Author: 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. / Instagram @paola50122 / Twitter @PaolaVojnovic
December 16, 2021

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 in this part of Tuscany. Michelangelo often visited the quarries here to hand pick the marble blocks for his most celebrated works, such as the Prisoners made […]
October 2, 2020

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 Italian Renaissance and combining cutting-edge historical academia with fast-paced fiction, Dunant’s most recent novels have been translated into 30 different languages.         […]
September 10, 2020

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 of the light from the Grand Canal, dancing on the walls. For the moment, I lose myself in the spell of Pollock’s Alchemy. Then I […]
June 11, 2020

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 in Italy in the 1430s as a result of a revived interest in classical antiquity and the Renaissance philosophy of man. Increased awareness of individual […]
November 3, 2016

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 from the churches and museums. Then there is Cimabue’s Crucifix. Two days after the flood (by then it was November 6) the volunteers finally gained […]
July 1, 2016

Vespasiano da Bisticci

The most important man in Florence walked into a shop on the corner of via del Proconsolo and via de’ Pandolfini. The shopkeeper was keen to show him his wares, but the man’s request was not an ordinary one: “I would like your recommendation on how to establish a library.” The book dealer was at […]
January 15, 2015

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 Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes d’Aragona probably means nothing even to most Florentine and Tuscan history experts.     
April 3, 2014

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
February 27, 2014

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