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Give art to children: our shop’s selection

Art and childhood? A perfect combination, even when it comes to gifts! Games, books, and objects can help young ones learn about and recognize works and artists, memorize dates and historical facts, discover past lifestyles and diverse cultures, all while having fun. It’s a stimulus for learning and creativity.

Our shop offers many gift ideas for those who want to encourage their children and teens to love art.

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Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali: where art resonates

Nestled a short distance from the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and from Stazione Termini, in Rome, stands the Samoggia building, formerly the caserma Principe di Piemonte. It houses one of the capital’s most important museums: the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali, which boasts a remarkable collection of ancient and contemporary instruments of all types from around the world.

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Masterpieces

Nano Morgante: the story and meaning behind Bronzino’s famous work

It’s not often that a painting is fully appreciated only when viewed from both the front and back. Yet, that is exactly the case with the Nano Morgante by Agnolo di Cosimo, known as Bronzino (1503 – 1572). The canvas depicting the most renowned of the jesters in the court of Cosimo I de’ Medici, is placed at the center of the Sala di Apollo in the Galleria Palatina at the Palazzo Pitti, allowing it to be admired both from the front (recto) and the back (verso).
In this article, we explore the reasons why Bronzino decided to create such an original portrait and its meaning.

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Giardino di Boboli: 5 good reasons why it’s worth a visit

The magnificent Giardino di Boboli in Florence extends behind the Palazzo Pitti and is a true open-air museum where architecture and nature intertwine. Born as a park of the Medici’s 16th century regal estate, it still hosts sculptures, grottoes, and monumental fountains.

Let’s retrace together the main works of the Giardino di Boboli among tree-lined avenues, citrus trees, flowers, and fragrant hedges.

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The Galleria dell’Accademia and its masterpieces

Famous worldwide for being the home of the David by Michelangelo, an absolute masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, few know that the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence was originally created to house the paintings of the great Florentine masters.
In this article, we will guide you through the works that, along with the sculpture by Buonarroti, you simply must see: here is what to view at the Galleria dell’Accademia.

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5 Compasso d’Oro women to know if you love design

The realm of design and architecture boasts names like Gae Aulenti, Paola Navone, Zaha Hadid, and Patricia Urquiola, highlighting that women have always been integral to design.
Let us recognize five such women. Five laureates of the Compasso d’Oro for their outstanding merits and individual projects that underline the role of women in the evolution of Italian industrial design.

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Masterpieces

The Venere di Urbino: all the nuances of Tiziano’s incredible masterpiece

The Venere di Urbino by Tiziano is not just one of the masterpieces of the 16th century, but it is also among the most enigmatic paintings in the history of art.

Today, the painting is preserved at the Galleria degli Uffizi and is undoubtedly one of the good reasons to visit the museum. In this article, we revisit the genesis and analysis of the work to fully enjoy its beauty and complexity when viewed in person.

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Excellent reasons to visit Palazzo Spada in Rome

Palazzo Spada is characterised by its architecture that blends Renaissance and Roman Baroque and today houses the Council of State.
The Spada Gallery, which became a state museum in 1927, exhibits an extensive collection of Baroque art and artefacts collected by the Spada family over the centuries.
This historic building offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the patrician atmosphere of the 17th century and admire artistic masterpieces in the heart of Rome.

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Masterpieces

Laocoonte: the story of an iconic masterpiece 

Towering at over two meters and weighing more than two tons, the Laocoonte holds an immeasurable place in the annals of art history. This marble masterpiece, sculpted in the 1st century BC and unearthed in the 1500s, has since become a benchmark for sculptural and expressive perfection.

Let’s delve into the history and significance of the Laocoonte in this article.

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Art journeys

The museums and artworks in Siena not to be missed by art lovers

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Siena’s historic center is a time capsule of urban planning from the 12th and 15th centuries.

Siena’s wealth of artistic treasures extends beyond its streets into the heart of its many central museums. Join us on a virtual stroll through the quaint alleys and charming local districts to discover them.

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Exploring the Mausoleum of Adriano: The history and metamorphosis of Castel Sant’Angelo

From its origins as a tomb to its incarnations as a castle, prison, papal residence, and now a museum, the Mausoleum of Adriano’s history is as varied as it is rich.
Situated along the right bank of the Tevere River, just steps away from the Vaticano, Castel Sant’Angelo is an essential visit for tourists and art lovers globally.
This guide offers a succinct journey through the pivotal chapters in its history, from inception to modern times, allowing us to fully honor its historic and artistic significance.

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Oil painting: the revolutionary technique of the Renaissance

Understanding and appreciating an artwork goes beyond knowing its author, subject, and the era it comes from. There’s a fourth element that’s just as crucial: the technique. It’s not merely about categorizing a piece as a painting or a sculpture; one must delve into the specifics – what materials were used, the surfaces worked upon, and the tools employed.

This holds particularly true for oil painting, a practice that, from its inception during the Renaissance, has significantly altered the course of art history.

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Masterpieces

Primavera by Botticelli: the story of a masterpiece

In Florence’s Galleria degli Uffizi, nestled on the second floor amidst the Medieval and Renaissance collections, lies one of the most enigmatic treasures of Western art – Primavera by Sandro Botticelli.

The iconography, historical context, and various interpretations of Primavera have sparked extensive scholarly debate, with its critical reception ebbing and flowing over time. Let’s delve into what lies within and behind this magnificent panel.

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Museo del Bargello: tips and must-see works

Today, the Museo del Bargello holds one of the world’s most significant collections of sculpture and decorative arts, a result of merging the Medici collection with private donations from convents and other museums, including the Uffizi.
Touring all 16 rooms takes about 2 hours: in this guide, we’ve highlighted some of the masterpieces that have marked the history of Florence – and beyond – that we recommend you don’t miss.

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Art journeys

Treasures from Tuscany: 5 must-have souvenirs from Florence

The enchantment of a journey lingers not just in the moments lived but also in the joy of discovering and acquiring unique items that resonate with the territory. These finds serve as cherished mementos of your travels or as thoughtful gifts for loved ones back home. In a city as historically and artistically rich as Florence, the challenge lies in choosing from the abundance!

Here are 5 authentic Florentine treasures for gifts that are as delightful to give as they are to receive.

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Disputes in art: Tales of rivalry and recklessness

Getting to know the lives and personalities of artists, beyond just their creations, deepens our comprehension and enriches our interpretation of their eras.
We’ve curated a selection of the most illustrious disputes between artists – across all ages – some of which are connected to masterpieces that we can still admire today, in a celebration of the artists as passionately as the art they produced.

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Recognizing saints in art: a brief iconographic guide

Museum visits often transport us through time as we stand captivated by the artwork, we inevitably engage in an exercise of interpretation. Deciphering the subjects and scenes, especially when it comes to saints, isn’t always straightforward.
The attributes, postures, and life events of these holy figures have grown distant from modern understanding, leaving us at times perplexed by the art’s message, which might strike us as peculiar or unconventional.
It’s ironic when you think about it – during the Middle Ages and beyond, saintly iconography was a standardized and widely understood visual language, serving as an instructional aid in religious teachings.
Mastering the art of identifying these key figures doesn’t just mean pinpointing the main theme of a painting; it’s about unlocking the symbolic narratives woven into the canvas.
This concise guide takes you through the tales and trademark belongings of some of the most frequently depicted saints, whose depictions continue to spark wonder and intrigue.

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Italian gardens: history, origins and examples

Italian gardens stand alongside architecture, painting, and sculpture as one of the Renaissance’s most enduring legacies. These gardens are celebrated for their harmonious balance and refined elegance, embodying a cultural heritage and detailed aesthetic pursuit that sought to express itself through the orchestrated arrangement of nature.
As with all things, time has shaped the Italian Garden, which has adapted and changed, obscuring some of its original design. Yet, by understanding its beginnings and distinctive characteristics, we can still trace and appreciate the essence of its early splendor.

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Compasso d’Oro: discover the iconic and acclaimed objects you might unknowingly own

Italian design, celebrated for its influence on the culture of home furnishings and industrial products, has etched a place of pride in our modern history.
This success comes from the collaboration between creative ingenuity, enlightened local entrepreneurs and high quality projects, many of them recognised with the prestigious Compasso d’Oro, the oldest and most established award in the industry.
Our selection highlights 9 of the most beloved and widespread items from the extensive catalog of over 350 annual awardees – pieces of exceptional design that you might just find you own.

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Art journeys

The 7 museums you shouldn’t miss on your first trip to Florence

“Florence’s urban landscape is, in itself, a unique artistic marvel—an unparalleled masterpiece shaped continuously over more than six centuries.”

This is how the UNESCO World Heritage Centre describes this Tuscan gem, which has been listed as a World Heritage site since 1982.

And, undoubtedly, this is the impression this city leaves on anyone seeing it for the first time. Discover with us 7 must-see museums in Florence.

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