La guerra di Troia e i miti greci visti con gli occhi di un bambino Narrativa per ragazzi: debutta in libreria il volume “Il Sogno dell’eroe” (ed. SEF) del fiorentino Andrea Ambrosino. “Una storia del passato per gli uomini del futuro”

"La nostra storia si svolge in una piccola isola della Grecia e più precisamente in un minuscolo paese in riva al mare". Inizia così, quasi in punta di piedi, il nuovo libro di Andrea Ambrosinointitolato Il Sogno dell'Eroe, edito da Società Editrice Fiorentina, che uscirà in libreria il 22 ottobre. La storia vede come protagonista il piccolo Tancredi che spinto in sogno dalla dea Atena, parte per un viaggio dal quale dipenderanno le sorti della nascenteguerra di Troia.​ ​ Un elmo magico, una dea battagliera, uno strano sogno, l'incontro con un grande re, un arco prodigioso e un fedele gatto al seguito: questi gli ingredienti di un libro per bambini che mischia il sapore antico della mitologia greca con la tenerezza di una favola della buona notte raccontata al proprio figlio.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“Magnificent” and “La Divina Bellezza” Two works of modern art

It is not to establish a list that will encourage ancient rivalry between Florence and Siena that we speak about in this article, but about two videos, wonders of technology applied through art, Magnificent of Florence and La Divina Bellezza of Siena. Even if they were both born from the need to draw to Tuscany direct visitors at the Expo Milan, they are designed to be featured longer in the Exhibition itself. There are discussions about making them permanent installations, because they chose to narrate two different stories, both of them using projected works of art, in a synthesis that recalls and revitalizes the meaning of paintings, architecture and sculptures from distant centuries.

Behind the scenes of The Medici Dynasty Show

What was the motivation behind the birth of the project? The project is born from a reflection on the possibility to continue to work in the theater, a field in which Italy is a leading Master, and especially a reflection on the possibility to be able to show it in Florence, valorizing the resources that the city has to offer and the cultural-artistic heritage that more and more foreign visitors want to know about.

Cosimo de’ Medici, Pater Patriae

Cosimo de’ Medici also knows as Pater Patriae was born on September 27, 1389, during a prosperous period for Florence. Inheriting the influence of his father, Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici, he was to become a great art collector, business leader and historian. He represented the Medici bank, managed the papacy’s finances and became the wealthiest man of his time. Cautious like his father but ruling with a firmer hand, his speech and actions were well balanced.

Armida “Pupa” Nardi The versatile Florentine artist inaugurates her new Art Studio

In September, Armida “Pupa” Nardi, versatile Florentine artist, inaugurates her new Art Studio in the heart of Florence, in Piazza dei Giudici 4/5 r, in front of the Galileo Museum and next to Uffizi. An artist’s studio that wants to be a place of Culture and Beauty, a refined and intimate lounge where meetings and conferences on artistic, historic and social themes will be hosted. Pupa has always had a “visceral” relationship with Florence, a city to which she feels very attached, stating: “I was born in the splendid Florence and have had the fortune to breathe Art in all its forms. My passion for Art and Painting in particular, has grown alongside with me and I always cultivated it, together with my passion for theater, the study of foreign languages and travelling”.

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