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Wonders of the Domus Aurea

Here are some splendid tempera on paper paintings, which provided the originals for the engravings in “Vestigia delle Terme di Tito e loro interne pitture”, published...

Rome by Bartolomeo Pinelli

Here is a series of views of 19th-century Rome, by famous Roman engraver and painter Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781-1835). After completing his studies between Bologna’s Fine...

Resting Hermes, youthful wonder

The “Resting Hermes” at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples is a beautiful bronze sculpture found in Herculaneum in the second half of the 18th century. The portrait...

Greetings from 18th-century Rome

Here is a series of Roman postcards sent straight from the 1700s: illustrations inspired by “Accurata e succinta descrizione topografica delle antichità di Roma”...

Ancient Roman architectures by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Here is a gallery of engravings Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) made to exalt the magnificence of ancient Roman architectures despite their state of neglect...

Monotypes by Venturino Venturi, a universe of variations

Here is a collection of “monotype” prints by Venturino Venturi, a Tuscan sculptor and painter (1918-2002) who moved back to Italy in the 1930s,...

Domenico De Rossi’s ancient and modern sculptures

Here is a series of etchings first published in a book curated by Domenico De Rossi (1647-1729). In 1704, De Rossi gathered – under a...

Luigi Rossini, architect and engraver

Luigi Rossini (Ravenna, 1790-Rome, 1857) wanted to be an architect. He surely had the talent for it, since his biographer says he “had a...

Carlo Della Rocca’s tarots: beauty is in the cards

Around 1830, Ferdinand Gumppenberg – a German printer who had moved to Milan in 1809 – asked etcher Carlo Della Rocca to make him...

Wood engravings by Lorenzo Viani: outcasts and their stories

In “Storia della narrativa italiana del Novecento: 1900-1922” (Feltrinelli, Milan 2004), contemporary Italian literature experts Giovanna De Angelis and Stefano Giovanardi introduce Lorenzo Viani...

Marino Marini: horses, horsemen, and the history of humankind

Horses and horsemen were the most popular subjects of sculptures and paintings by Marino Marini (1901-1980). From the second half of the 1930s, they...

Giovanni Battista Ferrari: the science and art of citrus fruits

Giovanni Battista Ferrari was an erudite Jesuit friar from Siena (c. 1584 – 1655) who taught Hebrew at the Collegio Romano, i.e. the school...

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The Great War Museum: history at high altitude

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloOn the top of the Marmolada, at 3,000 meters of altitude, you’ll find the Marmolada Great War...

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli: neo-gothic inspiration

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli is located in Sassari’s central Piazza d’Italia. It was built by will of Giuseppe Giordano Apostoli in 1877, in...

Move To The Top takes you to the roof of the Dolomites

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle Nebiolo On 4 July 2020, the cableway to Malga Ciapèla will re-open. Its short,...

Tenute La Montina, the realm of Franciacorta

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloTenute La Montina is located in Monticelli Brusati (BS), in the north-east of Franciacorta, next to an ample...