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Art Masterpieces: the Double portrait of the Dukes of Urbino

The Double Portrait of the Dukes of Urbino is one of the most famous portraits of the Renaissance, preserved today in the Uffizi Gallery. This diptych was commissioned in 1465 to Piero della Francesca, by Federico di Montefeltro, Lord of Urbino.   Represented in profile, we see the two spouses...

Recipes of the tradition: Peposo dell'Impruneta

Today we offer you a truly delicious and substantial dish of the Tuscan culinary tradition: Peposo dell'Impruneta. This recipe, originally from Impruneta, a village in the hills near Florence, is similar to a stew and takes its name from the copious amount of pepper that is used in its preparation. This...

April 26, 1478: the Pazzi conspiracy

The members of the Medici family were as much loved by the people as they were hated by the rival families who aimed to take their place in power. Among these we find the Pazzi, also bankers, who harbored a visceral hatred for Lorenzo the Magnificent and Giuliano, his brother....

Lugares escondidos: La iglesia Santi Apostoli

One of the most ancient buildings in Florence is certainly the Church of Santi Apostoli. It faces Piazza del Limbo, so called because here once stood a cemetery for all those children that had died before they were baptized, who - as Dante described in the Divine Comedy - remained...

Oscar Ghiglia's Novecento Italiano at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

“Painting is based solely on the law of knowing how to find the right colour tone and getting i tinto its proper space.” – Oscar Ghiglia   The new exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi features a beloved artist of the twentieth century: Oscar Ghiglia (1876-1945). "Oscar Ghiglia, The years of the...

Donatello, the Renaissance: the revolutionary artist on display at Palazzo Stroozzi and the Bargello Museum

An extraordinary exhibition, the one about Donatello entitled Donatello, the Renaissance, which can be visited until 31 July 2022 at Palazzo Strozzi and the Bargello Museum. Over 130 works including sculptures, paintings and drawings, including some unique loans, never granted before, and distributed in two locations of excellence.   Donato...

Curious Florence: the Florentine New Year

Florence is a city that has always done things a little in its own way, as demonstrated by the fact that for 168 years it celebrated the New Year on a different day than the rest of Italy. The Florentine New Year is celebrated on 25 March, the date corresponding...

Florence and the instruments that mark the time

A good observer will discover that in Florence there are several astronomical instruments scattered around the city, not only great breeding ground for artists but also for scientists and scholars. In ancient times, to know the time people used the sundial, a measurement tool based on the detection of the...

The Three Pietàs of Michelangelo side by side

When people talk about Michelangelo's Pietà, they usually mean the Pietà di San Pietro, or Vatican Pietà, one of his most renoknown works, but this is not the only sculptural group of this type that he ever made. In fact, he made three, and now for the first time they...

Chi vuol esser lieto sia! Lorenzo the Magnificent's Carnival

Quant’è bella giovinezza, che si fugge tuttavia! chi vuol esser lieto, sia: di doman non c’è certezza.   "How beautiful is youth, / though quickly it does flee! / be happy if you want to: / for tomorrow may not come" This is what Lorenzo il Magnifico wrote in the opening...

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