Caterina de’ Medici Italian style at the Court of France

It has been said that the Queen would be from a beautiful and important country just like France and that on that throne, Henry II of Valois will be waiting for her, that charming young man with a blue velvet jerkin, who looked at her with eyes proud of a glorious past and full of a bright future, from the miniature that gallant ambassadors have delivered to his uncle, Pope Clemente VII de’ Medici. But their meeting before the wedding, in Marseille, October 22, 1533, was disappointing. The bridegroom, still seduced by the smooth beauty of its mature and experienced mistress, Diane de Poitiers, at the sight of this pale 14 year old girl of small royalty, bundled up in a dress too important to her, even if approved by Isabella Gonzaga, a fashion guru of the time, was so disappointed that he almost threatened to wreck the marriage.

Monna Tessa The philanthropist “nanny”

Monna Tessa, who was she? Changing the famous phrase of The Betrothed, she wasn’t a philosopher, but, according to tradition, the inspirer of the foundation of a fundamental Florentine institution; nevertheless, as much as Carneade in the Manzoni Novel, an almost forgotten figure today. She was the Portinari educator and governess, family factotum and trustworthy women; she brought up and trained Beatrice, “forbidden” and idealized love of Dante, but what makes us her precious it’s above all that she persuaded Beatrice’s father, Folco Portinari, to finance the foundation of the hospital known today as Santa Maria Nuova.

And the Oscar goes to… The curtain falls over the 87th Annual Academy

On February 22 the Oscar marathon ended, an event that kept most fans glued to the TV all night, waiting for the winners to be announced. This is an increasingly social event that has touched important issues this year, such as feminism, illness, immigration and the situation of the black American people. “I recently read an article that said that winning an Oscar extends your lifespan with five years. Well, if that were true, I would like to thank the Academy because my husband is now younger than me.“ And with these filled with emotion words, the splendid Julianne More, proclaimed best actress for the movie Still Alice, started her acceptance speech. Assuming the role of the affected by Alzheimer’s Linguistics Professor she has finally received her first Oscar win: an announced milestone that could no longer be postponed, crowning a blazing career.

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