Historical, Biblical and mythological black figures are depicted in works such as portraits of the kings of Abyssinia and Ethiopia, painted in the sixteenth century by Cristofano dell’Altissimo for Cosimo I de’ Medici as part of a series of paintings dedicated to illustrious men of the time; Albrecht Dürer’s Adoration of the Magi, in which one of t...

Florence, Italy, is one the world’s most beautiful open-air museums. The birthplace of the Renaissance, it's home to priceless works of art. But with coronavirus keeping tourists away, the city of Florence has a problem: Preserving history isn’t free...so what happens if nobody is around to pay for it.

Last month, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence — long a bastion of tradition — posted a video to its TikTok account featuring Botticelli’s “Spring.” The painting depicts Venus and other mythological figures, and has been gawked at by tourists and studied by academics for centuries. On TikTok, users were treated to a new perspective on this masterpiece...

Brunelleschi’s Dome (Duomo) is a must see in Florence,” said our guides before the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic. It dominates the Flore nce skyline. Two geniuses, Filippo Brunelleschi, a founding father of Renaissance architecture, and Cosimo Medici the Elder, a Florence banker’s generosity, created a one of kind dome for the Florence Cathedral of Santa...

FLORENCE, THE CRADLE OF THE Renaissance, is admired around the world for its imposing monuments and public museums. But beyond the city’s most famous collections, privately-owned collections and art foundations are an essential part of the culture of Tuscany’s capital. One of the most fascinating private house museums in Florence is the Massimo Lis...

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I went on a guided walk of Florence. I saw all of the city’s famous sights, starting at the panoramic viewpoint of Piazzale Michelangelo, continuing on Piazzale della Repubblica, which, I learned, was the original site of Florentia, the ancient Roman town; then on to Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo complex, Palazzo Vecchio ...

Manifattura Tabacchi is a rationalist industrial complex inaugurated in 1940, opposite the Parco delle Cascine (Cascine Park) in Florence. Once home to the Italian State Tobacco Monopoly, its modern and dynamic structures were built in reinforced concrete, iron and glass, creating an austere visual impact that ties in with its functionality. Design...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 5:30 PM Eastern Time. Please click this link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89519505109. No password is necessary to access the webinar. This lecture will explore the sometimes violent, often bizarre, and always fascinating representations of saints and martyrs in Italian art by artists such as Michelangel...

L’emergenza Covid stravolge un sistema culturale e economico che vale più di 700 milioni: è quello alimentato dalle Università americane che hanno sede e programmi di studio in Italia, più di 160 istituti basati soprattutto a Roma (una sessantina) e Firenze (una cinquantina) che accolgono ogni anno circa 35mila studenti stranieri e danno lavoro a 1...

Regarded as one of the world's most dangerous sports, Calcio Storico Fiorentino, or 'historic Florentine football," dates back to 16th century Florence. A combination of football and rugby, it was a pastime for wealthy aristocrats and even popes, such as Clement Ⅶ, Leo Ⅺ, and Urban Ⅴ Ⅲ who participated in this violent game. A bit of history Althoug...