VENICE BIENNALE

VENICE BIENNALE

11 May – 24 November 2019. The 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice. Mostra di Architettura di Venezia, the architecture section of the  Venice Biennale, was established in 1980, although architecture had been a part of the art biennale since 1968. As well as addressing the academic side of architecture, the Biennale provides an opportunity […]

SAINT MARK’S DAY IN VENICE

25 April – Saint Mark’s Day (Italian: Festa di San Marco), also known as the rosebud festival (Venetian: festa del bocolo), is a festival in Venice held on 25 April celebrating Venice’s patron saint, Saint Mark. On this day, men traditionally give a single rosebudto the women they love. According to legend, the tradition originated […]

LEONARDO DA VINCI

15 April was born Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo. He was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of […]

CASANOVA

2 aprile 1725 was born Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (Venezia, 1725 – Dux, Duchcov, 1798), Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, Story of My Life, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century. He has become so […]

ANTHONY VAN DYCK

On March 22, 1599, Anthony Van Dyck (1599, Antwerp – 1641, London) was born, a Baroque Flemish painter, a portrait master who lived a short but bright life. The luscious picturesque manner of the teacher Rubens had a strong influence on the artist’s work, gaining a more elegant and refined form in his canvases. “A […]

“THE FIVE DAYS OF MILAN”

“The Meditation” (1851), I think, is the best work of Francesco Hayez (Venezia, 10 febbraio 1791 – Milano, 12 febbraio 1882) who is famous with his political allegories. This nice drawing reveals us the most famous episodes in the Italian Revolution – “The Five Days of Milan” – March 18th and the 22nd, 1848, when […]

GABRIELE D’ANNUNZIO

On the 12 March 1863 was born Gabriele D’Annunzio (12 March 1863 – 1 March 1938), the poet and lothario who seduced Italy to wartime slaughter with his rhetoric, scandalised Europe with his writing and set up his own city state in a forerunner of fascism. In this exhaustive biography, Lucy Hughes-Hallett attempts to peel […]

MICHELANGELO

On the 6 March 1475 was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni ( 6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered to be the greatest living artist during his lifetime, he has since […]

VENICE CARNIVAL

16 February – 5 March 2019. The most popular masked carnival of Italy, a must-go annual event. Carnival in Venice is a one of a kind celebration suspended between past and present with a traditional local allure featuring many event-within-the-event. Carnival in Venice is the purest example of the perfect meld of tradition, culture and entertainment all in one, offering […]

NEW YEAR IN VENICE

The heart of New Year’s Eve in Venice is St. Mark’s square where, year after year, a lot of people gather to wait together the strike of Midnight by rhythm of the clock bell tower, with the Moor statues who beat their hummers on the bell. Did you know that in Piazza San Marco in […]

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