“Piia na cadreia e setat su a vardà.” Battista Valenti greeted me, but I didn’t understand a word he was saying. His Italian was harsher than what I’m used to; he stretched his syllables, which rolled off his tongue with a twang. The energetic, silver-haired 70-year-old was speaking the dialect of Cornale, his native village in southern Lombardy, a...

I’m going to offer occasional glimpses at the wonderful collection of Justice Scalia’s speeches in Scalia Speaks. With Columbus Day just around the corner, I figured that I’d highlight the opening speech in the collection: Justice Scalia’s speech to the National Italian American Foundation in October 1986—just one month after he became the first It...

La buona notizia è che il valore del «brand Italia» nel suo complesso è aumentato rispetto allo scorso anno, con una crescita record di 513 miliardi di dollari (+34%), superando i 2mila miliardi di dollari. La notizia cattiva è che l’immagine di tale brand si è indebolito, con un rating sceso da AA- ad A+. La “pagella” arriva, come ogni anno, da Br...

Fresh from soaking up the love at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Ferrari brings its globe-spanning 70th anniversary celebration to a climax on the east coast of the United States. On October 7 and 8, fans of the Italian marque will gaze upon priceless prancing horses arrayed in select spots in Manhattan. Regardless of how you write your...

The Committee Maestro Pietro Mascagni is pleased to launch the PIETRO MASCAGNI Capsule Collection - Timeless Heritage for Fall /Winter Season 2017-2018. Pietro Mascagni has been a composer and a conductor, well known throughout the world for his beauty and his sophisticated and original style. According to popular legends Mascagni was identified wi...

"Painting possesses a truly divine power in that not only does it make the absent present (as they say of friendship), but it also represents the dead to the living many centuries later, so that they are recognized by spectators with pleasure and deep admiration for the artist." – Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) * As is my custom, I will visit th...

The Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., is featuring the work of several Pratt-affiliated artists and faculty this fall—Lisa A. Banner, Adjunct Associate Professor in the History of Art and Design; alumna Kikki Ghezzi (B.F.A. Painting/Drawing ’11); and Italian artist Licio Isolani, who served as a professor at Pratt for more than 50 years.  The ef...

The US will become Italy’s top market for footwear exports by 2022, according to Confidustria, the General Confederation of Italian Industry, reports Leatherbiz. It is currently the fourth biggest in terms of exports, but these are predicted to grow 43% in value to €1.7 billion in five years. “The US has always been an important but complex market,...

Tra poco meno di un mese, al Getty Center di Los Angeles, aprirà la mostra "Giovanni Bellini: Paesaggi di Fede nella Venezia del Rinascimento". Si tratta dell'ennesimo riconoscimento, da parte dell'importante istituzione americana, nei confronti dell'arte italiana. I rapporti tra il Getty e il nostro Paese sono sempre più votati a una intensa colla...

Around the halfway-point on the drive along the infamous Stelvio Pass, we encounter a meteorological metaphor. In Bormio, the town where we start the drive, the weather is clear and sunny. At the summit, some 20 kilometres up the highest paved road in the Alps, the sky is bright again. In between these two altitudinal extremes, we discover a thick...