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In this section you will find the Italian Culture in Art and Artists, Cuisine, Music including Classical and Jazz, Movies and Celebrities, Sports, Biographies, Language, Literature, and Fashion.


The Most Beautiful Italian Songs

We have gathered some of the most beautiful Italian songs from the early 1960s up to recent times. You might recognize familiar artist names such as Mina, Adriano Celentano, and so on. It's difficult sometimes to choose a single songs by such artists, who have produced many beautiful Italian songs,...

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...

Experience Venice’s Fabulous Film Festival

The oldest film festival in the world, the Venice Film Festival was founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi in 1932 as the "Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica." It has taken place in the Autumn of the year for more than 75 years, showcasing great works of film, honoring experts...
Italian sunglasses

Italian sunglasses and eyeglasses

Made in Italy: The International Home of Today's Hottest Eyewear Designs It’s hard to recall a time when Italian designers produced garments exclusively. Versace, Armani and Gucci diversified their lines and many found success in accessories. While handbags, shoes and jewelry made natural line extensions, it was practical eyewear in...

Italian art and artists

Italian art overview Italy has long been the central focus of world history, Italian art in particular, and cultural advancement and exchange. In addition, Italian museums, art collections and major historical venues and sites reveal, display, honor and celebrate important works of art and artifacts from countless global civilizations, all...

Le Arti at Festa Italiana Seattle

An Art show of works about Italy at Festa Italiana Seattle Festa Italiana Seattle is pleased to announce its latest event taking place on September 24-26 2016, inviting all artists to participate with works about Italy to be exposed in the grounds of the Space Needle in Seattle for the...
Alessandro Manzoni

Italian Literature: Classicism and Romanticism

Liberation and unification had been a hope of Italian writers since the 13th century. At that time nationalism had been manifested, among other ways, by the development of an Italian literary language. The hope of liberation was stimulated further by the French Revolution, which released a fervent nationalism throughout...

Nanni Moretti’s MIA MADRE Opens in USA

Mia Madre, My Mother by Nanni Moretti The recently released semi-biographical film by Nanni Moretti, Mia Madre, opens in theaters across the U.S. on Friday, September 2 after a week of screening in major cities. Synopsis An Italian filmmaker (Margherita Buy) tries to cope with her mother's terminal illness (Giulia Lazzarini) while...

Biography and art works of Canaletto

Giovanni Antonio Canale, known as Canaletto, was born in 1697 in Venice where his father was a painter of theatrical scenery. The young Canaletto studied first in his father's workshop then probably under the Dutch painter van Wittel. He next went to Rome, where he learned perspective from Panini,...

Cinema of Italy: The great crisis (1919-1929)

Very popular now are the passion dramas, many of them inspired by classic literary works and theatre plays, directed by specialists like Roberto Roberti (father of Sergio Leone) and the religious colossals of Giulio Antamoro. Famous names from the stage, like Eleonora Duse ("Cenere", 1916) and La Bella Otero...
Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco’s Death is a Great Loss for the Literary World

Umberto Eco: A Giant of Italian Literature Today, February 19th 2016, at the age of 84, Umberto Eco has passed away. Umberto Eco was a Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He became famous around the world in 1980 for his groundbreaking novel "The Name of The Rose" which was...
italian food

Italian cuisine or Italian-American cuisine?

Authentic Regional Italian Cuisine or American-Italian Cuisine? You Decide! When thinking of Italian cuisine, one may think of hearty soups and even heartier plates of pasta. However, the varying regions in Italy offer a variety of specialty foods that are highly dependent on their climate and local culture. Some of...

Biography and art works of Masaccio

Tommaso di Giovanni di Simone, known as Masaccio, was not only the greatest Florentine painter of the early fifteenth century, but remains one of the most important figures in the history of Western art. In only a few brief years, he created the early Renaissance style of painting. Masaccio was...

Cinema of Italy: White telephones

The season of the white telephones lasted only for a brief period of time during the 1930s and early 1940s.

Italian Fashion Designers

Italian Fashion Designers Italian fashion designers have been preeminent in the world even before Italy became a united country. All one has to do is look at the sumptuous garments worn by the sitters in such portraits as Raphael's paintings of the Donis or Titian's Portrait of a Bearded Man....
School of Athens by Raphael

Italian Art Movements and Periods

Roman Art Italian art movements in Italy start with architectural design of Roman temples and residences, structured on Etruscan models and principles. Because Etruscan style and design modes showed strong Greek influence, buildings in Italy retained many of these elements when Greek design was adopted by Rome. By the final...
Roman Forum, Rome

Italian Culture: An introduction

Italian culture at the Heart of the World Although it lacks a large amount of political power, culturally Italy is much more prominent, and its art & architecture, literature, music, cinema, fashion, and food permeate western culture. Art & Architecture From Roman mosaics to the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo,...
pinocchio by collodi

Italian Literature: Verism and the 20th Century

A reaction against classicism and romanticism as unrealistic marked the second half of the 19th century. It was a revolt against a literature obsessed by the past and its own past achievements, and with its roots in books rather than in life. Shunning conscious lyricism and rhetoric, leaders of...
Fire at Seavideo

Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea chosen for Oscar Shortlist

In this stellar documentary, Gianfranco Rosi contrasts the lives of the desperate thousands landing on the shores of a Sicilian island with the everyday existence of the locals.
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...

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