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ART + CULTURE

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

ART + CULTURE

Dirty work in the Bel Paese

While recovering from World Cup fever, Italian football will remain in the grips of a nasty scandal. The investigations of systematic match-fixing are being labelled Piedi Puliti – ‘Clean Feet’, – and the story has already claimed a tragic casualty in the form of the Juventus star

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Stranger in Paradise: Hannibal in Florence

Dr. Lecter's third outing takes place in Florence, with the film adaptation by Ridley Scott.

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Where words are grown

Beatrice Monti della Corte, or the ‘Baronessa’ as she is still known here in Tuscany, transformed her private residence into a writers’ re-treat in memory of her late husband, Gregor Von Rezzori, just after his death in 1998. Rezzori, Grisha to his friends, was a distinguished

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Lasting Love, Politics and Poetry

Elizabeth and Robert Browning arrived in Italy in 1846 following a secret marriage in London. For Elizabeth, coming to Florence was a merciful release. As an invalid, she revelled in the air, “so much lighter and more elastic” than the smog of London. And more, she was escaping

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Raindrops kept falling

Smoking is politically incorrect these days, but there will always be the die-hards and rebels. Cigar smokers are among such free spirits. They consider themselves the royalty of smokers and will go to extraordinary lengths to satisfy their habit – even risking fines or imprisonment in America if caught

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Tracce di animali

The interest of Tracce di animali lies in its exploration of many of the uses that Italian makes of explicit and implicit comparisons with animals in order to designate characteristics, attitudes and behavour in human beings. The book - is for the intermediate level student - contains 16 short theme-based units - &#

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The Little Big Art Book

The ultimate visual compendium of Western painting, The Little Big Art Book spans the entire history of Western painting, from Prehistory to Post-Impressionism. With more than 450 colour reproductions of the greatest paintings, frescoes, and mosaics, it covers every significant style and period. Beginning with prehistoric Europe, ancient Egypt,

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Meltdown!

On Thursday, 25 May, Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, the top executives at Enron, were found guilty of fraud and conspiracy.For a novice like me, the riveting, revolting story of the meltdown of the 6th largest company in the US is rendered surprisingly clear by Bethany McLean and Peter

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Star-gazing in the florentine hills

Are you a born stargazer? Or are you simply curious to see how your zodiac sign stretches across the sky? Whether you’re a passionate astronomy lover or a star novice who wants to grasp some basic facts about the constellations, Florence offers the chance to get a bit

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Trouble in Paradise

With his second novel, The Secrets of Sant’Angelo, Jeff Shapiro brings his readers back to the quiet Tuscan village of Sant’Angelo d’Asso, to bask in the earthy warmth and wisdom of its simpleminded denizens.   The rural peace is shattered when a series of

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Giambologna stopped at Grassina

Do you think of Grassina the way I used to think of Grassina? As a place you drive through on through on the way to Chianti but which is otherwise unworthy of consideration? How wrong I was! Grassina hides an architectural gem. The next time you’re there, turn

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Legacy of a torchured genius

This spring’s Modigliani exhibition at the Museo Vittoriano in Rome is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity no art lover can afford to miss. About 100 works by the celebrated Italian painter and sculptor are on display, including oil paintings, water colours, drawings and one sculpture. This year

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Who is pinocchio?

Living in Florence, I constantly stumble across more of the city’s famous sons. With Il Genio Fiorentino in full flow, it is not surprising that a few more are coming out of the woodwork. How many of you knew that Pinocchio, the wooden boy whose nose grows when

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Weaving In and Out

‘Mediterranean weaving—fabric as a dictionary of economic, cultural and social relations.’ This rather ponderous title introduces a fascinating exhibition at the Museo del Tessuto in Prato comparing the different textile ...

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Open eyes, open mouths

For those of us who are trying to make head or tail of a second language, it does not hurt to give a little thought to the struggle that each one of us made to learn our fi rst. How Babies Talk by Drs Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsch-

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‘A king of infinite space’

For the Elizabethan mind, bad dreams were a symptom of melancholy, and it is both the melancholic disposition in Hamlet’s nature and his response to the overwhelming awfulness of his experiences that lie at the root of his tragedy. He answers the ghostly call to avenge his father&

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italiano a modello 1

Italiano a modello 1 focuses on reception and production skills in writing. Through a series of carefully selected short simple literary texts, it also implicitly develops a taste for reading and a critical appreciation of target language. Each module helps the students with comprehension of the texts by working on

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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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