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Italian journalists have moved to set up a company in the name of a notorious mafia boss headquartered at 10 Downing Street – to illustrate weaknesses in British law they say helps people set up shell companies to launder money across the globe.
It’s official: Italy has a national anthem, just in time for the World Cup... oh.
Italy has defended its policy on blocking migrants in Libya, saying the deal, denounced as "inhumane" by the UN, was essential to stop boat departures towards Europe.
Two episodes of gritty mob show “Gomorrah 3” have shot to No. 1 at the Italian box office after pay-TV operator Sky Italia, trying out a new distribution strategy, put them in cinemas before broadcasting them on the small screen. The episodes earned four times as much in theaters as freshly released feature film “Borg/McEnroe.”
A portrait of Christ by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci has shattered all previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately, fetching a whopping $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's in New York. Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World), is one of only a score of Leonardo's works still in existence and the only one held privately.
More than 70 years after Italy’s iconic scooter was born, the Vespa is getting its most radical update yet.
Long Island’s newest Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace will also be the largest. At 10 a.m. on Dec. 1, the ribbon is to be cut in Melville, and customers will enter a 53,000-square-foot store that was formerly Waldbaum’s.
Italians living near one of the biggest steelworks in Europe have appealed to the government to protect their health after a dramatic photo showed water near the plant running red.
Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan is confident that measures implemented by his government to strengthen a fragile banking sector will deliver dividends, based on a declining debt forecast and a number of government reforms.
This week, instead of reviewing one of the city’s newest restaurants, Jonathan Gold revisits Santa Monica icon Valentino. The Times critic gives due credit to Piero Selvaggio’s 45-year-old establishment, explaining that “if you were a young diner plunging into the restaurant scene of the 1980s, Valentino was the restaurant you measured yourself against.” At the time, the restaurant was considered “the best Italian restaurant in the United States;” however, “the decades progress. Tastes change.”
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This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience three masterpieces by Caravaggio, one of the greatest painters of all time, from the Galleria Borghese's renowned collection. The paintings presented provide insight into three crucial stages in Caravaggio's short but intense career.
Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio (Italian, 1571–1610), is unquestionably one of the greatest painters of all time. His bold, naturalistic style, which emphasized the common humanity of the protagonists in his works, was both highly admired and controversial among his contemporaries. The Galleria Borghese in Rome is home to the most extraordinary group of Caravaggio’s paintings, spanning his career. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience three masterpieces from this renowned collection. The paintings presented provide insight into three crucial stages in Caravaggio's short but intense career.
Modigliani Unmasked considers the celebrated artist Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920) shortly after he arrived in Paris in 1906, when the city was still roiling with anti-Semitism after the long-running tumult of the Dreyfus Affair and the influx of foreign emigres. Modigliani’s Italian-Sephardic background helped forge a complex cultural identity that rested in part on the ability of Italian Jews historically to assimilate and embrace diversity. The exhibition puts a spotlight on Modigliani’s drawings, and shows that his art cannot be fully understood without acknowledging the ways the artist responded to the social realities that he confronted in the unprecedented artistic melting pot of Paris. The drawings from the Alexandre collection reveal the emerging artist himself, enmeshed in his own particular identity quandary, struggling to discover what portraiture might mean in a modern world of racial complexity.
The exhibition includes approximately 150 works, those from the Alexandre collection as well as a selection of Modigliani’s paintings, sculptures, and other drawings from collections around the world. Modigliani’s art will be complemented by work representative of the various multicultural influences—African, Greek, Egyptian, and Khmer—that inspired the young artist during this lesser-known early period.
Among the works featured are a mysterious, unfinished portrait of Dr. Alexandre, never seen before in the United States; impressions of the theater; life studies and female nudes, among them the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova; and drawings of caryatids and heads, which are telling of Modigliani’s sculptures, which he created over a five-year period from 1909 to 1914.
Modigliani Unmasked is organized by Mason Klein, Curator, The Jewish Museum.The exhibition was designed by Galia Solomonoff and Talene Montgomery of SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio.
Modigliani Unmasked is made possible by The Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
The upcoming exhibit features works by two generations of San Francisco photographers: Alessandro Baccari Sr. (1888 – 1966) and his son Alessandro Baccari Jr. (1928 – ). The exhibit has been designed to explore the development of the creative process and how drama and excitement comes into focus through planned use of light. Each of the photographic images is dramatically unique and reflects the photographers’ insights into composition and design. For Baccari Sr. and his son, creativity is a survival skill and the cutting edge is within one’s mind. As photographers they made up their own laws of composition and in so doing brought originality to their work.
Stimulating language lessons for babies and toddlers, 12 months to 3 1/2 years old, and parents or caregivers. Immerse your children in Italian songs, rhymes, movement, and stories with a theme craft activity culminating each lesson. Our experienced teacher implements her own curriculum and songs. Children learn in an age-appropriate, nurturing setting, utilizing fun props. Vocabulary lists of childhood topics are provided each session for non-Italian speaking parents and caregivers so that they may reinforce the vocabulary at home. Siblings under 12 months are welcome free of charge.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the American Academy in Rome, and curated by Christian Caliandro. It is a creative dialog between American and Italian artists, raising from the understanding that parallel ideas are processed and articulated on the two sides of the Atlantic; and that new visions and new ideas are born, and can be created, only from the encounter of different experiences.
Carl D’Alvia, Jackie Saccoccio, Nari Ward, Giuseppe Stampone, Eugenio Tibaldi e Tomaso De Luca - All Rome Prize Fellows and ASV Fellows of the institution in recent years - are committed, through their research, in the construction of works that reflect this philosophy.