Sculpture

The mysteries of Catania’s Elephant statue

Catania’s Cathedral is located right in front of the city’s symbol: an elephant known in the local dialect as “Liotru” – likely a mispronunciation...

The statues of the Apostles in Saint John in the Lateran

The statues of the Apostles in Rome’s Church of Saint John in the Lateran were placed in twelve niches, which Francesco Borromini had designed...

Brufa, a small village and open-air museum

Brufa is a small village in the municipality of Torgiano, Umbria, with a population of only 600 people and an enviable location on the...

The Statue of the Nile God: a glimpse of Egypt at the heart of Naples

Placed at the very entrance of Spaccanapoli, heart of the city, the Statue of the Nile God is an imposing sculpture dating back to...

Romanticism on show in Milan

To convey to everyone the complex of ideas concerning the history and destiny of man and the role of the visionary poet as both...

Giulio Monteverde and the Angel of the Night in Campo Verano

Giulio Monteverde (1837-1917) dedicated much of his talent to funerary sculpture. One of his favorite themes was the Angel of Death (or Angel of...

The Boschi Di Stefano House-Museum: an apartment for the 20th century

One could say Milan’s Boschi Di Stefano House-Museum is home to Italy’s 20th century art, because of the incredibly long list of artists who...

The Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum in Florence

Marble, porphyry, granite, alberese stone, limestone, flowered, cotognino and Egyptian alabaster, lapis lazuli, rock crystal, jasper, agate... each precious stone has an exotic name...

Michelangelo’s “Moses” shines once again

There is a “secret” bond between the beauty of Michelangelo’s “Moses” and sunlight: it was discovered by Antonio Forcellino, the restorer and architect entrusted by...

The run-up to Saint Ambrose starts with Chiostro in Fiera

Milan welcomes the fall with three days dedicated to craftsmanship and art: from 5 to 7 October the Saint Eustorgio Cloisters will host the...

The stars of Teatro Andromeda

Teatro Andromeda (in Santo Stefano Quisquina, in the province of Agrigento) is an amazing theater built at one thousand meters of altitude. Its circular space faces...

The Roman Villa in Positano: an archaeological wonder at the heart of the Amalfi Coast

The renovation of the wonderful Roman Villa in Positano was finally completed last spring, revealing a treasure trove of amazing frescoes and stucco decoration...

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Rococo luxury at the Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi

The Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi, near Turin, was designed by Filippo Juvarra and built in 1729; between the 18th and 19th...

Pietro Piffetti: the king of fine cabinetry

by Barbara Palladino His creations sum up every magnificence of 18th-century Baroque style: Pietro Piffetti was one of the most famous and...

Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli Affari di Stato: a triumph of decorative art

by Barbara Palladino Inside Turin’s Royal Palace is one of the gems of 18th-century Baroque art: the Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli...

Antonio Stradivari: the legend and myth of perfect sound

by Barbara Palladino The Stradivarius violin is renowned as the perfect musical instrument. Playing one is a dream come true for any...