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Excursions out of Florence - The Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie al Sasso

At 20 km north of Florence, in the beautiful Protected Natural Area of ​​Monte Giovi (992 m), in the valley of the Sieci stream, in a forest of chestnut, pine, ash and oak trees, we find, isolated and in a panoramic position at 565 m., the Sanctuary of the Madonna...

Pigments in Art

Red, black, brown, white and ochre were part of the color palette artists used in cave paintings. The first pigments, invented about 40,000 years ago, were a combination of soil, animal fat, burnt charcoal, and chalk, but since then, the number of colors available to the artists has continued to...

Street Art in Florence - Sturmtruppen

This large artwork represents a  strip of the famous Italian satirical comics, Sturmtruppen. Created by Franco Bonvicini (Bonvi) in 1968, the comics was published until 1994, year of the author's death following a car accident: while crossing the street, Bonvi was hit by a car conducted by a drunk driver....

American Art 1961-2001 at Palazzo Strozzi

American Art 1961-2001 concludes the trilogy dedicated to American art at Palazzo Strozzi, which began in 2012 with the exhibition Americani a Firenze. Sargent e gli impressionisti del Nuovo Mondo and continued in 2016 with Da Kandinsky a Pollock. La grande arte dei Guggenheim. The exhibition retraces the history of...

Street Art in Florence - Japanese anime in Florence

Those who were children in the 90s will certainly remember the cartoon series called Dragon Ball, taken from the manga of the same name in 1884, by Akira Toriyama. These imagese painted under the Varlungo Viaduct are inspired by the protagonist of this manga, Son Goku. In the manga, just...

Beyond the Renaissance in Florence - The Golden Ratio in art and at Palazzo Rucellai

This time the title "Beyond the Renaissance" should be interpreted as "Renaissance beyond itself", that is, at the top of its idea of ​​the world and of the rediscovery of classical culture. The facade of Palazzo Rucellai, designed by Leon Battista Alberti and completed in 1465, is celebrated as one...

The Rose Garden: a little piece of heaven in Florence

There is no better place to find inspiration for your art projects than in the Rose Garden, just under Piazzale Michelangelo. This garden was created in 1865 by Giuseppe Poggi, who also designed the piazzale, and it houses a collection of about 400 varieties of roses, lemons, and other plants...

Street Art in Florence - Gramsci by Jorit

This is the second large mural by Jorit in Florence, after the one dedicated to Nelson Mandela in Piazza Leopoldo (see our blog). Ciro Cerullo, aka Jorit, is now known all over the world, with his realistic style and a strong social commitment. He always represents portraits, the most famous...

The Bargello for Dante

The Bargello, former seat of the Podestà and prison where the condemned suffered the most terrible tortures, preserves many memories linked to Dante and pays him homage with an exhibition and important restorations, in the 700th anniversary of his death. The exhibition entitled Honorable and ancient citizen of Florence. The...

Beyond Renaissance in Florence - The Manifattura Tabacchi of Florence and Women's emancipation

The Manifattura Tabacchi: a district of 16 buildings on an area of ​​100,000 square meters, next to the Cascine Park. Pure modernist rationalist architecture, designed by architects Giovanni Bartoli and Pier Luigi Nervi in ​​1933, completed in 1940. According to modernist architectural canons, the structure had to be functional to...

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