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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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The wondrous Gothic, medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino

The Oratory of San Pellegrino is located in Bominaco, a hamlet not far from Caporciano, in the province of L'Aquila. It was probably commissioned...

LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high

by Barbara Palladino On the top of the Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones), near Brunico (Bolzano) – an enchanted place that only the mountains could create...

Sicilian Moor heads: a legend of universal love

by Barbara Palladino “Moor heads” or “teste di moro” are colorful, ceramic vases that represent the face of a man and a woman, with a...

A legend of love at the castle of Torrechiara, “nunc et semper”

by Barbara Palladino The Castle of Torrechiara rises next to the medieval town of the same name in Langhirano, in the province of Parma. On its...