Visual Arts

Turin and Gianduja’s Carnival

Gianduja is a central figure in Turin’s Carnival. The backstory of this typical mask from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte has him hailing from Asti,...

A kissing masquerade by Luigi Scattina

Let’s celebrate Saint Valentine’s day and prepare for Carnival at the same time, with the kisses, masks, costumes and loving gazes in this series...

The Sola Busca Tarots: the oldest tarots in the world

The Sola Busca Tarots are the oldest Italian deck of cards in the world, and were named after their last owners, Marquis Busca and...

Bicycles by Osvaldo Ballerio

Towards the end of the 1800s, bicycles – known as “velocipedes” at the time – started to resemble modern models, mostly thanks to the...

Piedmont in the eyes of ski-loving illustrators

Breathtaking views, kilometers of snowy trails, and amazing landscapes you can only truly enjoy with skis at your feet: Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Pragelato, Alagna...

Venice’s Museum of Punk – the biggest collection in the world

At the heart of Venice, on Piazza San Marco, the Museum of Punk is home to the largest private collection in the world dedicated...

His Majesty the Panettone, in advertisement posters

Panettone is a typical Christmas treat from Milan, now made by a number of companies all over Italy. A symbol of holiday celebrations, it...

Lana Gatto’s vintage posters

Yarns of the highest quality, craftsmanship and excellent Italian manufacturing have always been at the core of Lana Gatto’s identity. The historical brand became extremely...

The surreal, fantastic Jacovitti is on show in Aosta

Opening on 27 October and until 28 April 2019, “Il Mondo di Jacovitti” (“Jacovitti’s World”) celebrates the great Italian comic artist Jacovitti (1923-1997) at...

Gucci ArtLab: a celebration of business success and creativity

On April 19th 2018, Gucci inaugurated a new 37,000-square-meter center for 800 of their employees working in Scandicci: the Gucci ArtLab is the new...

Touring Club Italiano and Pirelli: crossing paths “on the road”

In the 1949 novel that defined the Beat generation, “On the Road”, Jack Kerouac wrote, “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just...

Venice in billboards

Gustav Aschenbach, the leading character in Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice”, gives us a very clear idea of what is must have once meant...

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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...