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Biographies of famous Italian artists, actors and directors.

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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 Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci, the epitome of the Renaissance man, was born in 1452 in Vinci, a village near Florence and was brought up by his grandfather. In 1467 Leonardo entered Verrocchio's studio, and in the same year became a member of the Painter's Guild. He worked with Verrocchio for...
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Biography and art works of Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael)

Raphael, the last of the three greatest painters of the Renaissance, was born Raffaello Sanzio in Urbino, in the province of Umbria in 1483. It is probable that he took his first lessons from his father, a provincial painter named Giovanni di Santi, before going to Florence, where by...
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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 Giorgio De Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico was born in Greece in 1888, to Italian parents. Although he was the son of a railroad worker, Chirico quickly developed an interest in art. He studied in Athens, Munich and Italy, and settled in Paris in 1912, where he stayed until the outbreak of the...
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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 of Ugo Tognazzi

Movies with Ugo Tognazzi Because of his father's profession, inspector of an insurance company, Ugo Tognazzi spent his childhood in various cities to return later in 1936 in his native Cremona, fourteen years old, and found work as a laborer at Negroni, Cremona famous factory producing sausages and in his...
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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 and art works of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Gianbattista Tiepolo, as a youth, was apprenticed to Gregorio Lazzarini, a mediocre but fashionable painter known for his elaborately theatrical, rather grandiose compositions. Tiepolo soon evolved a more spirited style of his own. By the time he was 20, he had exhibited his work independently, and won plaudits, at an...
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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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