A guide to 7 books that will provide a great route into the subject of Art History in Florence.
The Florentine: Your latest book, Italy Invades, takes readers on a tour of military history of il bel Paese. How extensive have Italy’s invasions been down the centuries? Christopher Kelly: Italians have really gotten around. Everyone knows about Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, but Italians have an amazing
John Hooper, Southern Europe editor of the Guardian and Italy and Vatican correspondent for the Economist, Hooper’s many years of experience as a journalist and observer of Italian culture make him the perfect person to field questions about the people we all know and love, yet rarely completely understand.
The 450th anniversary of the death, at 88, of the great Renaissance sculptor, architect, painter and poet, Florentine Michelangelo Buonarroti, has produced a flurry of new books about him and his work. One of the best and unique among these is Carl Smith’s What’s in a
As part of a project to safeguard and promote a hidden part of Florence’s heritage, the Advancing Women Artists Foundation has sponsored the restoration of seven works in the Museo Novecento and has published a new book about the female artists whose art forms part of the Florentine
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
The portrait of American author Henry James is amongst the paintings by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) currently at Palazzo Strozzi in the exhibition Americans in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists (see TF 159). James was a close friend of Sargent and instrumental in promoting the artist's career
The Fiddler's Elbow, also known as l'Irish has been frequented by locals in Florence, especially the English-speaking, for over 20 years. This popular watering hole in piazza Santa Maria Novella helped inspire CR Lloyd's book, The Second Shot, a controversial political thriller set in Florence, which
A dynamic conclusion to Paul Salsini's Tuscan trilogy of historical fiction, Dino's Story: A Novel of 1960s Tuscany is a tale of the young boy, Dino Sporenza, who we watch grow up throughout the series. The trilogy opens during World War II with The Cielo: A Novel of
Andrea Ponsi's Florence: A Map of Perceptions takes an unusual and innovative look at the birthplace of the Renaissance through the eyes of an architect. Ponsi, who has lived both in Florence and in the United States, takes both a personal and professional view of a city in which