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CORRIERE DELLA SERA. The most aggressive, voracious ones are Anobium punctatum and Oligomerus ptilinoides. Only four millimetres long, the little terrors are insatiable and chew up masterpieces of panel painting as well as supporting structures, frames and wooden sculptures. No museum in the world is spared. (Read the article)
CORRIERE DELLE SERA. The ten-year tussle between Fiumicino and Malpensa is over. At the end of the protracted struggle that led to the transfer of many of the Lombardy airport’s routes, the new Alitalia has made its choice. Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci will be the company’s main operating base. (Read the article)
STRAITS TIMES. The Academy Award-winning director of 'The Departed' will direct 'Sinatra,' the first feature film about Ol' Blue Eyes' life, Universal Pictures and Mandalay Pictures said on Wednesday. (Read the article)
ANSA. Workers at Fiat's Sicilian plant in Termini Imerese on Thursday continued their temporary work stoppages to protest uncertainty over the factory's future. (Read the article)
ANSA. The government's new security bill cleared parliament's Lower House on Thursday and headed for the Senate but criticism from the center-left opposition, the Church and even groups like Amnesty International showed no signs of subsiding. (Read the article)
THE NEW YORK TIMES. Italy — Lance Armstrong did not come close to winning the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday. But to the fans gathered around his team bus, that did not matter. (Read the article)
ANSA. The so-called 'security bill', approved by a confidence vote in the House on Tuesday, deals with a wide range of areas. A great many of the issues covered by the bill relate to immigration, which has been closely linked to security problems by the centre-right government. (Read the article)
ANSA. One of the greatest works by Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna is to dazzle visitors once more following a two-year restoration (Read the article)
ANSA. A 101-year-old woman will become Italy's oldest town councillor if she is elected next month in a small town in the Romagna hills. Maria Donati, who turns 102 in September, is standing for election June 6-7 in the village of Saleducio inland from Rimini, between the Marche region and the Republic of San Marino. (Read the article)
USA TODAY. ROME (AP). Italy's lower chamber of parliament has passed a hotly debated measure making it a crime to enter or stay in Italy illegally as Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservative forces continue cracking down on illegal migration.
The legislation must now be approved by the senate. It would make it a crime to enter or stay in Italy illegally, punishable by a fine of $6,840-$13,670, although no prison penalty would be imposed. In addition, the legislation imposes a prison term of up to three years for anyone who rents an apartment to an illegal immigrant. (Read the Article)
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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.
Featuring works from the Getty Museum's collection by Giovanni Battista Lusieri, and Canaletto, this exhibition captures the essence and spirit of Italy.
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.
SpeakItaly and Risotteria Melotti are glad to invite you on January 21, 2017 at 12:30pm for a two hour lunch, just like the Italian tradition dictates. Get ready for authentic Risotto! The Melotti Family farm produces the finest qualities of Italian rice which grows in a region south of Verona. All rice-based dishes are 100% gluten free and they represent the Italian excellence in making risotto.
The simplicity of the preparation and the great company will make your experience so cool that you will look forward for the next event to follow. This lunch will have all the Italian flavor and scent that you would want to call it "the real deal". This is for ALL lovers of Italy, and if you speak Italian, well...even better since it could be a great opportunity to practice. 3 course meal + 1 glass of wine. Cost: $45 including gratuity and tax
Space is limited. Purchase your ticket and write it down on your calendar. We look forward to spending lunch with you and for now: Buon Appetito! (in anticipo)
To start, we'll make the traditional Sicilian eggplant dish, Caponata and bake fresh bread to go with it. Then the class will create two pasta classics - baked macaroni with hard boiled eggs and Spaghetti, made traditionally on the Torchio, in Sunday gravy loaded with homemade meatballs & sweet Italian sausage. To finish...biscotti and almond cookies for dessert $59.99