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Giauli: reality and imagination carved out of wood

Lampo, born Mauro Olivotto, has been carving wood for the past thirty years. He favors Swiss pine, a long-lived species that thrives at an...

Compagnia Marionettistica Colla and Napoleon’s boots

When Charles Dickens watched a marionette show, “The Death of Napoleon”, in Milan in the early 1840s, he was greatly impressed by the emperor’s...

The scents of Luciano Molinari’s art forest

“Trees! / Were you once arrows / fallen from the blue? / What terrible warriors / cast you down? The stars?/ Your music springs...

Flavio Belletti and things not meant to last

Flavio Belletti creates things that are not meant to last. Just like anyone who, like him, gives shape to objects of art that “fly...

Nature and tradition at the Riva Wood Museum

R1920 stands for Riva 1920. Riva is the name of the family of woodworkers from Cantù (in the province of Como), whose business adventures...

Sergio Milani, a child’s maturity

Sergio Milani is a serious and responsible adult who makes toys for a living. Why not? For a man, in Friedrich Nietzsche’s definition, to...

Luca Rafanelli’s Oltrarno

Luca Rafanelli has been painting umbrellas and bicycles since 1994. Perhaps he paints life as its flows – precipitating from the skies, or pedaling...

Squero of San Trovaso, Venice

Someone, in the ancient Squero of San Trovaso, should hang a plaque with a quotation from John Ruskin’s essay “The Stones of Venice”: “When...

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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...