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Italy Shows Britain (And The Rest Of Us) How To Return The Parthenon’s Looted Friezes

“The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports has announced that Italy will return a fragment of the Parthenon Frieze, which has been on loan as part of a cultural exchange.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Britain, Italy, Visual, Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, Parthenon Frieze


How a Mosaic from Caligula’s Party Boat Became a Coffee Table in a New York City Apartment 50 Years Ago

Imagine owning Caligula’s coffee table — or, better yet, a coffee table made from the mosaic flooring that once covered the infamously cruel Roman Emperor’s party boats. Art dealer and Manhattanite Helen Fioratti owned such a table for 45 years, but she had no idea what it was until she happened to go to a 2013 book signing by author and Italian stone expert Dario Del Bufalo. There, a friend noticed her table in Del Bufalo’s coffee table book, Porphyry, “about the reddish-purple rock muc...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Asia, College, New York City, History, Rome, Italy, Brian Cox, Anderson Cooper, The New York Times, Benito Mussolini, Josh Jones, Park Avenue, Fioretti, Caligula


Italy’s “Netflix For The Arts” Is Now Open Across Europe

“ITsART … was rolled out across 26 European countries on Tuesday, with plans to expand into the U.S. and China next year. … Prices range from €2.90 ($3.25) for a movie to €9.90 ($11.10) for an exclusive live opera.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Europe, China, Italy, Issues


Opera As Mountains To Be Summited

Matthew Aucoin finds impossibility to be a constant in the history of opera. “The art form’s first practitioners, in seventeenth-century Italy strove to re-create the effect of ancient Greek drama, which of course they had never heard.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, Italy, Matthew Aucoin


Museums v business: the growing market for cultural digitisation

As sales of licensed goods soars, battles loom over the use of works by long-dead artistsThis summer, the Uffizi gallery threatened to sue Pornhub for using its masterpieces in a “classic nudes” video. “Some people think of museums as boring, stuffy or dull,” posed the adult streaming site. “But what if we told you they housed a collection of priceless porn?” The video re-enacted erotic scenes from art history using artworks including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, housed in the Uffizi in Florence...
Tags: Art, Europe, Business, Law, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Italy, Intellectual Property, Pornhub, Botticelli, Florence Pornhub


Roman villa with world’s only Caravaggio mural up for sale

Villa Aurora set to go on auction in January with opening bid of almost €500mA sprawling villa in Rome containing the only ceiling mural ever painted by the Italian master Caravaggio is being put up for sale for almost €500m (£422m).The 2.75-metre wide painting Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte in the 16th century to adorn the ceiling in what was his alchemy laboratory at Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, better known as Villa Aurora. Continue ...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Pluto, Villa Aurora, Caravaggio, Jupiter Neptune, Francesco Maria Del Monte, Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, Villa Aurora Continue


Down Mexico Way (with a detour to Italy)

I could not at first remember why I bore a grudge against the late Angela Carter. But a rapid search turned up, as its first item, a review in The London Review of Books for 24 January 1985, of The Official Foodie Handbook by Ann Barr and me. The piece is uninformed, egregiously silly and vindictive in a class-warfare way.  Angela Carter mistakenly thought that Ann Barr’s books for the now renamed Harper’s & Queen magazine, The Sloane Ranger Handbook that she wrote with Peter York, and the Foodi...
Tags: Art, Usa, Mexico, Levy, Italy, Guatemala, Richard, NICK, Puglia, Ajblogs, Angela Carter, Henry, Valley, Angela, Barr, Mexico Italy


Spain To Give Every 18-Year-Old A €400 Culture Pass

The program budgeted for 2022 is similar to young adults’ culture passes established in France (€300) and Italy (€500). A key difference is that the money will be divided so that not all of it can be spent only on theater tickets or books or opera. – The Local (Spain)
Tags: Art, France, Spain, Italy, Issues, Audience


Progress: Italy’s Arts Venues Allowed To Open At Full Capacity

“After months of struggling with an income from 50% houses the Council of Ministers has decided that theatres, cinemas, and cultural venues in the white zones (and currently all of Italy is in that category), can augment their capacity to 100%.” – Gramilano (Milan)
Tags: Art, Italy, Issues, Audience, Council of Ministers


Why Scientists Can’t Recreate the Sound of Stradivarius Violins: The Mystery of Their Inimitable Sound

In his influential 1936 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” critic Walter Benjamin used the word “aura” to describe an artwork’s “presence in time and space” — an explanation of the thrill, or chill, we get from standing before a Jackson Pollock, say, or a Michelangelo, rather than a photograph of the same. Writing in the age of radio, photography, and newspapers, Benjamin believed that aura could not be transmitted or copied: “Even the most perfect reproducti...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Europe, Music, Texas, College, Green, Italy, Jackson Pollock, Benjamin, Josh Jones, Francesco, Texas A M University, Walter Benjamin, Cremona Italy, Amati


Unknown Tennessee Williams Story Sees Print At Last

“Honored worldwide as a playwright, Williams also wrote dozens of short stories. A rarely seen piece, ‘The Summer Woman,’ [written in the 1950s and] set in Italy, appears this week in the fall issue of the literary quarterly The Strand Magazine.” – AP
Tags: Art, Williams, Italy, Words


Nino Castelnuovo, Star Of The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, 84

“If he achieved international notice with Umbrellas, he did not truly attain fame in Italy until 1967, for his role as Renzo in a television series based on Alessandro Manzoni’s 1827 literary epic, The Betrothed.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Italy, Cherbourg, Alessandro Manzoni, Renzo, Nino Castelnuovo, 09.12.21


Italy Seizes 500 Fake Francis Bacon Works

“Five people have been charged with criminal conspiracy to authenticate and circulate fake works of art and fraud and money laundering.” – The Guardian (UK)(AFP)
Tags: Art, UK, Italy, Visual, 09.10.21


A startup is now making artificial hearts for terminally ill patients

Carmat's artificial heart imitates the functions of the human heart. Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images French company Carmat said it would begin selling artificial hearts in the second quarter of 2021. The heart is mainly targeted at patients suffering from terminal or "endstage" heart failure. A man suffering from end-stage heart failure received an artificial heart implant, the startup said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A French company developing the worl...
Tags: Health, Design, France, Germany, Trends, Tech, Bloomberg, Inventions, Paris, Italy, Heart Health, Heart, Heart Failure, Tech Insider, Artificial Heart, Bertrand Guay


How street art is helping young migrants paint a brighter future in Italy

An innovative community project has brightened buildings, ‘brought people together’ and provided an emotional outlet after traumatic journeysJadhav*, 18, from Bangladesh, arrived in Italy 10 months ago, but is still haunted by memories of his journey with people smugglers across the Mediterranean Sea.“There were 156 people packed into a small boat. There were women and children,” says Jadhav in broken Italian and Bengali translated on a smartphone app. “Waves were coming over the side. People we...
Tags: Art, Europe, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Migration, Italy, Refugees, Global development, Bangladesh, Street Art, Migration And Development, Mediterranean Sea, Jadhav


Italy’s Surreal New Fellini Museum Reconfigures A Historic Downtown

The museum occupies two historic buildings, with a large piazza in between, effectively reconfiguring a significant part of Rimini’s downtown. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, RIMINI


The ‘Netflix Of Italian Culture’ Is Coming (And A Lot of It Will Be Free)

Operating along the lines of France TV’s Culturebox, the streaming service ITsART.tv offers concerts, theater, dance, opera, virtual museum tours, cinema, and documentaries. It’s already online in Italy and Britain and will debut in the rest of Europe and the US in coming months. – Variety
Tags: Art, Europe, US, Britain, Italy, Issues, France TV


Alleged Italian drugs kingpin linked to stolen Van Goghs arrested in Dubai

Raffaele Imperiale, suspected of buying Van Gogh paintings on black market, considered one of Italy’s most dangerous fugitives One of Italy’s most wanted men, an alleged top drug trafficker suspected of having bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on the black market, has been arrested in Dubai.Raffaele Imperiale, an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organised crime syndicate, was arrested on 4 August, Italy’s state police and financial crimes police corps said in a joint statement on T...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Italy, Dubai, Organised Crime, Naples, Van Gogh, Camorra, Van Goghs, Raffaele Imperiale


Alleged Italian drugs kingpin arrested in Dubai

Raffaele Imperiale is suspected of having bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on black market One of Italy’s most wanted men, an alleged top drug trafficker suspected of having bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on the black market, has been arrested in Dubai.Raffaele Imperiale, an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organised crime syndicate, was arrested on 4 August, Italy’s state police and financial crimes police corps said in a joint statement on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Italy, Dubai, Organised Crime, Naples, Van Gogh, Camorra, Raffaele Imperiale


Perfectly Rectilinear Food Trucks from Italy

Food trucks in America aren't exactly designey vehicles; they're all pretty much variations on old ice cream trucks.Unsurprisingly, Italy—land of both designey vehicles and passionate eaters—won't stand for this form factor. As an example, the Europa line of autonegozi (loosely translated, "shop on wheels," i.e. food truck) sold by Italian manufacturer A.F. Autonegozi are these perfectly rectilinear marvels:Their design seems to waste not an inch (er, centimeter) of space:If you're curious to se...
Tags: Food, Design, Cars, America, Italy


Italy’s Best Wood For Musical Instruments May Be In Danger

For centuries, the spruces of Val di Fiemme have been used in the greatest instruments Italy produces, from Stradivari violins to Fazioli pianos. Here’s why these evergreens are so good for their purpose — and what threats they face, from bark beetles to wind storms. – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, Music, Italy, Val, Stradivari, Fazioli


Italy’s New UNESCO Sites in Padua, Bologna, and Tuscany

The 2021 UNESCO session raised Italy's number of World Heritage Sites to 58—the most of any country in the world.
Tags: Travel, Art, Architecture, Unesco, Italy, Bologna, Tuscany, World Heritage Sites, Padua, Italy News, Culture & Living, Padua Bologna


Padua’s Frescoes, Bologna’s Porticoes, and Montecatini Terme Are Italy’s Newest UNESCO Sites

The 2021 UNESCO session raised Italy's number of World Heritage Sites to 58—the most of any country in the world.
Tags: Travel, Art, Architecture, Unesco, Italy, Bologna, Tuscany, World Heritage Sites, Padua, Italy News, Culture & Living


3D-printed House of Dust connects a 1967 poem to modern technology

3D-printed houses and other structures are becoming increasingly more common, but none have a creation story quite like The House of Dust, a livable structure in Wiesbaden, Germany that connects 1967 to today through the words of a poem. “The House of Dust” was initially a poem, created in 1967 by Alison Knowles and James Tenney with the aid of a Siemens 4004 computer. Knowles created word lists that describe attributes of houses. The words were then translated into Fortran computer programming...
Tags: Design, US, House, Italy, Siemens, Knowles, Chelsea New York, James Tenney, Wiesbaden Germany, Alison Knowles, Cal Arts Burbank California, WASP World, House of Dust the company, House of Dust, Museum Wiesbaden


A redesign helps an Enel power plant transition away from coal

In a competition to create designs to update power plants in Italy, Frigerio Design Group takes the win with its forward-thinking and innovative approach. The Andrea Palladio power plant in Fusina (Venice) needs a facelift. More specifically, it needs a conversion away from fossil fuel dependence. In a contest titled, “New Energy Spaces,” the environmental transition presented by Frigerio Design Group outlined the solutions needed for Enel, the electricity and gas production company behind the c...
Tags: Energy, Design, Businesses, Italy, Venice, Power Plant, Enel, Coal-fired Power Plants, Fusina, Frigerio Design Group, Fusina Venice, Enel the University of Venice IUAV, Luigi Brugnato Mayor of Venice Brugnato, Enel Italia, Frigerio Design Group Images


Arturo Schwarz, Refugee Who Became A Surrealism Tycoon, 97

Schwarz was expelled from Egypt in 1949, arrived penniless in Italy, and went on to found a prominent gallery devoted to Dadaist and Surrealist art in Milan and become probably the world’s greatest self-made collector and donor of work from those artistic movements.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Milan, People, Egypt, Italy, Schwarz, 07.23.21, Arturo Schwarz


Italian thermal spa celebrates 101st anniversary with a sustainable renovation

First completed in 1919, Terme di Saturnia is a world-renowned resort and spa in Italy that is steeped in history. Now, the property has completed a sustainable renovation thanks to London-based studio THDP. The new design concept celebrates the natural conditions of the original thermal spring with preserved wooden furnishings, décor crafted by local artisans and green spaces. “The initial briefing strived to achieve a visible and perceived renewal, while retaining the original internal archit...
Tags: Design, London, Italy, Thermal, Wood, Interior Design, Locally Sourced Materials, Pitigliano, Living Wall, Lorenzo Bellini, Manuela Mannino, Giorgio Baroni


Italy Embraces “Vaccine Green Card” Program

Italy will impose a new “vaccine green card” policy for public spaces and cultural institutions like art museums, The Guardian reports. “But the Delta variant is threatening. It spreads much more quickly than other variants,” says prime minister Mario Draghi. “I invite all Italians to get vaccinated and to do so straight away. Without vaccinations, we’d have […]
Tags: Art, News, Mario Draghi, Italy, Art News, Minipost


Italy, Like France, Will Require COVID Vaccine ‘Green Pass’ To Enter Arts Venues

The rule will also apply to stadiums, gyms, and indoor restaurants. Said prime minister Mario Draghi, “Without vaccinations, we’d have to close everything again.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, France, Mario Draghi, Italy, Issues


G20 nations subsidized $3 trillion in fossil fuels since Paris agreement

A report by BloombergNEF and Bloomberg Philanthropies shows that G20 countries have continued subsidizing fossil fuels at the expense of the environment. Despite committing to tackle climate change, G20 countries have provided more than $3.3 trillion in subsidies to fossil fuel since the Paris climate agreement in 2015. Antha Williams, the environment lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies, says that countries have committed to tackling climate change on paper, but actions tell a different story. “On ...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, G20, Pollution, Fossil Fuels, Paris, Italy, Un, Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Antha Williams, Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance NZAOA, NZAOA, Thallinger



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