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Boston Herald. George Clooney is gearing up for a legal war in Italy, claiming invasive paparazzi climbed over the wall of his Italian home and shot a topless photo of a 13-year-old girl changing in one of his guest rooms. (Read the article)
ANSA.Milan is embarking on a major Leonardo da Vinci spree, with 24 mini-exhibits devoted to the largest collection of sketches, designs and writing by the Renaissance genius. (Read the article)
ANSA. One of Italy's oldest and most prestigious museums is gearing up for festivities to celebrate its 200th birthday. August 15 mark the day in 1808 that the Pinacoteca di Brera was officially thrown open to the public. (Read the article)
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. In 1969, an obscure middle-aged novelist and pulp magazine journalist named Mario Gianluigi Puzo hit the literary jackpot. He wrote "The Godfather," he later told Larry King, "to make money." By his own admission, it wasn't well written. "If I'd known so many people were going to read it," he famously said, "I'd have written it better." (Read the article)
CNET. While you wait for the newly unveiled Ferrari 458 Italia to be revealed in the sheet metal at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, you can enjoy the sounds of the Italian supercar every time you receive a call or text message on your mobile phone. That's right, Ferrari has released official 458 Italia ringtones. (Read the article)
ANSA. Friends and family unable to join foreign couples tying the knot in Venice will now be able to follow the ceremony live online thanks to a new webcam service. The municipal council has organized a system that allows civil ceremonies taking place in Venice city hall a few steps from the Rialto Bridge to be broadcast online at an extra charge. (Read the article)
ANSA. An unemployed man who lost his home in the devastating earthquake which struck the Abruzzo region in April has asked to be put up in Premier Silvio Berlusconi's luxury villa in Sardinia or his stately palazzo in Rome. (Read the article)
ANSA, Celenza Valforte, August 13 - The ducat, Europe's common currency for hundreds of years, made a brief reappearance on Thursday in this small town in the southern Puglia region. (Read the article)
THE NEW YORK TIMES. “It’s become a bit of a mad house,” said Paolo Valli, owner of the neighborhood Bar del Pino in southern Rome, where the number of wagers has tripled in the past month for the SuperEnalotto, which has not registered a winning six-number combination since January (Read the article)
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Gianluca Franzese is an Italian-born American artist who currently lives and works in San Francisco. The son of a jewelry maker and a pupil of the old masters of Italian art, he started painting early on, moving through realist, expressive, and narrative styles. With a background in decorative painting, his style has evolved to blend continuous patterns of color with dynamic metal reflections, with meticulous attention to detail and dedication to flawlessness. Each painting plays with the viewer’s perspective, illuminating the spaces in which they reside. In his own words, Franzese’s art “reflects my belief that beauty is a process that happens over time, with a focus on underlying patterns and geometries found in nature. The metallic elements in the pieces are sensitive to the temperature of the environment, expressing a particular temperament based on context. This responsive variable means that the work is always unique to the time and place in which it is viewed.” His works have been exhibited in San Francisco, Miami, New York and Florence, and are in many private collections, notably Tiffany & Co. in Milan, Italy.
Marietta Patricia Leis is an Italian-American visual artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She works in several media including painting, photography, sculpture and video. Leis received a BA and MA in psychology from Antioch College, Los Angeles and her MA/MFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
[Insights 2, by Marietta Patrica Leis, 2014]
Insights 2, Marietta Patrica Leis, 2014
Leis’ art is concerned with the preservation of our planet. Her art, regardless of medium, resonates with the beauty of our natural environment. ‘Color of place’ is an element that she enlists to create a visceral recording of her travels. Her work can be found in many public collections among them: The Albuquerque Art Museum, NM; Harwood Museum, Taos, NM; University Art Gallery, NM State University, Las Cruces; New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, the Holtze Hotel, Denver; the University of New Mexico Division of Continuing Education; Ross Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio and the State Capitol Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work in the public sector includes commissioned work and 1% for the Arts competitions. Leis’ extensive exhibition record as well as collections that she is in, awards that she has received and lectures that she has given is documented in Who’s Who In American Art (31st Edition). The late New York Times contributing art critic, William Zimmer, called Leis’ reductive paintings “sublime”. In regard to her own philosophy regarding her work Leis states, “The aim of my art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.”
First generation Italian-American sculptor Giuseppe Palumbo is the son of a professional artist from Italy. He has studied at the Art Students League in Denver, The Loveland Academy of Fine Art and the Scottsdale Artists School, as well as in San Miguel Allende, Mexico and Pietrasanta, Italy. Palumbo has spent a lifetime creating, designing and building, from architecture to furniture and jewelry. He has been sculpting since 1992.
[Hog Heaven, by Giuseppe Palumbo, 2014]
Hog Heaven, Giuseppe Palumbo, 2014
Palumbo’s textural, figurative bronze sculptures somehow contemporaneously communicate fantasy, humor, depth and meaning. In the form of dancing sheep, meditating bulls, flying pigs, walking seashells and little men balancing on a ledge, Palumbo gives shape to human emotions as well as to social and political perspectives. Palumbo states that his objective is “not to create a replica of the living, but to capture the essence of a being, not a frozen pose, but a sculpture alive in texture, spirit and warmth. My objective is to communicate in a language that words don’t convey. If my work moves the viewer, stirs their soul, is a reflection of our times, or pleases the aesthetic, then I have achieved my goal. My chapter in the story of the sculpture is short; once I’m finished with the piece it then becomes an endless tale as each viewer relives and creates their own story.” He maintains studios in Berkeley, CA and Eldorado Springs, CO and his work has been exhibited in many important shows throughout the US. Palumbo’s whimsical sculptures can be found in many public and private collections throughout the US and the world, including Queen Rania of Jordan’s private collection.
Join us as we warmly welcome Art History Professor Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D., who will discuss the topic of "A Renaissance Easter". This lecture will retell the great Christian tale of the Passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the creative genius of great Renaissance masters such as Giotto, Duccio, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Tintoretto and their moving visual interpretations of the stories that define the Easter mystery. All the while, you’ll enjoy a 3-course dinner created by the Chef of La Scuola, inspired by his Renaissance Easter lecture. You’ll also taste wines specially chosen by our expert sommelier, to perfectly pair with the meal.
In this class, guests will:
- Enjoy "A Renaissance Easter " lecture by Rocky Ruggiero Ph.D
- Eat a 3-course dinner inspired by his lecture paired with wines specially chosen by our expert -sommelier
- Take home menus, adapted recipes & wine tasting notes
The second talk of the series is with Cecilia Alemani, in conversation with Maria Teresa Cometto
Cecilia Alemani is the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art, the public art program presented by the non-profit organization Friends of the High Line in New York City. She was, also, the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Since 2012, she has commissioned and curated public art projects on the High Line by over two hundred artists. For the Italian Pavilion, she organized the exhibition Il mondo magico, featuring new commissions by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Roberto Cuoghi and Adelita Husni-Bey. Throughout her career, Alemani has collaborated with many museums, institutions, and foundations, and has also pursued more unconventional projects with non-profits and informal organizations; and as an independent curator, she has organized numerous exhibitions in museums, non-profit spaces, and galleries. Alemani worked as guest curator for the performance art biennial Performa 11. She is the co-founder of No Soul For Sale, a festival of independent spaces, non-profit organizations, and artist collectives which took place at X Initiative in June 2009 and at Tate Modern. From January 2009 to February 2010, she served as Curatorial Director of X Initiative, New York, a year-long experimental non-profit space in Chelsea.
With winter waning we are officially ready for some warmer weather and a menu that welcomes the spring! Chef Liam has answered the call with the perfect menu that includes an antipasto of marinated sardines and a secondo featuring the official symbol of spring in Italy, lamb. Chef Liam will join you at the table at every course to describe what has been prepared and to answer any questions you may have. This will surely be an experience that you are not soon to forget, so buy your tickets today and don’t miss out!
Come join us and learn everything about Florence! Florence is full of rich art and architecture and there is so much to learn about this gorgeous city! Presented by Linda Sassano Higgins, a Nationally Licensed Italian Tour Guide. Members $20, Non-Members $25