Celebrating Saint Anna on July 26

  July 26 marks the celebration of the Festival of Saint Anna, mother of the Virgin Mary and protector of Florence’s liberty and identity. The celebration begins with a historic procession at the Piazza di Parte Guelfa at 8:45 p.m. with 100 participants dressed in costume, which proceeds to Piazza della Signoria and then on …

The Dwarf Morgante

    A Historical Interpretation of a Jovial Sculpture By Angela Oberer His real name was Braccio di Bartolo, but everybody called him Morgante. His physical particularity become his profession: he served as a court dwarf for Cosimo I. The position of ‘court dwarf’ was one that was offered by all the important rulers in …

Ponte Santa Trinita: Olivia Turchi

  by Marine Le Canne   Renowned for its artisan workshops, the Oltrarno has been known for its industrial production since the medieval era. In fact, the characterization of these workshops along specific streets is still evident today. However, with the transfer of the ducal Medici residence to Palazzo Pitti in the mid-sixteenth century, the …

The English Patient Revisited

  Lee Foust 1992 Booker Prize-winning novel The English Patient by Sri-Lankan-born Canadian poet and novelist Michael Ondaatje is an enormously pleasurable read, even if its theme of diversity and intersection makes a mess of traditional linear narrative form. Successful enough to be made into an Oscar-winning film (Best Picture!), with its two unexpected romances, …

Shakespeare and Italy

  Italy and the English Gothic romance   Lee Foust In my previous article on Italy in Gothic literature (FN&E, May 2014) I explored a few of the Roman and medieval texts that influenced the English and American tradition of presenting Gothic tales in an Italian setting. Besides the classical association of the volcanoes Vesuvius …

The Pure, Simple and Natural in Art in Florence Between the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

The Pure, Simple and Natural extended until Jan. 6   Uffizi exhibition The Pure, Simple and Natural in Art in Florence Between the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries has been extended until January 6.   The exhibit seeks to challenge prevailing ideas that Florence’s civic culture during the Renaissance was a conservative one, examining the identity …

Bargello Announces Donatello Restoration Complete

  The Bargello Museum has announced the restoration of Donatello’s bronze Crucifixion complete.   The relief, originally completed between 1453 and 1454, underwent its most thorough restoration yet and is finally ready to be shown again in the Bargello. The restoration took six months and cost approximately €20,000, which was funded by Friends of Florence. …