Mimosa Flower and Social Change

The historical roots of women’s day. Fluffy yellow mimosa flowers pinned to lapels, carried in bouquets or decorating table-tops announce in more than 100 countries all over the world the international day dedicated to women. But what are the historical roots of this celebration day and what is its real significance? The mimosa flower has …

Exhibiting Models of Leonardo’s Designs

The exhibit presents working models of Leonardo’s designs that the Niccolai family has been reconstructing since 1995, when Carlo Niccolai dedicated himself to working full-time with the desire to realise Leonardo’s legacy. His passion founded the Niccolai Collection, the largest private collection of Leonardo models in the world, comprised of more than 300 working models …

Electronic Renaissance

Alex Park Palazzo Strozzi is presenting the exhibition Bill Viola: Electronic Renaissance from March 10 to July 23. Curated by Palazzo Strozzi’s director Arturo Galansino and Bill Viola Studio’s executive director Kira Perov, Electronic Renaissance reviews Viola’s career, marked by a combination of technological research and aesthetic reflection, from his 1970’s early video experiments to …

Galleria Il Ponte Presents Giulio Turcato

Exhibit runs until April 14 WILLIAM FRENCH Galleria Il Ponte presents Inventare spazi (Inventing Spaces), an exhibition dedicated to Giulio Turcato (1912-1995), a painter considered one of the greatest representatives of Italian abstract and informal art. Among the promoters of the Art Club (1945) and Forma I (1947), the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti, Gruppo degli …

Giovanni Dal Ponte on Display

WILLIAM FRENCH Exhibit runs until March 12 at the Accademia Gallery The Accademia Gallery is hosting the first monographic event ever dedicated to the painter Giovanni dal Ponte (1385–1437/8). Curated by Angelo Tartuferi and Lorenzo Sbaraglio, the exhibit, which runs until March 12, showcases around 50 artworks. Dal Ponte’s style betrayed an acute awareness of …

Uffizi Presents Program of Exhibits

The Gallerie degli Uffizi museum complex released the program of its 2017 temporary exhibits last month. The program ranges from the Renaissance to a commemoration of the October Revolution, as well as solo exhibitions by contemporary artists. A number of restored works and new acquisitions will also be presented. A major exhibition at Palazzo Pitti …

Taste Wine with Pino In a renovated 700-year-old well

‘Pozzo Divino’ is a witty play on words: literally meaning ‘divine well’, it also translates as ‘wine well’ when read as ‘Pozzo di Vino’. The ancient well is now the cellar that hosts Pozzo Divino’s wine tours. Dating back to 1312, the well was built to supply water through a vast system of underground tunnels …

The ‘Italian’ Dishes that Don’t Actually Exist in Italy

Tourists who travel Italy, and more generally foreigners, have misconceptions about authentic Italian food. They are often surprised to find that common Italian-American dishes such as penne alfredo, garlic bread, spaghetti with meatballs and pepperoni pizza are nowhere to be found in Italy. They quickly discover that America’s favorite Italian foods are not actually at …