A ‘Taste’ of Expo in Florence

  Mark Massey   The impact of Milan Expo is being felt in Florence, as the city serves up a platter of exhibitions and events related to the Expo’s theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.’ The events have already been going on for several months, but October is the last month to enjoy …

UNESCO Adds Three Italian Sites to World Network of Biosphere Reserves

The Italian sites of the Ledro Alps/Judicaria, Appennino Tosco-Emiliano, and Pro Delta reserves have been added to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The three Italian designations are among 20 others that have recently been added to the UNESCO list of these specific reserves, which lists the nominees as “places for learning about sustainable …

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 …

A Spectrum of Paul Jenkins in Prato

  This autumn, the Museo di Pittura Murale in San Domenico and Galleria Open Art in Prato showcase American artist Paul Jenkins’ life-long adoration of Italy with the exhibition The Spectrum of Light. Widely considered an influential figure in twentieth-century art, Jenkins sought expression through the merging and alignment of color. Two years after his …

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 …