A MESSAGE FROM ST. JAMES
St. James is the American Church in Florence. Besides maintaining
a full schedule of worship and music, the church offers many
educational opportunities: a weekly forum for adults on a
variety of topics from a faith perspective taught by scholars
resident or visiting in Florence; Bible studies, including
one in Italian, a Sunday School for children and activities
and trips for teens and young adults. A gospel choir and a
chancel choir offer choral music for worship, and visiting
artists often sing or play for service as well. St. James
ministers to the community with a weekly food bank, a childcare
centre, a very popular monthly thrift shop, a number of 12-step
recovery groups and a weekly dinner for college students studying
in Florence. The Children's Lending Library offers English-language
books to children in Florence and environs. Many community
groups hold their meetings at St. James.
The church is always looking for volunteers who want to help
out and get to know others, as well as people who just love
fun, food, singing, friends and service to the world. Visit
our website at www.stjames.it or join us on facebook -- St.
James American Church!
Music at St. James begins its inaugural season this year with
a program of opera and chamber music. Saturday night is opera
night, presenting performances of four beloved operas in Spring
2009: Tosca, La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Seviglia and La Bohème.
The final Monday of each month will feature chamber music,
including concerts by world-famous organists on our new Willis
organ, music for piano, vocal and world music ensembles and
Maestro Riccardo Foti, music director at St. James, is impresario
for this new arrival on the musical scene in Florence. He
is also music director for the monastic choir at the Badia
Fiorentina, and teaches at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He
is delighted to be leading a new musical venture at the American
MUSIC AT ST. JAMES Concert Calendar
Saturday, March 7th - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 8.30
Monday, March 16th - La Bohème (Puccini) (a
change from Saturday!)
Saturday, March 21st - Tosca (Puccini) 8.30
Saturday, March 28th - La Traviata 8.30
Saturday, April 4th - Il Barbiere di Siviglia 8.30
The Monday recitals begin at 9pm - €15 (€10 students,
seniors). All other performances begin at 8.30pm - €25
(€15 students, seniors).
MESSAGE FROM FITC
On March 7 and 8 at the Teatro di Cestello, Florence International
Theatre Company hosts VDay FIRENZE 2009 - bringing Awareness
to Violence Against Women locally and internationally. Twenty
seven women from 7 countries will perform "The Vagina
Monologues" in Italian and English (with corresponding
subtitles) to bring awareness to this issue and to raise money
for Artemisia Centro Antiviolenza as well as for VDay which
is a global movement to end all violence.
This year's "spotlight" issue is the rape of women
in the Congo as a tool of war. Performances are: March 7,
9pm and March 8 at 4pm and 9pm. Tickets are a minimum required
donation of 10 euro.
VDay FIRENZE events kick off at Paperback Exchange on March
3 by putting this subject into context from a Renaissance
perspective. Dr. Andrea Gáldy, History and Art History
Professor at Florence University of the Arts and specialist
in Renaissance History of Collecting will lead a conversation
with selected readings from historian Lauro Martines' fictional
novel "Loredana." There is also a play for children
written for VDay Firenze by TeatroLà presented by The
Children's Lending Library and the St. James Church.
For more information on the performance or to get involved
with the letter writing campaign to the President of the DRC
please visit www.florencetheatre.com or contact us at email@example.com.
Or tell us you will attend by contacting the PAPERBACK EXCHANGE,
Anglo-American Bookshop. Via delle Oche 4R- 50122 Florence,
Italy. Tel.055/293460 - Fax.055/2658395, Skype: Emylina. E-mail:
The Il Giorno Della Memoria Project - We are grateful to the
survivors who spoke with us about their stories here in Florence
and Tuscany. And to the new partnerships we have formed on
this project - New York University, Sinagoga di Firenze, Prof.ssa
Carla Forti/CISE (Centro Internazionale Studi Ebraici) of
Pisa, Dott.ssa Marta Baiardi/Istituto Storico per la Resistenza,
Regione Toscana and Yavneh Academy/New Jersey, USA. Theatre
can bring history and humanity to life in ways in which no
other art form is capable. FITC looks forward to where these
partnerships will lead in the coming years and to the art,
experiences and educational opportunities which will develop.
For more information on this project contact us via email.
Creative Campus Spring 2009 - Creative Campus celebrates its
3rd year this month with more wonderful American students
engaging with their Italian counterparts in creative activities
as alternatives to the drinking nightlife of this city. The
kick-off took place at Club Paradiso with students from various
university programs in the city who are looking for a positive
engagement with each other. Around both tables much enthusiasm
and ideas were shared and an Italian/American photo club joins
the list of projects they will be creating. Stay tuned for
information on what great events they will be bringing to
the city in the next couple of months!
A Note From The Producing Artistic Director - When I came
here three years ago, I could not have imagined the enormous
amount of creativity and passion I would have the gift of
sharing with and experiencing in this city. FITC has travelled
very far and very deep in an extremely short period of time.
We have initiated many long-term projects, such as Creative
Campus, because of the belief we have in the strength of the
arts to affect the civic and cultural life of this city. And
we have stayed true to our mission of integration and intercultural
exchange both on our professional stages and in all our initiatives.
With VDay Firenze 2009, FITC engages Florence in a world-wide
movement to respond to a terrible issue with a creative response.
With the Giorno Della Memoria Project we launch a cross-continental
effort to bring local history first to life and then to international
exposure. There is nothing that can stop creative efforts
of good will and passion. And to think, we have only just
And for that, I am deeply grateful. I look forward to seeing
you at the VDay Firenze 2009 events!
Bari Hochwald, Producing Artistic Director
FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!......Serie A is nearing a crescendo with a brawl
building for the fourth Champions League spot. As February
ends, Fiorentina hold it just. Can we hang onto
it? is The Big Question. As long as Gila and il fenomeno
keep up the habit of scoring with the last kick of a game,
we have a chance! Referees have started awarding us penalties,
too and sending off opposition players
Serie A. Perhaps thrown of balance by the snow which caused
Februarys opener at Bologna to be postponed for a day,
we have lived dangerously from time to time this month
but not at Bologna, once the ice had melted away. Two goals
within the opening sixteen minutes from Adrian Mutu, both
set up by Montolivo, and the game was pretty much over. Bologna
got one back courtesy of sloppy defending but later on Gilardino
popped in a third and it finished 3-1 to us.
Week 23 brought Lazio to the Stadio. They gave us a drubbing
back in September but have gone off the boil of late. Still,
they started off at 100mph for the eighteen minutes during
which they kept a full team on the pitch; then the referee
reduced them to ten. That should have handed the initiative
to us but Lazio have class and continued to match us stroke
for stroke; we needed just about every part of Freys
anatomy to keep them out. Ultimately, reason triumphed over
passion, eleven over ten and Gilardino tapped in the only
goal from close range in the 90th minute.
Off to Genoa for week 24. In last months newsletter,
we emphasised the importance of doing well here as Genoa are
one of our closest rivals. This was, to use one of those bathetic
football phrases a game of two halves. Genoa went
1-0 up in 12 minutes; then the Lazio effect kicked
in as they had a player sent off; again we were playing ten
men. Unperturbed, Genoa scored again in the 38th and 57th
minute and there we are, losing 3-0 and the season ebbing
away from us. Adrian Mutu wasnt having that. On 60 minutes,
he put away a penalty; ten minutes later he netted a second
from open play; he curled in the equalizer in the 94th minute
just as the referee was raising his whistle to his lips
3-3 with the last kick of the game. Three goals scored by
Mutu, one point salvaged for Fiorentina.
Back to the Stadio to host Chievo but we seemed on the back
foot as the Veronese took the lead on 13 minutes and came
close to doubling that lead shortly afterwards. Mr. Prandelli
got busy and made a couple of substitutions at half-time;
now we charged forward. It still took till the 73rd minute
for Gilardino to equalize. Chievo then had a man sent off.
That made three games in a row and youd think wed
be good at facing a reduced team but we still couldnt
manage the winner until the last kick of the game again
Mutu bashed it in from the edge of the penalty area. Chievo
were less than happy. Well probably be fined for the
ensuing near-brawl and a Chievo player being restrained
down the tunnel by police. Who cares? A 2-1 win and we retain
UEFA Cup. Close but no cigar as someone said once
drawn Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam with the first
leg at the Stadio. They may have a great history but Ajax
are only fourth in their league and we were in with a chance.
We needed a good home result and we didnt get it as
the Netherlanders strutted away with a 0-1 victory. We had
our chances; we dominated the first half especially but we
either fluffed those chances or found their goal keeper on
inspired form. We needed to win in Amsterdam and remind ourselves
that in last years UEFA Cup, we beat PSV Eindhoven on
their own territory. How close we came! Fiorentina dominated
the first half of the second leg, hitting the woodwork and
scaring the Dutchmen. An hour in, a terrific Mutu assist and
Gilardino finish put us even in the tie and we went for the
then allowed Ajax to get the winner in the 88th minute.
A 1-1 draw on the night and we exit to concentrate on the
league, which may be no bad thing. Who wants to win the secondary
European competition? We want to get back into the premier
It looks like Inter, Juve and Milan for one, two and three.
Behind them are half a dozen clubs jostling for the fourth
Champions League place and the consolation Europa (new name
for the UEFA Cup) places. Viola are squatting in fourth as
March begins but its really tight and we have to keep
up the pressure through this months four league games.
It would be nice to win all four but one is away to Inter
so we may have to settle for a draw there (and why not? We
held them goalless at the Stadio in October). We take on Reggina.
Its a long way DOWN to Reggina down south to
Sicily and down Serie A to the absolute bottom. Three points.
We should win the other two games, both at home Palermo
(mid-table and not yet to be written-off but we cuffed them
3-1 at their ground and ought to repeat the treatment) and
Siena (hovering just above the relegation zone, they beat
us earlier in the season but we should have too much firepower).
Nine points are
essential; more is desirable. Forza Viola!
Ticket information is available from the biglietteria
section of the clubs website [www.acffiorentina.it].
There is a plan of the stadium seating areas, prices and a
list of ticket outlets in Florence, including:
CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi (between the Pzza
Repubblica post office and the Odeon cinema). Tel 055 292363).
BAR MARISA, via Carnesecchi 1. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ASS. SPOTIVA COLLETTIVO AUTONOMO VIOLA 1978, via Lungo lAffrico
10r. Tel 055 672580.
BAR H9, via dellAriento (south side of the central market).
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, via Luigi Alamanni 39 (close to SMN station).
Tel 055 264321
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE:
Week 26: 1 March: Reggina-Fiorentina
Week 27 (Florence): 8 March: Fiorentina-Palermo
Week 28: 15 March: Inter-Fiorentina
Week 29 (Florence): 22 March: Fiorentina-Siena
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Suzanne made a find recently
it is a small restaurant
that was taken over about 6/8 months ago by a guy called Massimo
(I think). It is tucked away between Piazza del Trebbio and
Via della Scala, you wouldn't know it was there unless you
went looking for it. I ate all seafood
antipasto di assaggini
tepidi followed by zuppa di cozze and then ravioli stuffed
with fish and with a very light fish sauce. With wine by the
glass, coffee and water we spent euro 25 each. The house wine
was delicious and generous. I didn't try their dolce.
The restaurant has an upstairs loft area. In the time that
I was there he must have turned away about twenty people,
so booking is obviously essential. I would imagine they seat
about 40 people.
The young, but brilliant chef apparently also does an 8 euro
lunch. I noted that it was an extremely clean restaurant
noticeably so. The prices are very reasonable even for meat
and fish, he has a limited menu but he seems to prefer to
suggest options, or maybe that was because I was with one
of their loyal clients. The atmosphere was very pleasant and
a young crowd was present. Pensavo Peggio, Via Del Moro 51/R.
Tel. 055 285486.? email@example.com.
THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN Our Readers Right
Our Thumbs up, Thumbs down column is your chance
to write us and share your own ideas and information, or to
toot the horn of businesses, events and those Florentine situations
that strike you as either wonderful or terrible. Please note:
all opinions are (usually) strictly those of our readers.
Lend us your thoughts!
A NOTE FROM P & F
As long as we are writing our own reviews this month, and
as long as we are unashamedly touting the talents of our own
Mario Spezi, we thought you might also like to see how good
looking he is and what fascinating company he keeps
Mario (film rights to his bestseller The Monster of Florence
have been been picked up by Tom Cruise and Co.) tells us:
La foto e stata scattata la sera del 28 gennaio a Roma,
in occasione del red carpet anteprima del film Operazione
Valchiria alla quale ero stato invitato. E' stata scattata
nel backstage e con me, oltre a Cruise, ci sono Chris McQuarrie
(sceneggiatore premio Oscar con I Soliti Sospetti) che da
marzo comincerà a scrivere la sceneggiatura del Monster
of Florence; e il regista di Valchiria (e di X Men, I Soliti
Sospetti e altro) Bryan Singer. La foto e stata pubblicata
("Picture of the day) su Publisher Weekly la settimana
scorsa. E' stato il primo incontro personale con Cruise e
Mc Quarrie, che sono anche produttori del film. Mi hanno detto
che a loro non interessa raccontare la storia di un serial
killer, ma quella di due scrittori (me e Douglas), che decidono
di vedere chiaro in un' indagine oscura, e come ha reagito
il potere. Questo mi piace molto.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
COFFEE GRANITA - A Sicilian classic, coffee granita is wonderful
served in a fresh brioche for breakfast on a hot day, or as
an after-dinner refreshment in small elegant glasses.
4 cups hot, freshly brewed espresso or strong coffee
½ cup sugar
In a medium bowl, combine the espresso and sugar, stirring
to dissolve the sugar. Set aside to cool. Pour into a 9-inch
round or square baking dish. Freeze until the mixture becomes
slushy around the edges, about 30 minutes. Stir to break up
the ice crystals. Continue freezing, stirring the mixture
every 20 minutes, until it is slushy, about 1 hour. Makes
1 quart; serves 4.
Recipe provided by Pamela Sheldon Johns, from her popular
On Friday 6th, Florence celebrates its inner Brit at Saschall.
Starting promptly at teatime, the doors open and soon after
tribute bands honouring the Beatles (Voxpower), Queen (Queenmania)
and Robbie Williams (RW tribute band) will take the stage.
Along with a Brit-themed market, a Brit-themed book fair,
a mini Austin Mini car show, there will be a celebration of
British artists living and working in Tuscany. The show will
go from 5:00 pm til midnight. Tickets: 10 euro. www.britmania.eu.
LENTEN SUNDAY (8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th) MARKETS.
Florentine tradition called for Fiere delle Quaresimali markets
in every neighbourhood during Lent. The modern version takes
place each Sunday of the month before Easter. You will find
over 300 vendors of everything from pots and pans to fur coats
(used). The Cascine Park, Piazzale Kennedy and Viale Lincoln.
Open from 8:00 am 6:00 pm.
For the week from Sat. 7 to Sun. 15, stop off at the Fortezza
da Basso. It is hard to shake the sensation of walking through
the pages of a design magazine when browsing the 12th edition
of Florences Salone del Mobile. Youll find furnishings
that range from classic, to modern, to high tech, to way-in-the-future.
As you stroll, it is impossible not to gather ideas. Ask advice
from designers, architects and producers about hardwood flooring,
windows and doors, garden furnishings, security systems, alternative
heating and cooling systems, plus bathrooms, bedrooms, living
rooms and kitchens to die for. Salone del Mobile. Monday to
Saturday: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Sunday: 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.
Ticket: 4/5 euro. www.salonedelmobile.com. Tel. 055 571708.
Fortezza da Basso.
SANTO SPIRITO ANTIQUES FAIR
Starting at 9:00 am on Sun. 8, meander around Piazza Santo
Spirito and discover something wonderful amongst the varied
wares of purveyors of antiques and other.
ANTIQUARIATO ALLA FORTEZZA 2009
From Fri. 13 to Sun. 22 the Fortezza da Basso will be overrun
by antique fiends hunting down the best in Italian and international
paintings, jewellery, books, sculpture and furniture from
a bevy of antique dealers. A special section this year (during
the first 3 days only) will highlight dealers of Modern and
Contemporary art. Fortezza da Basso. Weekdays 3:00 pm to 8:00
pm, Friday from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sat./Sun. from 10:30
am to 8:00 pm. Tel. 055 2657940. For further info: www.palazzopiozzo.it.
From Sat. 14 to Mon.16, Florences Stazione Leopolda
hosts TASTE: a festival of food, in recognition of the fact
that a large portion of Italys charm is thanks to its
fabulous cuisine. At TASTE there will be sampling, discovery
and food related events including cultural- gastronomic debates,
tasting sessions and shopping.
The show presents a 5-stage journey. TASTE TOUR lets you discover
and taste products to become better acquainted with the gastronomic
treasures of Italy. TASTE TOOLS presents kitchen utensils
and equipment, combining food and kitchen design. TASTE PRESS
is a selection of magazines and editorial projects dedicated
to wine, food and food culture. TASTE RINGS are the meetings
and debates, serving ideas about taste and quality food addressing
subjects like Pasta on Trial. How can we explain the
rising price of pasta against falling wheat prices?.
And the journey ends with TASTE SHOP where visitors get a
chance to buy anything that has been presented along the way.
TASTE is a meeting place for Italian and international food
industry members as well as an event for the all quality food
enthusiasts. There will be over 170 exhibitors, selected from
Italys makers of outstanding and niche products
from chocolates, to dry egg pasta prepared following ancient
traditions, to aged buffalo milk cheeses, to balsamic vinegar
preserves and Taggiasche olive jams. Some exhibitors this
edition include: Acquerello, Azienda Agricola La Cà
Dal Non Acetaia 1883, De Gust, Giordano Caffè, Giraudi
Cioccolato Artigianale, La Campofilone Pasta all'uovo dal
1912, La Motticella, Le Tamerici, Luigi Guffanti Formaggi
1876, Pastificio Benedetto Cavalieri Dal 1918, Pastificio
Latini, Primitivizia, Torrefazione Caffè Lelli, Tortapistocchi
®, and Villa Marta.
But perhaps the biggest news at this edition is Fuoriditaste,
a rich program of events in Florence to be held concomitantly
with the fourth edition of TASTE. Fuoriditaste is the program
of off-site meetings, entertainment, cultural and promotional
events that will take place in public and private venues,
indoors and outdoors around the city concerning not
only excellence in eating and drinking, but everything that
is related or relatable to the huge galaxy of taste and the
pleasures of the good life. The events are not
limited to restaurants, wine shops and cellars, specialty
food stores, craft ice cream shops, markets and street-food
vendors, trendy bars and hotels, but includes art galleries,
museums and associations that make up the citys cultural
life. From Thursday 12 to Monday 16, check the website schedule
for special events (a beer and cheese tasting, babà
al rhum and limoncello tasting, dinners, aperitivi, hot chocolate
tastings and more), at locales around town including the new
Q.B Quantobasta on via dei Ginori, at the Officina di Santa
Maria Novella on via della Scala, the recently inaugurated
delicatessen Amarù on Piazza Sauro, Caffè Chiaroscuro
on via del Corso, JK Place and more. For information visit:
www.fuoriditaste.com. For general information about TASTE:
Stazione Leopolda, V.le Fratelli Rosselli, 5. Hours: 10.30
a.m. 8.00 p.m. (Monday 9.30 a.m. 4.30 p.m.).
Admission € 10. www.tastefirenze.it
IRLANDA IN FESTA, 16th Edition,
From Tuesday 17 (St. Patricks Day) to Saturday 21, hit Saschall
for some good Irish fun. This year the Celtic fair will feature
the music from the PADRAIG RYNNE GROUP, MODENA CITY RAMBLERS,
WHISKY TRAIL, VAN DE SFROOS and DERVISH. Dont miss the
fantastic dance of CLIFFS OF MOHER. Irish culture in general
is there for the taking: food (stews and salmon, beer, fish
and chips), atmosphere and Ireland travel information. The
fun starts each day at 7:30 pm. Dance lessons (jigs and reels)
will be available every evening except the 19th. Info: www.saschall.it.
Tel. 055 6503068. Saschall, Lungarno Moro (take bus 14). Admission:
12 to 15 euro.
KOREA FILM FEST - Festival of Korean Cinema in Italy
From Fri. 20 to Sat. 28, the Cinema Odeon will host the 7th
annual Samsung Korea Film Fest. Since 2003 the Festival has
been organized by the Florentine Associazione Culturale Taegukgi,
advocating an exchange of Tuscan and Korean Cultures. The
objective of the festival, other than cultural and institutional
collaboration between Italy and Korea of course, is to promote
Koreas seductive cultural universe through the lens
of the big screen, art expositions and other organized events.
From new releases to contemporary classics, the festival is
one of a kind in Italy. It offers documentaries, short films,
and full-length features. The schedule of events is to be
posted on the Film Fest website: www.koreafilmfest.com. Korea
Film Fest. Cinema Odeon, Piazza Strozzi. Tel: 055 576551.
FLORENTINE NEW YEAR.
If you are in centro on the afternoon of Sun.
29, dont be surprised to see a parade of costumed characters
winding their way from Piazza di Parte Guelfa near Piazza
della Republicca across town to Piazza SS. Annunziata.
Following one of the oldest Florentine traditions, the city
celebrates its real New Year on March 25th, on
the day of the Annunciation, when Mary learned she was to
become the mother of Christ. The obvious church to hold this
celebration therefore, is Santissima Annuziata.
Therefore, despite the fact that Florence has adopted the
1st of January as New Years day for over 250 years....
starting at 3:00 pm, a stream of well-dressed Renaissance
Florentines, with much drum pounding fanfare, will pass through
the city centre from Pzza. di Parte Guelfa, arriving around
3:45 pm at the Church of SS. Annunziata to pay homage to the
chapel of the Holy Effigy of the Annuciation. At 5:00 pm,
the parade will have made its way to Piazza della Signoria
where the Uffizi Traditional Flag team will put on a great
EXHIBITS AROUND FLORENCE
PIETRO BENVENUTI AT THE COURT OF NAPOLEON AND OF THE LORRAINES.
From March 10 to June 21, the Palatine and Modern Art Galleries
of the Pitti Palace host Pietro Benvenuti.
Pietro Benvenuti (Arezzo, 1769 Florence, 1844) was
the leading protagonist of Tuscan art in the years that marked
the passage from neoclassicism to romanticism. He studied
at the Fine Arts Academy of Florence and completed his training
in Rome where he painted his first important studio trials:
the Judith for the Cathedral of Arezzo and the Martyrdom of
the Blessed Signoretto Alliata for the Cathedral of Pisa.
Elisa Baciocchi (whose brother Napoleon Bonaparte received
the principality of Lucca and Piombino, and then the government
of the entire Tuscany) appointed Benvenuti court painter,
and in 1807 she summoned him to direct the Academy of Florence,
an office he maintained until his death. The Napoleonic parenthesis
was the period of several monumental compositions (The Death
of Priam, The Oath of the Saxons, Elisa and the Artists),
which precluded to the great decorative undertakings planned
to modernise the Pitti Palace, the Room of Hercules in particular
(in the wing today occupied by the Palatine Gallery), terminated
during the Restoration.
Benvenuti was also an extraordinary portraitist. In Tuscany,
he represents the style that prevailed in the middle-European
ambit, both in bringing the character of the personages into
focus, and in the setting. His classicist vocation is fully
expressed in the composition of mythological themes, which
the painter prepared with exquisite drawings that often assume
the value of autonomous works. Leopold II of Lorraine commissioned
him to complete the decorations in the dome of the Chapel
of the Princes in the Church of San Lorenzo.
So the exhibition illustrates Benvenutis artistic history,
presents his most important works, and compares them with
those of his early teachers, and those by Italian and foreign
artists (from Giani to Sabatelli to Thorvaldsen), encountered
in Rome in the eccentric and experimental Accademia dei Pensieri
(Academy of Thought). The Sala Bianca of the Gallery of Modern
Art presents the paintings of the Napoleonic years (mainly
portraits and mythological themes). The set up revolves around
the large painting of Pyrrhus, presented to the public for
the first time after a long and complex restoration that has
revealed its stylistic components drawn from the study of
David and Canova.
The exhibition itinerary also includes the Room of Hercules
and ends with a section dedicated to the paintings of the
years of the Restoration, genre paintings for the most part
of a historical-literary matrix with inflections of a troubadour
flavour. The particular interest of these works emerges from
the comparison with several paintings with an explicit romantic
adhesion by contemporaries Luigi Sabatelli and Giuseppe Bezzuoli.
They are the proof that the classicist maestro Benvenuti at
least in part shared the instances of truthfulness advanced
by the next generation of the moderns, especially
the Macchiaioli. Palatine Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery,
Piazza Pitti 1. Hours: 8:15 to 6:50 pm. Closed Monday. www.polomuseale.firenze.it.
Info: 055 294883.
MEMORIES OF ANTIQUITY IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART
From March 14 to July 12, the Pitti Palace Silver Museum hosts
a show featuring the art of antiquity reflected in twentieth-century
and present-day art. Paintings and sculptures that have passed
through the centuries (from the Etruscans to the Classical
Age, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance), are proposed
in comparison with Picasso and Dali, Modigliani and De Chirico,
Soffici, Marino Marini, Vangi, Mitoraj, Theimer, Guadagnucci
and Franco Angeli.
The more than 130 works on show include a series of significant
parallels of the applied arts: between the glass manufactures
by Ercole Barovier and Carlo Scarpa and extraordinary pieces
from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, between
ceramics by Giò Ponti and those from the National Archaeological
Museums of Florence and Rome, between twentieth-century jewels
and several wonders from antiquity and the Medici collections
in the Pitti Palace.
The exhibition visually represents the innovative force and
great expressiveness of twentieth-century art, juxtaposed
with an historical Neoclassicism.
Already present in Picassos works from the early XX
century (the exhibition presents the Repas Frugal from the
Victoria and Albert Museum of London), the return to origin
became a creative drive also for a generation of Italian artists.
After the disruptive experiences of the turn of the century,
Carrà, Severini, Soffici, De Chirico, Morandi, and
Modigliani chose this road to reconnect with roots and traditions.
Even foreign artists were influenced by the allure of our
past: in the Birth of Liquid Desires dated 1931-32, and on
loan from the Guggenheim Museum of Venice, Salvador Dalì
presents a surreal atmosphere, and literally cites the famous
Cornelian with Apollo, Marsias and Olympus, which once belonged
to Lorenzo the Magnificent. Silver Museum. Palazzo Pitti.
Piazza Pitti 1. Hours: 8:15 to 5.30 pm. Closed Monday. www.polomuseale.firenze.it.
Info: 055 294883.
THE MADONNA DEL CARDELLINO: Raphaels newly restored
Madonna of the Goldfinch
Extended to March 15, Palazzo Medici Riccardi hosts a masterpiece
by Raphael Sanzio, the Madonna del Cardellino, painstakingly
renovated over the last nine years by Florences Opificio
delle Pietre Dure. This restoration has brought back the delicate
colouring of the painting, created by a young Raphael for
his friend Lorenzo Nasi in Florence. Alongside the painting
itself are panels describing the stages of the restoration,
high definition videos providing a clear, close-up view of
it, and four works from the same period illustrating the atmosphere
and taste of the time. You will find a portrait, the Gravida,
assigned to Raphael during his Florentine sojourn between
1504 and 1508, documenting the other genre (in parallel to
the paintings of the Madonna) in which Sanzio engaged during
his permanence in Florence. A second portrait, the Monaca,
by a Florentine master (here identified as Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio,
son of the great Domenico and a friend of Raphael), serves
to demonstrate the influence the young artist from Urbino
had over his colleagues on the banks of the Arno. The third
work is a thin wooden panel, once used as a portrait cover
and decorated with grotesque motifs (in the past, authoritatively
attributed to Raphael himself but, instead, probably by Ridolfo),
which serves as ulterior proof of the stylistic consonance
between Florence and the master. The last work is a glazed
terracotta sculpture by Girolamo della Robbia representing
the Madonna and Child with the young Saint John the Baptist
(1510-1515) that, in its composition, faithfully reproduces
the La Belle Jardinière by Raphael today in the Louvre.
The show runs until March 15. Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via
Cavour 3. Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm daily except Wednesday.
For reservations or info: tel. 055 2760340. www.palazzo-medici.it
CARLO MOLLINO PHOTOGRAPHER
The Alinari National Museum of Photography hosts works by
Carlo Mollino, Italian architect and designer whose skill
as a photographer was only rediscovered some years after his
death in 1973. Mollino held photography in high esteem, it
was a great passion and favourite means of expression. He
was a photographer who advocated retouching, as documented
in his treatise The Message from the Dark Room. Mollino often
painted on his photos or negatives.
Alinari National Museum of Photography. Piazza Santa Maria
Novella. Open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closed Wednesday.
Entry: euro 6. www.firenzeperfattori.it, www.alinarifondazione.it.
ANNIGONI AT VILLA BARDINI.
This ongoing show at the newly restored Villa Bardini, features
Pietro Annigoni, who died in 1988, leaving a legacy that we
can now begin to explore in depth. A selected portion of the
6000 works of art recently donated by the artists family
will be on show, changing annually to enable his public to
eventually view the entire collection. Painting in a Renaissance
style, Annigonis portraits graced the cover of Time
magazine five times during his life. Visit the museum today,
to enjoy an introduction to the artists works, as this
year we will be shown paintings (and lithographs, designs
and memorabilia) dating to the beginning of his career.
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2 and Via dei Bardi 1r. Museum
hours: October 1 through March 31: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday. From April 1 through September 30:
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tel. 055-2638599.
Theatre info: Teatro Comunale , Via Solferino 15. Tel. 055
27791. Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola 12/32, Tel.
055 2479651. Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 99, tel. 055 212320.
Teatro Saschall , Lungarno Moro 3, tel. 055 6504112. Teatro
Goldoni, Via Santa Maria 15. Tel. 055 229651. Teatro Romano,
Fiesole, Tel. 055/59187. Mandela Forum, Viale Paoli 3, tel.
055 678841. Stazione Leopolda. Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5.
St. Marks Church. Via Maggio 16. Tel. 055 294764. Church
of Orsanmichele, Via dei Calzaiuoli. Tel. 055-210305. Teatro
Puccini, via delle Cascine 41, tel. 055 362067. Chiesa S.Stefano
al Ponte Vecchio, piazza S.Stefano 5. Purchase tickets for
theatre, concerts and other events at the following ticket
agencies: BOX OFFICE: Via Alamanni, 39 (alongside the train
station). Open Monday 15,30-19,30, from Tuesday to Saturday
10,00-19,30. Tel: 055/210804. Fax: 055/213112, INTERNATIONAL
STUDIO, Chiasso de Soldanieri, Tel. 055/293393, ARGONAUTA
VIAGGI, Lungarno Torrigiani 33/B, 055/2342777.9187. Many tickets
can be pre-purchased via www.ticketone.it or www.boxol.it
or www.classictic.com/en or www.festivalopera.it.
ORGAN CONCERT. Chiesa S.Maria de' Ricci, Via del Corso. Daily
at 9:15 pm; Saturdays at 6:00 pm.
DENÈVE AND ANDERSZEWSKI: Music Director of the Royal
Scottish National Orchestra, the French conductor Stéphane
Denève will be making a return to the Teatro del Maggio,
following his first performance here during the 2004 Festival
with the Orchestra della Toscana. He will be presenting a
varied programme which will include Stravinskys Concerto
in E flat major, commissioned in 1937 by Robert Woods Bliss
to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the building of
Dumbarton Oaks, his splendid residence in Georgetown, near
Washington; the Suite for orchestra op. 80 which Fauré
took in 1900 from his stage music for the play Pelléas
et Mélisande by Maeterlinck, and Suite n. 2 taken in
1934 from the ballet Bacchus et Ariane by Roussel. The Polish
pianist Piotr Anderszewski, one of the finest up-and-coming
talents on the international scene, will be performing the
Concerto in D major K. 451, composed by Mozart in 1784 while
he was living in Vienna. 8.30 pm Teatro Comunale
CORO DI VOCI BIANCHE DI FIRENZE E SCANDICCI. Youth Orchestra
of Florence. Director: Janet Zadow. Ceremony of the Signing
of the Pact of Brotherhood between the cities of Florence
and the town of Mauthausen. Salone de' Cinquecento (Palazzo
Vecchio). 11:00 am. (Tel. 055 680487).
PIETRO DE MARIA, piano. Music of Chopin. Teatro della Pergola.
DENÈVE AND ANDERSZEWSKI. 4:30 pm. See Fri. 6.
ANDRAS SCHIFF, piano. Music of Mozart. Teatro della Pergola.
LUCA CARBONI - 'Musiche Ribelli Tour'. Teatro Puccini. 9:00
CHORAL OF SACRED MUSIC by Crooks United Methodist Church (United
States). Chiesa S. Stefano al Ponte Vecchio. 9:00 pm. Free.
LAURA PAUSINI - World Tour 2009. Nelson Mandela Forum. 9:00
LAURA PAUSINI - World Tour 2009. Nelson Mandela Forum. 9:00
CHORAL OF SACRED MUSIC by THE Shenandoah Conservatory (United
States). Chiesa S. Stefano al Ponte Vecchio. 9:00pm. Free.
ROBERTO ABBADO - Highly acclaimed by Florentine audiences
as both a symphonic and opera conductor (his successes include
Attila and I Lombardi alla prima crociata by Verdi, Il barbiere
di Siviglia by Rossini and, most recently, during the last
Festival, the Italian première of Henzes Phaedra),
this time Roberto Abbado will be conducting the only movement
which has reached us in its complete form, the Adagio, from
Mahlers Tenth Symphony; the Symphony in E flat major
K. 543 written by Mozart in Vienna in 1788, and the magnificent
Missa in angustiis in D minor composed by Haydn in 1798 and
also known as "Nelsonmesse" in honour of the legendary
English admiral and of his victory over Napoleon on the Nile.
Teatro Comunale. 8.30 pm.
ARTEMIS QUARTET. Music of Schubert and Widmann. Teatro della
Pergola. 4:00 p.m.
ROBERTO ABBADO. 4:30 pm. See Fri. 13.
ARTEMIS QUARTET. Music of Schubert and Widmann. Teatro della
Pergola. 9:00 p.m.
KIM KASHKASHIAN, viola, ROBIN SCHULKOWSKY, percussion, TIGRAN
MANSURIAN, piano and voice. Music of Mansurian and Komitas.
Teatro della Pergola. 9:00 p.m.
TANGO METROPOLIS: Argentinian Tango dance extravaganza. With
Pilar Alvarez, Claudio Hoffmann and Daniel Binelli. Teatro
TANGO METROPOLIS See Thurs. 19.
CARYDIS AND STEINBACHER - Born in Athens in 1974, the conductor
Constantinos Carydis is a rising star on the music scene who
has already been engaged to perform in the future in a number
of major European orchestras. For his début in Florence,
he has chosen the Symphonic Poem The Sorcerers Apprentice
by Dukas, composed in 1897 and inspired by the ballad Der
Zauberlehrling by Goethe, and the two Suites taken from the
ballet Daphnis et Chloé begun by Ravel in 1909 on a
commission from Sergei Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes, the
famous dance company which he had just founded and which this
year celebrates its hundredth anniversary. The ballet was
performed on 8th June 1912 at the Théâtre du
Châtelet in Paris, choreographed by Michel Fokine. The
German violinist Arabella Steinbacher will be playing Prokofievs
Second Concerto in G minor op. 63 on the priceless 1716 Booth
Stradivarius owned by the Nippon Music Foundation. Teatro
Comunale. 8.30 pm.
ORNELLA VANONI - Più di Me Tour 2009. Teatro Verdi.
TOKYO STRING QUARTET. Music of Haydn. Teatro della Pergola.
CARYDIS AND STEINBACHER. 4.30 pm. See Fri. 20.
ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA, conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta,
soprano Patrizia Cigna, Music of Ciglioni and Pergolesi. Chiesa
di Orsanmichele. 9:00 pm.
ROSSINI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Concert in honour of St.
Joseph. Chiesa di San Giuseppe, Via Santa Caterina d'Alessandria
ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA, conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta,
soprano Patrizia Cigna, Musico f Ciglioni and Pergolesi. Chiesa
di Orsanmichele. 9:00 pm.
BIAGIO ANTONACCI - 'Il cielo ha una porta sola'. Nelson Mandela
Forum. 9:00 pm.
ZUBIN MEHTA - Immediately before setting off for the tour
which will take him to Oviedo and Abu Dhabi, Zubin Mehta will
close the Season with a performance of the monumental Symphony
n. 2 "The Resurrection, which Mahler began in 1888
but did not complete until 1894, as a homage to the great
German orchestra conductor Hans von Bülow. The solo soprano
and contralto parts and the parts for the chorus are taken
from the collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youths
Magic Horn) and from the poem Die Auferstehung (The Resurrection)
by Klopstock. The performance will feature the soprano Barbara
Frittoli and the contralto Marjana Lipovek. Teatro Comunale.
Wed. April 1
ZUBIN MEHTA. 4:30 pm. See Tues. 31
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE CINEMA
Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi 2 (across from Colle Beretto
Bar). Phone: 055 214 068.
Monday 2 - Rachel Getting Married by Jonathan Demme (with
Italian subtitles) with Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mather
Zickel, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith. 4.00 6.10
8.20 10.30 p.m.
Tuesday 3 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by David Fincher
with Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond,
Jason Flemyng. 5.00 9.00 pm
Thursday 5 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 5.00
Monday 9 - Revolutionary Road by Sam Mendes with Leonardo
Di Caprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Zoe Kazan, Kathryn Hahn.
3.45 6.10 8.20 -10.30
Tuesday 10 - Pink Panther 2 by Harald Zwart with Steve Martin,
Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina. 4.30
6.30 8.30 -10.30 p.m.
Thursday 12 - Frost/Nixon by Ron Howard with Kevin Bacon,
Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, Patty McCormack.
8.20 10.30 p.m.
Monday 16 - The Reader by Stephen Daldry (with Italian subtitles)
with Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin,
Bruno Ganz. 3.45 6.10 8.20 -10.30
Tuesday 17 - Watchman by Zack Snyder (With Italian Subtitles)
with Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle
Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. 5.00 9.00 p.m
Wednesday 18 - SPECIAL EVENT: Ken Loach will be at the Odeon
to presents Its a Free World (G.B. 2007).
SHOW at 8.30 p.m
Thursday 19 - Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle - with Dev
Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Irfan Khan
(with Italian subtitles) 4.00 6.10 8.20
From 20 to 27 March Odeon Cinehall will host The 7th Festival
of Korean Cinema in Italy.
Monday 30 - The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (with Italian
subtitles) with Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood,
Mark Margolis, Todd Barry. 4.00 6.10 8.20
Tuesday 31- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by David Fincher
with Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond,
Jason Flemyng. 5.00 9.00 pm
A contemporary family drama, Jonathan Demmes Rachel
Getting Married explores the tensions that estrangement can
bring when reunions are called for (1 OSCAR NOMINATION - Venice
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was adapted from F. Scott
Fitzgeralds story of a man who ages in reverse. David
Fincher has Brad Pitt as Benjamin, born in his eighties and
whimsically aging backwards to youth in a magic realist universe
not too distant from Forrest Gump (WINNER of 3 OSCARS).
Expect the unexpected in Pink Panther 2 with Steve Martin
as Clouseau on the trail of a missing diamond (Berlin Film
Frost/Nixon takes us through the famous interviews that disgraced
ex-president Richard Nixon gave to renowned British journalist
David Frost in 1977. Ron Howard expertly reveals the clash
of wills and egos (5 OSCAR NOMINATION INCLUDING BEST FILM
and BEST DIRECTOR, 5 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS.
Sam Mendes directs Revolutionary Road, the story of a 1950s
suburban American couple with aspirations beyond their station,
whose path to fulfilment in the Old World is strewn with obstacles
(WINNER BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS GOLDEN GLOBE).
Kate Winslet (again) is the older woman with a past, romantically
involved with a teenager in Steven Daldrys reconciliation
drama The Reader, set in post World War II Germany (Berlin
Film Festival, WINNER BEST ACTRESS OSCAR Kate Winslet).
Watchmen is Zack Snyders adaptation of Alan Moores
classic graphic novel, considered by many to be one of the
masterworks of the 20th Century. It promises to be exciting
and worth the long wait and hype.
Danny Boyles Slumdog Millionaire has taken the world
by storm with its affecting story of Mumbai street boy Jamal
Malik and his progress to the jackpot in Who Wants To
Be A Millionaire? Indian style (WINNER 8 OSCARS INCLUDING
BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR, WINNER 4 GOLDEN GLOBES).
Darren Arnofsky gave us the harrowing Requiem for a Dream,
and his current drama The Wrestler has Mickey Rourke as Randy
The Ram Robinson, retired wrestler on the comeback
trail in a brutal and searing performance (WINNER BEST FILM
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2 OSCAR NOMINATIONS).
LECTURES IN THE BRISTISH INSTITUTE LIBRARY
Lungarno Guicciardini 9. Free admission. Lectures start at
6:00 pm. For info: tel. 055 2677 8270, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 4 - The Eden Trio. An evening of chamber music.
The Eden Trio was recently formed in Florence by three young
musicians: Pietru Gabriel Horvath (violoncello), Fanny Ravier
(violin), and Salvatore Monzo (pianoforte). On this occasion
they will play trios by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
Wednesday 11 - Anne Leader - Reforming the Florentine Badia:
art and observance in a renaissance monastery. Anne Leader,
currently a Fellow at Villa I Tatti, examines a comparatively
little-known fresco cycle: the Scenes from the Life of St
Benedict, painted in the 1430s in the so-called "Orange
Cloister" at the Badia Fiorentina.
Wednesday 18 - Richard Serrin - The art of Antoine Watteau.
Antoine Wateau (1684-1721) was the first painter to realise
the implications for art of the new universe ushered in by
Isaac Newtons Principia Matematica and the secularisation
of philosophic thought in the 17th century. In Watteaus
two greatest paintings, Lembarquement pour Cythère
and Lenseigne de Gersaint, art historians have failed
to recognise the explicit references to his melancholy premonitions,
premonitions borne out only too well in succeeding centuries.
When seen from this perspective, Watteaus paintings
take their seminal place in the artistic watershed that was
the 18th century. Richard Serrin is an American painter who
has lived and worked in Florence for 40 years.
Wednesday 25 - Derek Granger - On the Waugh path. A look at
the way Evelyn Waughs novels have been turned into films,
with particular reference to A Handful of Dust, which Waugh
believed to be the best of all his humanist output. The talk
describes how a whole generation of English novelists was
influenced by the arrival of a powerful new art form: talking
pictures. The eminent British film-maker Derek Granger, who
wrote and produced A Handful of Dust (starring James Wilby,
Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves, Anjelica Huston, Judi
Dench and Alec Guinness) in 1998, will illustrate his talk
with scenes from this film and from other Waugh adaptations
From Fri. 6 to Sun. 8, the Luigi Pecci Centro di Arte Contemporanea
of Prato hosts a sweet surprise. Discover the art of Italian
pastry, gelato and chocolate makers, honey and jam producers,
bakers and more, through tastings, art shows, fashion and
food design. Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Sunday:
10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Ticket: 5.00 euro. www.dolcementeprato.it
FESTIVAL OF MARZUOLO TRUFFLES
From Fri. 20 to Sun. 22 and Fri. 27 to Sun. 29, Certaldo,
one of Tuscanys loveliest hill towns hosts their 16th
annual fair celebrating the delicious, and rare Marzuolo truffle.
This spring tuber is less renowned than the white truffle,
so come join the fun and find out for yourself which you prefer.
There will be traditional truffle specialties to purchase
and dine on directly including crostini al tartufo, crostini
di polenta al tartufo, tagliolini and ravioli al tartufo.
Dining options start evenings at 8:00 pm., and Sunday at noon.
For info and reservations phone 0571 668974 or 338 7415160.
FESTA DELLE FRITTELLE,
Sat. 21 and Sun. 22 come to the medieval hilltop jewel of
Montefioralle (right above Greve-in-Chianti) for the best,
hot Frittelle youll ever taste. Usually the few tiny
lanes of this town are quiet as a mouse, but for 2 days each
year, the town bursts with people, fun and FRITTELLE (made
by frying blobs of a sweet dough of cooked rice, flour, eggs
and sugar). Watch a skilled team of townsfolk work in unison
around a 7-foot diameter frying pan of boiling oil, to turn
out a continuous stream of fritelle di riso. SITA buses will
get you to Greve, then youll have a pretty, but pretty
steep trudge uphill to Montefioralle. Here is a link to the
SITA schedule. http://www.acvbus.it/orari/365.pdf
Montefioralle, Sat. from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm and Sun. from
10:00 am to 6:30 pm. Tel. 055 8545227. www.montefioralle.info
Saturday 28 is a good day to plan a visit to Pisa for their
monthly Farmers Market. Tuscan producers of everything
from organically grown vegetables to jams and honey, cheese,
pasta, bread and extra virgin olive oils set up stands where
tasting and explanations are free for the asking. Pisa
Piazza della Berlina. Open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. For further
info see http://gasp.versacrum.com/
EXHIBITS AROUND TUSCANY
THE DELLA ROBBIA: A Renaissance Dialogue Between the Arts.
Until June 7, Arezzos Museum of Medieval and Modern
art of Arezzo presents the industrious Della Robbia family.
From the early 1400's to near the end of the 1500's, this
family produces glazed earthenware works that still speak
to us today, with grace, charm and silent sweetness.
Starting with Luca della Robbia, through the ingenious, secret
formula for creating and glazing the terra cotta masterpieces
attributed to this family, sculpture, architecture and painting
dialogue with the so-called "decorative arts (gold-smithing,
glasswork, enamels, etc). In order to better explain this
moment in art history of sharing and comparing that bred genius,
alongside the Della Robbian production, will be works by artists
contemporary to the family (Donatello, Ghiberti, Andrea del
Verrocchio, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Desiderio
da Settignano and others).
Arezzo, Museo Statale dArte Medievale e Moderna, Via
San Lorentino 8. Open: daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Ticket:
10.00 euro. For info: www.mostradellarobbia.it
ART, GENIUS, FOLLY: The Night and Day of the Artist.
Until May 25, Sienas Museum Santa Maria della Scala
will host an exhibition of works by Ernst, Dix, Van Gogh,
Kirchner, Munch, Guttuso, Mafai, Ligabue and more (do you
feel the angst?). The show highlights the results of research
from both artistic and scientific viewpoints, on the rapport
between artistic production and mental disturbances that have
touched art over time. More than 300 works, both paintings
and sculpture, have been chosen to illustrate this complex
Siena, Museo di Santa Maria della Scala. Open: every day including
holidays from 10:30 am/7:30 pm., Ticket: 8.00 euro. Tel. 0577
ANTONIO LIGABUE: His tiger roars between Pontassieve and
Until June 7, the Palazzo Municipale of Pontassieve hosts
49 works by Antonio Ligabue, one of Italys most important,
20th century Naïve artists. Ligabue was born in Zurich,
Switzerland, and died in Reggio Emilia in 1966. During a life
spent in and out of psychiatric hospital wards, his natural
talent came out in his use of wild colours, and the deep-seeing
expressions that haunt his many self portraits, three of which
are on show in Pontassieve. Other pieces depict wild animals,
especially regal felines.
Pontassieve, Palazzo Comunale, Sala delle Colonne. Open: 9:30
to 12:30 and from 3 to 7:00 pm. On Fridays, afternoons only.
Closed Mondays. Ticket: 5 euro. Info: tel. 055 8360346 www.comune.pontassieve.fi.it
GENIUS & PASSION, THE RESTORATION OF LIPPI'S FRESCOES
IN PRATO. Prato Cathedral. Open Mon. ¬ Sat. 10:00 am ¬
5:00 pm. Admission: 4
euro with audio guide. Small, guided tours available by calling
Over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi ascended three stories
of scaffolding in the dark recesses of Pratos cathedral.
Today, the three-tiered frescoes, which cover the walls and
vaults of the main chapel with stories of St. John the Baptist
and St. Stephen, are visible in renewed splendour after seven
years of restoration. Small, guided tours of the fresco cycle
now allow the public to come face to face with Lippi.