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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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FLOS: The Art of Italian Lighting

The most beautiful Italian lighting available in US Perhaps you've seen beautiful Italian lighting such as floor lamps, chandeliers, table lamps on a TV show (the floor lamp Arco in Modern Family), or in a movie, or in an upscale lighting store. Most of those lamps are made by an Italian...
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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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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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Biography and art works of Beato Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico, a Dominican friar, was perhaps the most important painter of Renaissance Florence.
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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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Useful tips to choose an Italian language course

You want to enroll in an Italian Language course? Read these tips. A language course is useful to learn and improve the language, but it is a fundamental tool to get in touch with local culture and understand people as well. If you have just arrived in Italy, you will probably...
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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,...
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Italian Literature: Italian authors in the 20th century

The founder of futurism, the poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, used language stripped to essentials. Insisting that 20th-century literature should express the characteristic dynamism of industry, he advocated a type of writing that would emulate the speed and tension of machines. He also became a leading proponent of Italian intervention...
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Cinema of Italy: The social and political movies

In this context, new directors continue and expand the work already started years before by directors like Francesco Rosi, whose film "Salvatore Giuliano" recounts the life of the famous Sicilian outlaw in 1961. Some of the most relevant movies are "Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni...
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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...
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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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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 calda. English equivalent: A burnt child dreads the fire. Mawr, E.B. (1885). Analogous Proverbs in Ten Languages. p. 2. A chi bene crede, Dio provvede. English...
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Top Italian names for boys and girls

ISTAT, the official Italian Statistics Institute has released the 2015 top Italian names for baby boys and girls. Very little has changed from the previous year. For boys, Francesco seems to be the preferred name for most of Southern Italy while in the North Alessandro is more popular. For girls, names...
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Cinema of Italy: The Golden Age (1910-1914)

Those colossals were directed by Mario Caserini ("Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei", 1913), Enrico Guazzone ("Marc Anthony and Cleopatra", 1913) and most notably Giovanni Pastrone, who in 1914 directed the famous "Cabiria", with the honor of being shown as a premiere at the White House in front of the...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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