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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...
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Italian movie award winners

Click on IMDB (Internet Movie Database) to read about the movie Academy Awards - Oscars 1957 - Winner: La Strada (IMDB) 1958 - Winner: Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (IMDB) 1959 - Nominated: I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (IMDB) 1959 - Nominated: La strada lunga un anno (Road a...
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Video animation of Mount Vesuvius eruption that destroyed Pompeii in 79AD

A Day in Pompeii The terrifying re-enactment of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79AD and final obliteration of Pompeii by the pyroclastic flow the next morning will give you an idea of what most likely it has been in reality. I recommend watching this video in full...
Patty Pravo

Top Italian Music Artists

A list of best-selling Italian music artists that have sold 100 million records or more Italy has produced some of the most famous singers, first and foremost opera singers like Luciano Pavarotti, and pop singers such as Mina, Adriano Celentano, and Patty Pravo. According to a study that involved collecting data...
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Biography and art works of Giotto di Bondone

Giotto di Bondone, the father of modern painting and one of the greatest figures in the history of Western art, was born in a small hamlet in the valley of the Mugello, twenty miles north of Florence in 1267. We know very little about him and his exact birthplace...
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Top Italian Movies of all time

A list of the top Italian movies of all time in USA rated by users, from Italian comedy to drama, Italian neorealism and western, horror, suspense and thriller.
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Italian Sunglasses for Women

Listen up girls! Oversized sunglasses are a must and we have some Italian sunglasses chosen just for you for this spring and summer, and fall... The following Italian sunglasses for women were chosen from a selection by Sunglass Hut, which is owned by Luxottica, the largest manufacturer of Italian sunglasses...
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Italian Phrases

Learning basic conversation in Italian can open doors to truly immerse yourself into the language Someone could argue that before starting to learn and speak Italian phrases one should need to learn proper grammar. Italian is no exception. And there are many, many rules and irregular verbs, and so on....
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The Vatican Museums in Rome

A Place to Celebrate Art and History View Images of Vatican City and the Vatican Museums About the Vatican Museums Touted as some of the greatest museums in the world, the Vatican Museums in Viale Vaticano in Rome are visited by more than 4 million people each year. Visitors are able to...
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Italian Literature: The Foreign Influence

Italy, beginning in the late 15th century, was exhausted by constant wars as rival Spanish, French, and Austrian rulers made the country their battleground. At the same time, world trade was shifting from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, causing an economic decline in Italy. The once free-spirited,...
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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
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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...
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Cinema of Italy: The Italian comedy movies

The movie won an Oscar in 1963 for best original screenplay. In this new genre, we can recall names of the main Italian actors of the times, from Alberto Sordi to Ugo Tognazzi, from Monica Vitti to Claudia Cardinale, from Vittorio Gassman to Nino Manfredi, not to mention Totò...
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Andrea Bocelli: A voice for all ages

Best selling albums and DVDs by Andrea Bocelli Part of Andrea Bocelli's success is due to the fact that he can sing opera and pop songs with ease. Andrea became famous at Sanremo Festival when, for the first time, he sang "Con te partirò", a lovely romantic song that really...
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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,...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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...

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Italian Proverbs

An extensive list of Italian proverbs in Italian and translated into English with book references. Popular Italian Proverbs A A cane scottato l 'acqua fredda pare...

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