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ART + CULTURE

Art and culture from Florence, Italy, focusing on exhibitions, museums, artisans and more.

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The Golden Ratio:the Story of Phi, the Worlds Most Astonishing Number

If you find your horizons could be a tad broader, if you enjoy  tackling common knowledge and are ready to find new and exciting ways to look at art, nature, philosophy and even everyday life; here is the book for you. Take a breath and start by rephrasing John

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Successful Plotting

More than two years after the first letter of complaint was lodged, the sensational trial, Baigent and Leigh vs Random House, came to judgement in London on April 7. But a whiff of a mystery still remains, fitting for the trial of Dan Brown’s thriller The Da Vinci

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Dante defines Florentine identity

‘To be or not to be? That is the question’. ‘Romeo. Romeo. Where for art thou Romeo?’ Chances are if you’re an English-speaker, you know these lines and you also ...

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Behind the Agony and the Ecstacy

Poor Michelangelo. He lived like a pauper and was chronically miserable. The image of an indigent and moody artist accords well with our idea of the creative genius. But there’s an interesting twist to Michelangelo’s story. It turns out that he was one of the richest

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Life on both sides of the pond

Life in Italy and life in the U.S. are two completely different worlds. When I was a little kid, living in Northern California, I thought there was no other place like home. I thought all of my future lay within the country that I was standing in. I was

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All the world’s a playground

‘A paradise of exiles’ is how Percy Bysshe Shelley described Florence, hinting  at the anomaly of a city that exiled its most famous writer – Dante, creator of ‘Paradise’ – ...

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Arte di Ora: the art of now

Some people say Florence is stuck in the cinquecento, in other words, the Renaissance. And to be totally honest, they’re right. Florence may be the city that inspired the Renaissance, giving birth to artistic genius unlike any other epoch; and it may hold one-fifth of the world&

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Ancient pulsing lands

Aboriginal Australian Art has a universal theme: dreaming. This concept permeatesAboriginal culture, from ritual to contemporary art. The term refers to the time of creation when Aboriginal people and all of Nature came to be as they are: eternally interconnected with supernatural ancestors who impregnated the world they created with

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When tourism was young…

Buskers on the bridge, gelati and late-night street-eating. For the Grand Tourist, evidently niente cambia.   Many travel agents today offer enticing holidays to Europe promising sun or snow, beautiful cities and breath/taking countryside. A relatively recent enterprise one may think, yet it was thanks to Thomas

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Looking for Mr Right? He lives on Via Ricasoli

Florence continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy and Michelangelo’s David the masterpiece everyone wants to see. This is not new. The gigantic scale of the statue has been a source of wonder since Florentines first saw it in 1504. Indeed its size

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Mythologica et Erotica

“A joy for the eyes, this exhibition warms the heart and opens the mind to dreams” This is how Antonio Paolucci, Superintendent of the Arts in Florence, described the exhibition ...

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Brancacci chapel junkie

As an English speaking traveller who has journeyed the length and breadth of Italy over the past four decades—from Viareggio to Brindisi, from Trieste to Catanzaro, and many stops in between—there is one sight that has always had a particularly powerful, literally stunning effect on me

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Art communes with nature

Historically, Tuscany is a region that has always been attractive to artists because of its rich cultural heritage, luminous light, and landscape. The sculpture gardens created during the 1980s and 1990s at the Villa Gori near Pistoia, the Giardino dei Tarrocchi at Pescia Fiorentina, or the Giardino di Spoerri at

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Coal to newcastle

The walls of Nuovo San Giovanni Hospital in Scandicci are more welcoming this week thanks to the recent visit of volunteers working with the Atlanta based Foundation for Hospital Art. This is the third time the Foundation has painted at San Giovanni. General Electric Elfuns, and members of the American

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Guitar playing that burns

Music-lovers detecting distinctly American, red hot licks, funky chops and classic West Coast riffs behind Italian folk hero Vasco Rossi’s rock and Peppino D’Agostino’s finger-style acoustic compositions aren’t imagining things:  generating much of the juice, these days, is California-

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Up and down, and around, the hills of Florence

You can easily go by car, but the best way is to go by foot, as San Zanobi did in the 4th century CE. Starting from Piazza Vingone, where the route of Bus 27 ends, you take Via di Casignano and climb along a winding road lined with stone walls,

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Florence as a capital city 1865-1870

The political situation arising from the decision to move the capital to Florence.

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Medici Money

‘Bank,’ Italian banco, (later banca), a bench, table, or board, something to write on, to count over, to divide two people engaged in a transaction. That was all the furniture ...

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San Gimignano celebrates its mediaeval past

Once again this June, San Gimignano – famous for its lofty towers and picturesque streets and squares – celebrates the “Ferie delle Messi,” a pageant that dates back to 1255. This traditional fertility festival features street music, theatre and markets, a costume parade and jousting – a full

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Pietrasanta: where masterpieces are moulded

“The hands of the craftsmen give life to marble, bronze, iron, glass or clay: inert raw material takes on expression and feeling. To enter their studios, workshops and foundries always ...

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Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Florence is a city with a rich musical past. During the mid-15th century, it was one of the most exciting places in the world to be living and working as a musician thanks to the work of a group of intellectuals known as the Florentine Camerata. They had begun

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The Medici story of a European dynasty

THE DAWN OF POWER   During the 12th and 13th centuries the renewed splendor of urban life in Florence—and its accompanying economic promise—lured many people, nobility and peasant stock alike, from the surrounding countryside. Among those who arrived seeking fortune in the city were the Medici,

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La Compagnia

La Compagnia is Tuscany’s new cinema house dedicated to documentary films and International Festivals.   The avant-garde theater in the historic center of Florence offers the Region’s first preview of ...

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Secrets of a Florentine soundscape

As Florence’s heritage-enriched streets have played host to increasing diversity in visiting admirers, so too has the city’s aural narrative grown increasingly eclectic in nature. The excitable chit-chat derived from ...

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