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Italia anni Cinquanta

How did our country look like in the years of reconstruction after World War II and then after the “economic miracle”? We find ourselves flipping through family albums, like the illustrated periodicals that were issued back then, from the Illustrazione italiana, of the nineteenth century, to Epoca, the periodical of Alberto Mondadori, first issued on October 14th, 1950, dedicated to the common folk, having the goal to answer their questions. It started with the cover, showing the face of an anonymous, absolutely normal girl.

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    John Currin Paintings

    ohn Currin, one of the most appreciated artists of our time is the protagonist of a grand event in the Museum Stefano Bardini in Florence until the 2nd of October. Currin, the painter of sophisticated technique and visual culture, is known and appreciated for elegant portraits and even lascivious scenes interpreted with ironic realism, across the settings which are never banal. The interpretation of feminine sensuality and the psychology of American bourgeois results in almost surreal or even grotesque and unconventional artworks. In the exhibition, there will be a presentation of a series of paintings which are unprecedented in Italy.

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      A few words with Elena Bianchini The Workshop of Costumes and Scenes of the Pergola Theater

      Il Laboratorio Costumi e Scene del Teatro della Pergola – Teatro Nazionale della Toscana si trova nella sala ex-scenografia, situata sopra al palcoscenico, all’altezza del ballatoio. Un tempo sala di pittura scenografica che ha visto tra le sue mura molti maestri del nostro tempo, tra cui Franco Zeffirelli, oggi è un vero e proprio atelier sui tetti di Firenze, pieno di luce naturale che cambia ad ogni ora del giorno ed accompagna il lavoro in modo costante. Qui si lavora a 360 gradi sul costume storico e su quello contemporaneo, sui materiali tradizionali e sulla sperimentazione, sull’accessorio e sul dettaglio. Dietro le quinte di questo interessante progetto c’è una giovane di grande talento: Elena Bianchini, responsabile del Laboratorio.

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        I segni nel tempo Dibujos españoles de los Uffizi | Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid

        Questo evento è il culmine di un lungo cammino e di un ambizioso progetto promosso dalla Fundación Mapfre e dal Gabinetto di Disegni e Stampe
        degli Uffizi sotto la direzione scientifica del professore Benito Navarrete Prieto, e ha avuto come finalità lo studio della collezione dei disegni spagnoli della prestigiosa istituzione fiorentina. I risultati della ricerca sono confluiti in una pubblicazione che contiene 280 disegni e vari studi dove si approfondiscono con nuovi documenti le provenienze e si avvalora la singolarità della collezione.

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          Fyodor Dostoevsky

          Florence played a big role in the history of the world and Russian literature, inspiring dozens of writers, poets and publicists. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, Russian great writer, publicist, sophist, classic of Russian literature, was one of them. He has been in Florence twice and lived here for some time. Florentine roads and outside of the ancient houses still keep the memory about Dostoevsky. Fyodor Dostoevsky made his first visit to Florence in 1862 in the company of Nikolay Strakhov, Russian literary critic.

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            The Colours of Tuscany… That’s what I like the most about living here

            My friends and family often ask me what I like the most about living in Tuscany. “The people, the culture, the landscape, the food…”, I think to myself…“Its’ colours” I reply out-loud, and they look at me expectantly to explain. I am careful to note that, for me, all those other things that spring to mind make up the very authentic palette that Tuscany is so known and loved for. Granted, the colours of Tuscan seasons are enchanting, particularly spring and summer, but it is the “colours” I mean figuratively that make one fall in love with the place.

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              Sicily and More Originality and uniqueness

              Sicily and More is a small boutique settled in Florence, just around the corner from Ponte Vecchio, well known for its Craft Sicilian products, exclusively made in ceramics. Here you find the accurate research on the best craft products from Caltagirone, city where the ceramics are a completely excellence, Sciacca, Santo Stefano di Camastra and Burgio.


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                Street Style In Fashionable Florence

                Street Fashion, is the barometer of past collections, which reflects grass-root future classics. More readily identified with the youth in major urban centres, street fashion is the expression of individual city culture with a nod to global and more senior fashion influences.

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                  Giovanni Balducci’s restored canvases

                  Le due grandi tele di Giovanni Balducci (1560-1631), rappresentano un prezioso documento pittorico che faceva parte dell’arredo effimero degli imponenti apparati nuziali realizzati per il matrimonio del principe Ferdinando de’ Medici, poi Ferdinando I, Granduca di Toscana, e la principessa Cristina di Lorena. Le nozze avvennero nel 1589 e fecero cambiare aspetto, almeno per qualche tempo, alla cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Le due tele Cristo che cade sotto la Croce e il Compianto sul Cristo deposto erano gravemente danneggiate dall’umidità, dai molteplici spostamenti e per la fragile natura della materia di cui sono realizzate: una tempera a caseina di vacca su tela.

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                    San Martino a Mensola When simplicity is… the great beauty

                    It is one of the thousands of hidden gems in the Tuscan countryside. In fact, the church which is in Fiesole, just a step away from Florence, is an authentic treasure chest with an ancient history. Its renaissance appearance remained mostly intact from the mid-fifteen century, but the building was constructed on the pre-existing temple which dated back at least 600 years and which was already dedicated to Saint Martino. The restoration works were started in IX century by Saint Andrea di Scozia (originally Irish), who wanted to recover an abandoned church, which by then was in ruins.

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                      The new and impressive location of The Medici Dynasty Show Sant’Onofrio Church

                      This season the Medici Dynasty Show is staged in a beautiful new location: the Baroque Church of Sant’Onofrio inside the Il Fuligno Complex in via Faenza, 48. The complex dates back to the early fifteenth century and was previously used as a convent for many years. The location is rich in history and cultural heritage, hosting numerous works created by famous artists; including the famous Italian painter and sculptor Bicci di Lorenzo, who completed frescoes to decorate the rooms of the convent, which still remain today. The church where the show will be staged was restored and reconsecrated in 1601.

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