Marcello Barenghi, 100% Italian excellence

50-euro-billArt has no limits and that is why when we visit Marcello Barenghi’s Facebook profile we find comments as “amazing”, “incredibile“, “bravooo“, “brilliant”, “fantastic”, “je l’adore“, “just perfect”, “hermoso“, “spettacolare“, “so cool”, “genial”, “スゴい!”. There are so many praises and compliments… they pour like a waterfall. However, I think they can be summarized in a single phrase that was also found in the middle of the comments: “Barenghi… a totally Italian excellence.” And, it is in this way that the world shows itself before the work of the Italian illustrator Marcello Barenghi. Continue reading

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So come on. Count and walk, let’s go!

pepino-impastato

Extract from the blog “Peppino Impastato, una vita contro la mafia”

Peppino: You went to school, can you count?
Giovanni:
What you mean to count?
Peppino:
«to count», one, two, three, four. Do you know how to count?
Giovanni:
Yes, I know.
Peppino:
And can you walk?
Giovanni:
I can walk.
Peppino:
And counting while walking, all together, can you do that?
Giovanni:
Yes, I think so…
Peppino:
So, come on. Count and walk, let’s go! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight… Forward, count and walk! […] ninety-six, ninety-seven, ninety-eight, ninety-nine, a hundred… a hundred steps!
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Holy shit, Nanni! We (don’t) Have a Pope: fiction foreshadows reality

The last scene of Nanni Moretti’s film

«I ask the Lord for forgiveness for what I am about to do, and I don’t know if he can forgive me. However, I should to talk to Him and to you sincerely. These days, I have thought a lot about you, and unfortunately I realized that I’m not able to support the role that was given to me. I feel that I am among those who cannot lead, but must be led. At this moment, I can only ask: pray for me. The guide you need is not me. I cannot.» Continue reading

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Art is alive in Italy 3 – windows of Venice

windows-of-veniceThe Italian windows are one of the things that enchant me the most. The first photo I took of a window, I did shyly (it was quite a furtive action), but it was really lovely. I could not hold back its effect on me. I went on in my way, happy with that enchanted window inside my camera, but more and more windows began to turn up, an infusion of beauty, they showed up again and again and again. Each one prettier than the last, they were simply there, provoking me, as if to challenge me and at the end of my stay in Italy, there I wasn’t at all furtive anymore, and my photo collection of windows (it is unbelievable) was larger than ever. Small, large, single, double or triple, decorated with embroidered curtains or flowers, flags and multicolored pinwheels… nothing mattered anymore, the windows had won and I found myself an Italian windows addict. It was hard to walk around without tripping over, and it was even worse to walk around in Venice with all those windows… and stairs. Continue reading

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Antonio Canova: 255 years

Antonio Canova, one of the greatest Italian sculptors, was born in Possagno, situated at the foot of the Monte Grappa, Treviso, on November 1st, 1757.  The house downtown where he was born is intact to these days and its doors are open to visitors. The Antonio Canova’s Museum and Gipsoteca [Gallery of Plaster Casts] can be seen there, and it has been a space for art lovers. In the Gipsoteca are exposed all the plaster casts models of Canova’s most important operas. Continue reading

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Sistine Chapel celebrates 500 years

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The criation of Adam, by Michelangelo (Photo by Jörg Lohrer/Flickr-Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 2.0) Licence)

The Sistine Chapel celebrates 500 years today. On October 31, 1512, the Pope Julius II inaugurated the last stage of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s paintings, considered absolute masterpieces of western art. The construction works started in 1475 during the pontificate of Sisto IV, who gave his name to the Chapel. The Sistine Chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of Assumption, is one of the most important artistic and cultural treasures of the Vatican City and a World Heritage Site. Continue reading

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Life is Beautiful with Benigni.. really!

To talk about Roberto Benigni a few paragraphs are certainly not enough, but it would take me the same time of his existence: he turns 60 years old today, and most of them he has passed making our lives more beautiful. I have to thank for all the times he made me laugh and smile, which happened a lot. Living in the same generation as Benigni for me is a gift… a true gift, also because we celebrate on the same day… Best Wishes for both of us. I hope life is more beautiful with each passing day! Continue reading

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Art is alive in Italy 2 – Florence Cathedral

 Filippo Brunelleschi, the great Florence architect

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Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral view from Piazzale Michelangelo

Filippo Brunelleschi, Italian sculptor and architect, was born in Florence in 1377. Son of a notary, Brunelleschi had a learning opportunity in a goldsmith’s workshop, an occupation which soon had left place to sculpture and architecture, his true passions. Together with Donatello e Masaccio, he was one of the great initiators of the Florentine Renaissance and the inventor of perspective with a single vanishing point (central perspective). Continue reading

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Venice Biennal 2012 – Winning films

The wè-stato-il-figlio-filminning films of the 69th International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of Venice have been released. There are two Italian films awarded: È stato il figlio by Daniele Cipri and Bella Addormentata by Marco Bellocchio. For both, the Sicilian actor Fabrizio Falco, 24, was awarded the Prize “Marcello Mastroianni” to a Young Actor or Actress Emergent. È stato il figlio received also the Award for Best Technical Contribution and Photography. Continue reading

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Brazil is present at Venice Film Festival

 the-"palazzo-del-cinema"-in-the-evening

Palazzo del Cinema [Congress Venue] (Photo by Francesco/Flickr-Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 2.0) Licence)

The Brazilian short-film O Afinador [The Tuner] is present at the Venice International Film Festival that starts on August 29th. Fernando Camargo and Mahteus Parizi‘s film has the participation of Sandra Corveloni (winner of Cannes in 2008), Lui Seixas and Norival Rizzo and is part of the section Orizzonti [Horizons]. The 15’ production tells the history of Paulo, a young piano tuner who wants to become a concert player. O Afinador will be shown in Venice on days 6 and 8 of September, when the Festival will be closed. Continue reading

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