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Tomato or the “apple of love”?

Among the edible gifts brought from Christopher Columbus’ New World, the tomato deserves a special mention for its contribution to our cultural-gourmand cuisine. Solanum Lypersicum, arrived from Mexico, with a dazzling color, full of erotic allusions, and was called the apple of love: “the apple of love changed into the tomato, also contributing to the transformation of its color between red and orange” (O. Pianigiani). Considered a decorative vegetable, very little nutritious, it’s only in the second half of ‘600, when an aristocratic Neapolitan cook book, offers the first recipe of the tomato sauce. Antonio Latini, author of the precedent delight says: “take half a dozen of ripe tomatoes, place them on the grill to brown, and mixed together with a good quality oil, you will have made a tasty sauce”.

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    The Tuscan Sky

    Have you looked at the sky today?

    I find, among the wonders of Florence, that the Tuscan sky above it is by far the most wonderful of them all. It has always made me question whether the great minds that emerged and created in this city would have been so exceptional under different colors.

    It is true that greatness takes inspiration, be it through grace or hardship.

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      Expo Milan 2015 Six months of exhibitions, meetings, conferences and events

      After six months of exhibitions, meetings, conferences and events, Expo 2015 is coming to an end. A Universal Exposition, organized by the nation in Milan, with the participation more than 140 nations. Every pavilion offers a journey through the culture, perfumes, colors and traditions of its people.

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        Donatello In the Sagrestia Vecchia in San Lorenzo

        Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, known as Donatello, (Firenze 1383/1386 – Firenze 1466) was an amazing talent. During his long artistic career he created works of art using various techniques and materials, from sculpting in marble, rock, wood, clay, plaster and bronze to the use of mosaic, from designing windows to incursions in architecture. He learnt to work in bronze as a young man, being the assistant of Lorenzo Ghiberti. Filippo Brunelleschi was a good friend of Donatello and together they went to visit Rome to discover ancient statues and architecture. After their return to Florence, they worked together to realize one of the most surprising environments of the fifteenth century, the Old Sacristy in San Lorenzo.

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          The new season of Teatro della Pergola

          Built in 1695, by the will of the Accademia degli Immobili, under the auspices of the Cardinal Giovan Carlo de’ Medici, Pergola Theater has known in the last few years one of the most tempestuous and relevant seasons of its long history. Recently united with the Pontedera Theater Foundation under the name of Teatro della Toscana and with the meaningful recent recognition of National Theater, Pergola is one of the most important theaters in Italy today. The most remarkable novelty of this season is the interest taken in training projects, articulated through the “Orazio Costa” Training Program for Actors – biennial school that cultivates and deepens the legacy of Orazio Costa, one of the first pedagogues-directors who worked and lived his last years at Pergola – and Oltrarno, ambitious acting graduate school run by Pierfrancesco Favino with a triennial cycle, full time and totally free.

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            Life as an artist in Florence

            Florence… for centuries the home of artists. Why? For so many reasons Florence inspires artists of both the past and present. Florence is unlike any other city in the world. It is not an exaggeration to say, it is magical. To follow in the footsteps of where old masters once walked, the legacy of their works in the museums, churches and galleries, the architecture and sculptures of every street is just the beginning…there is also the diversity of the city both with the locals and the visitors who come from every corner of the world and here, more than any other place we know, invites conversation in the piazzas, the restaurants and even in line at the markets. Everyone has a story to share and that is essentially what an artist is…a story-teller.

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              The Nuova Antologia The autobiography of the nation

              It was the rise of the capital of Florence in 1865, that made it feel necessary for this country to have a cultural political period that would allow an open and qualified debate – beyond parliamentary controversy and the hastiness of the newspapers – about the great issues and problems of a politically united Italy, (only Venice and Rome were missing), but also to become unified in so many other issues. In Florence, the tradition was prestigious. Between 1821 and 1832 the “Antologia” by Gian Pietro Vieusseux, Gino Capponi and Niccolò Tommaseo had contributed – until the censors ordered it to be suppressed – to the formation of the national consciousness, imposing itself on an European level in the battle for the progress of a civil society, for the emancipation of the lower classes, education of the women, training of farmers, the improvement of the economic conditions through savings.

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                Impressionisti e Moderni Capolavori dalla Phillips Collection di Washington

                Sixty-two paintings from America’s first museum of modern art. A treasured Washington, D.C. institution opened to the public in 1921, The Phillips Collection was conceived by its founder, Duncan Phillips, as “an intimate museum combined with an experiment station” in the nation’s capital where the art of one’s time would be exhibited in the company of well-known masterpieces. The Phillips Collection is recognized around the world today for its premiere collection of modern and contemporary art.

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                  The Venice Art Biannual The humanistic fascination of the contemporary in Venice - Until November 30

                  Now in its 56th Edition, the International Art Exhibition is currently taking place in Venice until the 22nd November, and is complemented by other events hosted by the Biennale di Venezia which focus on different media including cinema. Now 120 years old, the Art Biennial aims to act as an international site in which to explore contemporary global realities. The event consists of many pavilions in which countries present the work of national artists.

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                    Artist Jeff Koons poses in front of "Balloon Dog," background and a section of the stainless steel "Jim Beam - J.B. Turner Train," foreground, on display at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. The more than 10-foot-high chromium stainless steel sculpture of a balloon-animal dog has an orange metallic coating is part of an exhibit of about 60 other sculptures and paintings by Koons. Chicago, Thursday, May 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

                    Jeff Koons Contemporary humanist

                    In the technological chaos that increasingly takes over the most intimate dimension of the human being, even art, such logic tempts to often exchange the use of technology as an ending and not as a means. A beautiful exception is represented by American, Jeff Koons. Originally from New York, Pennsylvania, a dynamic reality of the American steel industry (the scenes from The Deer Hunter are unforgettable), since childhood he has shown a profound sense of aesthetics together with an acute observing capacity to the surrounding reality.

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                      Stefano Alinari His models are unique and unrepeatable

                      Stefano Alinari is an artist with solid training as a goldsmith, a training that he began in Florence at the Art Institute of Porta Romana and then matured under the guidance of excellent teachers. In 1988 he is ready to open his shop in via San Zanobi, n. 24/r, where he develops his artistic research “devoted to Beauty” and meets artists and writers in a place that has become a lively and active cultural center. In this laboratory are born precious jewels, unique pieces that focus on asymmetric fragmentation of the elements assembled into a harmonious, original whole, testifying to the conceptual designed unity.

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