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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.

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...

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.
Amedeo Modigliani: Portrait of Mme Zborowska

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...

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...

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...

Italy and its art cities

FLORENCE Built by the Romans and immortalized by the Renaissance, Florence affords an unforgettable voyage through timeless art and architecture. Savor the contrast between the Boboli Garden's green, groomed perfection, Brunelleschi's bold, red-tiled Duomo and Giotto's 14th-century Campanile in red, white and green marble. Gothic and Romanesque facades joust for...
cinema paradiso

Italian movies and cinema of Italy

The earliest known Italian film is a brief 1896 documentary from director Filoteo Alberini. This lost work depicted Florence's king and queen in action. In 1905, Alberini directed "La Presa di Roma," the nation's first non-documentary, a drama about Italian unification set in 1870. During the 1910s, Italian directors began...

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...
music in Italy

Italian music

Italian music, including pop, jazz, classical and opera, is famous around the World. This article will introduce you to the music of Italy and its artists.

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