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Exhibition: “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenist World.”

The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi has opened another fascinating exhibition called "Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenist World," open until June 21, 2015.

The exhibition tells the story of artistic developments in the Hellenist age, from the 4th to 1st centuries BCE, achieved through the use of bronze, which made it possible to create dynamic, full-figure statues and bring naturalism to their portraits, focusing on psychological expression. Statues of gods, athletes,

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Touring Florence’s Cathedral

I recently had the chance to try out three tours organized by CAF Tour & Travel and learn about exceptional, little-known places in Florence's magnificent Cathedral, Baptistery and Sculptors' Workshop. These tours revealed places in Florence I hadn't even imagined existed! All three tours showed a short film about Florence during the Renaissance, an explanation of the changes and improvements wrought over the centuries by important sculptors and artists who contributed to making our

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Picasso and Spanish Modernity

From now until January 25, 2015, Palazzo Strozzi is opening a window on modern art with its new exhibition focusing on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century,Pablo Picasso. "Picasso and Spanish Modernity" shows a selection of about 90 works in which we can see how Picasso's genius has influenced other artists such as Miró, Dalí, Juan Gris and Julio Gonzalez, just to name a few.

The pieces shown come from a time frame from 1910 to 1963. The exhibition's guiding

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Santa Maria Novella

After so many posts on so many different subjects, we realized we had yet to tell you about our most illustrious neighbor, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. For this very purpose, today I went to visit it. In 1121 it was already a monastery for Dominican friars; in 1470 it was expanded to its current appearance when Leon Battista Alberti completed the facade's upper part. Though alterations have been made to the interiors over the centuries, a great many masterpieces are still

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Two Fascinating Exhibitions at Palazzo Strozzi

Year round, the Palazzo Strozzi foundation puts on a varied program of international exhibitions to engage different kinds of visitors. On the lower floor, the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina's purpose is to explore contemporary art and culture. We went to see the new show; these are our impressions. Palazzo Strozzi's new exhibition, "Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino: Diverging Paths of Mannerism", is up through July 20, 2014.The exhibition focuses on the works of two

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A Fabulous Visit to the Vasari Corridor

A visit to the Vasari Corridor is definitely one of the most special things to do in Florence. So I decided to book a tour with the Ciao Florence agency. The appointment with the guide was at 3:30 pm in Via dei Lamberti, around the corner from Palazzo Vecchio. Here was the start of our guided tour with Mario who explained the differences between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance using as examples the statues on the facade of the beautiful Church of Orsanmichele. Mario has a great approach.

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Emilio Greco: sacred and profane

EMILIO GRECO: SACRED AND PROFANE The centenary of the Greco's birth celebrated in London, Rome and Catania Marking the centenary of the birth of the great sculptor Emilio Greco (Catania October 11, 1913 – Rome, April 5, 1995) London, Rome and Catania are paying homage to him with the exhibition "Emilio Greco: Sacred and Profane". Grand Hotel Minerva has a special connection to the Catania-born artist because the eminent architect, Carlo Scarpa, when he redesigned our Hotel in the sixties, chose

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Palazzo Strozzi: “The Russian Avant-garde, Siberia, and the East”

What's the connection between icy Russia and the East? Up until yesterday I would have said "nothing". But, after going to the new exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi, I would answer this simple question with: endless connections! Through January 19, 2014 you can enjoy the new exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi "The Russian Avant-garde, Siberia and the East". Works by the great painter Kandinsky are juxtaposed with the masterpieces of other painters, such as Malevich, Filonov, and Goncharova, who may be

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Gucci and Ferragamo Museums in Florence

Florence has a lot to offer fashion connoisseurs...Who wouldn't be totally entranced by Via Tornabuoni and its gorgeous palazzi! So, I thought, "Today I'm going to visit Ferragamo and Gucci museums and compare the histories of these two extremely important brands that shaped the birth of fashion in Florence and beyond! I was dazzled by Palazzo Spini Ferroni, owned by the Ferragamo family and where the Salvatore Ferragamo museum was established in 2006. Through April 2014, a fabulous show is up

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From the Renaissance to contemporary art showcased at Palazzo Strozzi

I consider Palazzo Strozzi is one of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance palazzi. It's majestic, but still fits well between the Piazza Strozzi and Via Tornabuoni. Its charming interior courtyard is a nice place to meet friends and enjoy a break after visiting the many exhibits that the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi puts on. Right now you can enjoy ”The Spring of the Renaissance”: an exhibition of 140 masterpieces, mostly sculptures, from around the world. This extraordinary event is in

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