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Friday, December 13, 2013
MASSIMO FIRPO "COUNTER-REFORMATION: 1541-1549: The last frescoes of Michelangelo"
Michelangelo painted his final frescoes in the Vatican: the Last Judgement on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel, completed in 1541, and the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter on the two side walls of the Paoline Chapel, completed >>>
Friday, January 10, 2014
GIULIO LEPSCHY "LANGUAGE: Dante, Manzoni and Meneghello"
Dante is traditionally known as the father of the Italian language, created by his drawing on his mother tongue, the speech of Florence between the Thirteenth and Fourteenth centuries. This language, codified by Pietro Bembo at the beginning of the Sixteenth >>>
Friday, February 07, 2014
LUCY RIALL "RISORGIMENTO: 1864: Garibaldi in London"
One hundred and fifty years ago, in the spring of 1864, Giuseppe Garibaldi left his island home of Caprera and came to Britain. Although ostensibly a private visit, Garibaldi’s arrival on these shores gave rise to an extraordinary outburst of popular >>>
Friday, February 21, 2014
MASSIMO MONTANARI "FOOD: 1891: Pellegrino Artusi and the Unification in the kitchen"
In 1891 Pellegrino Artusi published a recipe book called Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well which he would continue to work on for twenty years, with subsequent additions and amendments made with the help of his male and female readership. >>>
Friday, March 07, 2014
EMILIO GENTILE "FASCISM: 1922: Mussolini and the March on Rome"
On 30 October 1922 the King of Italy requested that the head of a party of armed militia form the government of a parliamentary regime, the same militia that in two years had smashed working class organizations, persecuted rival parties, humiliated the >>>
Friday, March 21, 2014
CHRISTOPHER DUGGAN "REPUBLIC: 1948: Christian Democrats, Communists, Socialists and Liberals"
The elections of April 1948 were the first to be held in the Republic after the promulgation of the new Constitution in January of that year. They were held against the backdrop of the incipient Cold War, with Italy increasingly polarized between the >>>
Friday, April 11, 2014
SIMONA COLARIZI "LIFESTYLE: 1960: The Economic Miracle and 'La dolce vita' "
In just over a decade Italy had emerged from the material and moral ashes of the Second World War and a searing civil war that spelled the end of Fascism. A new democratic and republican State had been born, but the changes with respect to the past were >>>
Friday, May 09, 2014
JOHN FOOT "FOOTBALL: 1982: Pertini and the World Champions"
In 1982 Italy won the World Cup in a 3-1 victory over West Germany. The Italian President, the diminutive anti-fascist ex-partisan Sandro Pertini, celebrated in the stands. On the way back from the match an intrepid photographer captured an impromptu >>>
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