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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.

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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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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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Biography and art works of Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelagniolo di Lodovico di Lionardo di Buonarroti Simone was born in Caprese in Tuscany in 1475. The son of a civil servant, he attended Latin School and then studied painting in the workshop of the Ghirlandaio brothers and sculpture with Bertoldo, a formal pupil of Donatello. Michelangelo's early training...
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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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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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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...
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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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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.
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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....

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...
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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,...
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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...
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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.
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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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Cinema of Italy: The film crisis of 1980s

A new physiological process is taking place and it is bound to the popularity of commercial television, with similar effect in other countries with great cinema traditions such as Japan and France. During these years the Italian comedy disappears as a genre and the cinema d'autore becomes more isolated...

Italian Fashion: An Introduction

An introduction to Italian fashion from clothing to Italian jewelry, Italian leather bags and shoes, Italian fashion designers and brands. Made in Italy!

Authentic Italian Recipes: “Spaghetti alla Bolognese”

Is Spaghetti alla Bolognese really an Italian recipe? The sauce for sure is but the shape of the pasta is what makes it truly authentic.
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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...
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Please, Do eat the Daisies!

The Italian artichoke, il carciofo COMPOSITAE: The Composite Family Herbs or shrubs with alternate or opposite leaves. Flowers or florets collected several together into a Head surrounded by an involucre of bracts, the whole Having the appearance of a single flower. From Handbook of the British Flora, by Bentham and Hooker, page...
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Italist: Italian luxury boutiques and fashion brands

Italist is the largest marketplace for Italian luxury boutiques and emerging Italian fashion brands Italist only sells new and in season products from the most exciting high-end Italian and international brands like Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Armani, Stella McCartney, Marcelo Burlon, Golden Goose, Givenchy, and many many others. They have very competitive...

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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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