saving Santa Croce from the waters

    On May 3, at 10am, the inauguration of the new itinerary and exhibition spaces in the Basilica of Santa Croce will take, coinciding with the 720th anniversary of the foundation of the current church of Santa Croce.   Seven hundred and twenty years ago, on May 3, 1294, the first

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    In their footsteps, through their eyes

    How many people have set foot in the church of Santa Croce in Florence in the 700 years of its existence? We can realistically estimate that the number is close to at least several million. For most of these visitors, we will never know what memories remained with them following

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