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Happy Thanksgiving!   Giovanni Bellini and Titian The Feast of the Gods 1514/1529

Happy Thanksgiving! Giovanni Bellini and Titian The Feast of the Gods 1514/1529

| November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!  This famous canvas, The Feast of the Gods, formed the key element in one of the finest domestic decorative schemes of the Italian Renaissance—the private study of Alfonso d’Este, duke of Ferrara. The duke commissioned the two leading painters from Venice—first Giovanni Bellini and, later, his former pupil Titian—to depict bacchanals or revelries […]

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Toscanini New Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Giuliano Crisi, to Perform at Holy Rosary Church

Toscanini New Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Giuliano Crisi, to Perform at Holy Rosary Church

| November 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

A concert by the Toscanini New Symphony Orchestra,  inaugurating the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the national Italian church, Holy Rosary Church, will be held at Holy Rosary Church on December 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm.   Giuliano Grisi, possibly Italy’s youngest conductor will be leading Maria Aurora Paz, soprano, and Gina Maria Penegrino, […]

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The Davy Carozza International Conference: Elsa Morante and the Italian Arts

The Davy Carozza International Conference: Elsa Morante and the Italian Arts

| October 20, 2012

This three-day academic conference to be held at Catholic University, aims to shed new light on Elsa Morante’s influence during her time (eg. her collaborations with Pier Paolo Pasolini) and on her artistic/literary legacy in a celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of her birth. “Morante’s contribution connects the Italian novelistic tradition to international currents far […]

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Bust of Amerigo Vespucci Unveiled at Organization of American States

Bust of Amerigo Vespucci Unveiled at Organization of American States

| October 15, 2012

A bust of the Florentine navigator and cartographer, Amerigo Vespucci, was donated by the Italian government to the Organization of American States (OAS).  At a ceremony held on October 11, in the Hall of the Americas at the OAS headquarter, Sebastiano Fulci, Italy’s Permanent Observer to the OAS, said that “Amerigo Vespucci was an exceptional man, because […]

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Library of Congress Main Reading Room Open House on Columbus Day

Library of Congress Main Reading Room Open House on Columbus Day

| October 7, 2012

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room for a special public open house. The fall open house will take place on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photography will be allowed. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of […]

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Italian-born Paola Antonelli to deliver fourth annual distinguished designer lecture at George Washington University

Italian-born Paola Antonelli to deliver fourth annual distinguished designer lecture at George Washington University

| October 7, 2012

Italian-born Paola Antonelli, senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Architecture and Design will deliver on October 11, 2012, the fourth annual distinguished designer lecture at George Washington University’s interior design program.  Antonelli is one of the world’s foremost experts on contemporary architecture and design. She received her MA in Architecture from Milan […]

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In the Light of Naples: Francesco de Mura in America

In the Light of Naples: Francesco de Mura in America

| May 15, 2012

This lecture at the Italian Cultural Institute located at the Italian Embassy, will show some of the finest paintings in America by Francesco de Mura (1695-1782), the greatest artist of the late Baroque in Naples. De Mura’s superb draftsmanship and luminous colors in harmonious compositions of religious subjects, intense portraits, and mythological scenes will be […]

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