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Biographies of famous Italian artists, actors and directors.

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Biography of Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is a motion picture and stage, Academy Award-winning actress, widely considered to be the most popular Italian performer.
Orazio Gentileschi

Biography of Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi

Orazio Gentileschi and his daughter Artemisia were from the city of Pisa. Artemisia was a pioneer as a female painter of her time.
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Biography of Anna Magnani

Anna Magnani was a beloved Academy Award-winning Italian actress, with stage experience. The Rose Tattoo with Burt Lancaster earned her an Oscar.
Fra Filippo Lippi - Madonna with_the Child and Scenes from the Life of St Anne (detail)

Biography and art works of Fra Filippo Lippi

Fra Filippo Lippi work was widely respected in his time, and he is known today as an innovative and accomplished painter of the Florentine Renaissance. Lippi was born in 1406 and was raised in a Carmelite friary and took vows as a friar in 1421. He soon had a...
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Biography of Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni was an Italian actor made famous by the movies of Fellini such as La Dolce Vita and 8½. Mastroianni had a long acting career in Italy.
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Biography and art works of Marino Marini

Marino Marini was born in Pistoia in 1901. He began his fine arts career in Florence, where he studied painting, graphic techniques and sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Between 1929 and 1940, Marini taught at the art school in Monza. He was made Professor of Sculpture at...
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Biography of Alberto Sordi

Alberto Sordi aka Albertone, was a beloved Italian actor and film director. He was also the voice of Oliver Hardy in the Italian version of the Laurel&Hardy
Amedeo Modigliani: Portrait of Mme Zborowska

Biography and art works of Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani was born in Italy in the Livorno ghetto in 1884. His father, a ruined banker, died young and his mother, a descendant of the Dutch philosopher, Spinoza, encouraged her delicate son in his aptitude for art, sending him to study in Florence and Venice and to visit...
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Famous Italian artists

Michelangelo Buonarroti Born in Caprese, near Florence, in 1475, this magnificent artist and sculptor transformed blocks of marble into figures full of life. His immortal works include the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museum, the Pietà and The Last Judgment. Read the biography. Donatello Considered the founder of modern sculpture, Donato de...
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Biography and art works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

All three of the Rossetti siblings would have important effects on late-nineteenth-century English culture: Christina became a well-regarded poet, and William Michael became an influential critic. Dante Gabriel  spent the earliest part of his career torn between painting and writing, but entered the prestigious Saas Drawing Academy in 1841 and...
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Biography and art works of Beato Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico, a Dominican friar, was perhaps the most important painter of Renaissance Florence.
paolo uccello - san romano battle

Biography and art works of Paolo Uccello

Paolo Uccello (born Paolo di Dono in 1397) was a Florentine painter who was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art. His nickname Uccello came from his fondness for painting birds. With his precise, analytical mind he tried to apply a scientific method to depict objects...
Umberto Boccioni - Elastic

Biography and art works of Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni, Futurist theoretician, painter, and sculptor, was born in 1882 in Reggio Calabria and was a graduate of the Technical Institute of Catania when he began to study art in Rome. His earliest work was romantic and strongly influenced by the floral arabesques of Art Nouveau. In 1901, Boccioni...
donatello-david

Biography and art works of Donatello

Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (c. 1386 – December 13, 1466), better known as Donatello, was an early Renaissance sculptor from Florence. He studied classical sculpture, and used this to develop a fully Renaissance style in sculpture, whose periods in Rome, Padua and Siena introduced to other parts...
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Biography and art works of Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence in 1445. The most humanistic of the Renaissance painters, he was at first apprenticed to a goldsmith. He became, in 1465, a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi's, and remained with him for about two years. It is believed that he later worked with...
roberto benigni

Biography of Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni is an Academy Award-winning Italian film and television actor, writer and director. He won an Oscar for Life is Beautiful (La Vita e' bella)
Caravaggio The Cardsharps

Biography and art works of Michelangelo Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, revolutionary naturalist painter, was born in Caravaggio near Milan, the son of a mason in 1573. He showed his talent early and at the age of sixteen, after a brief apprenticeship in Milan, he was studying with d'Arpino in Rome. During the period 1592-98 Caravaggio's...
vittorio de sica with sophia loren

Biography of Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica was one of the world's most influential filmmakers, and as an actor he starred in 150 movies, built a career that spanned half a century.

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