History & culture

Christmas Resolution Letters: My Favorite Tradition

December 2017 |
It was our Christmas ritual that was repeated year after year. The same one my mother was subjected to as a little girl: writing letters of Christmas resolutions to parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles. Today, when I look back at it as an...

Befana the Italian Christmas Witch

December 2017 |
La Befana è nell’immaginario collettivo un personaggio con l’aspetto da vecchia che porta doni ai bambini buoni la notte tra il 5 e il 6 gennaio. La sua origine risale a tempi antichissimi e discende da tradizioni magiche precristiane che si...

Writer Christmas Wishes - Enjoying the Family Fun

December 2017 |
One of the best qualities about being Italian is the importance of family that is instilled from a young age. Spending time with family is always special, fun and full of food. There is also something magical about enjoying time with family during...

An Illuminated Initial by Lorenzo Monaco

December 2017 |
La fede e la pietà cristiana permearono profondamente la vita fiorentina durante il Rinascimento e gli ordini religiosi assunsero un’importante presenza nella città creando una richiesta di arte religiosa che abbondò per affreschi, sculture, pale...

The Confraternity of Saint John the Evangelist in Venice

November 2017 |
La Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, fondata nel 1261 a Venezia, è la più antica fra quelle ancora funzionanti sul territorio della città. La Scuola, una delle più ricche e prestigiose, era una corporazione di Battuti che riuniva attorno a...

Celebrating All Saints' Day and Honoring the Saints

November 2017 |
All Saints’ Day (Tutti i Santi) is a public holiday observed in many countries globally, including Italy. Both eastern and western churches honor this holiday, although on different days. It is also sometimes referred to as All Hallows’ Day. It is...

Did You Know?

November 2017 |
Nov. 26, 1789: President George Washington, in a response to Congress, declared this date a Day of Publick Thanksgivin [sic]. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November. This was followed for the next...

The Masked Festivities of The Carnival of Venice

October 2017 |
Il Carnevale di Venezia, se non il più grandioso, è sicuramente il più conosciuto per il fascino che esercita ed il mistero che continua a possedere anche a 900 anni di distanza dal primo documento che fa riferimento a questa famosissima festa....

Portrait of a Youth as Saint Sebastian

October 2017 |
A portrait is customarily defined as a representation of a specific individual, such as the artist might meet in life. A portrait does not merely record someone’s features but says something about who he or she is, offering a vivid sense of a real...
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