The traces of pain. The last plaster casts of Pompeii

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During the current excavations at Civita Giuliana, around 700 metres northwest of Pompeii, in the area of the large suburban villa two skeletons of individuals caught in the fury of the eruption have been found. The bodies were found in a side room of the cryptoporticus, in the form of a passageway below the villa which led to the upper…

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The Piccolomini Library: a treasure of art in Siena

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The Piccolomini Library, built to honor the memory of his maternal uncle Enea Silvio Piccolomini (Pope Pius II) and to preserve the rich “book” heritage that the Pope and humanist had collected, was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Tedeschini Piccolomini, archbishop of Siena (later Pope Pius III), around 1492. The frescoes that follow one another on the three walls of the…

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Hops selection: the secret to create incredibly tasting American craft beers

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Excitement is mounting amongst American craft brewers as the hops harvest in the United States nears completion. It’s not only brewers who are excited, beer lovers around the world wait in heady expectation for yet more innovative, incredible tasting American craft beers packed full of the highest quality raw materials, to be launched. In the 1980s American craft beer innovation…

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Interviews. John R. Pepper introduces his exhibition “Inhabited Deserts”

john r. pepper inhabited deserts

Officially inaugurated on October 3rd, the photographic exhibition “Inhabited Deserts” by John R. Pepper, curated by Kirill Petrin and Gianluca Marziani, can be visited in Todi, until November 28th, 2020. Fifty-three large-format images tell of a three-year and 18,000-kilometer journey to discover the most remote and unexplored deserts in the world and a symbolic journey into the unknown corners of…

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Giancarlo Esposito will be in Todi for “Inhabited Deserts” exhibition

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Giancarlo Esposito, famous American actor and director, will be in Todi on October 3rd for the inauguration of the photographic exhibition by John R. Pepper “Inhabited Deserts”. Also appreciated as an art creator, Esposito created for the occasion a work inspired by Picasso’s “Dove of Peace”, transforming one of John Pepper’s evocative photos of deserts into a bloody pacifist manifesto:…

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Raphael ‘s signature on the banner of Corpus Domini in Gubbio

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A very young Raphael, still in his father’s workshop, collaborated in the realization of the Gonfalone del Corpus Domini of Gubbio, commissioned by the Gubbio brotherhood to Giovanni Santi. This is what emerged from the last restoration to which the work was subjected, unfortunately significantly damaged, now exhibited in the splendid church of Santa Maria dei Laici (known as “dei…

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The Monastery of the Holy Cross of Fonte Avellana

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The Monastery of the Holy Cross of Fonte Avellana, in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, is a very imposing structure, the result of a numerous series of extensions, on the slopes of Mount Catria.   The Monastery of Santa Croce di Fonte Avellana was founded around 980 by the first followers of Romualdo di Ravenna, like numerous other realities…

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Pompeii Commitment: contemporary art at the Archaeological Park

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Pompeii Commitment Materie Archeologiche / Archaeological Matters is born. This is a project based on the study and valorisation of ‘archaeological matters’ kept in the excavation areas, archives and storages of Pompeii and aimed at the progressive establishment of a collection of contemporary art for the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. Under the scientific direction of Massimo Osanna, General Director of…

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The devil hides in the details: disturbing presences in Umbrian churches

diavolo devil

“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell” Shakespeare said, this time the devil fell in two well known Umbrian churches: one located in Perugia and the other in Assisi. The basilica of San Pietro in Perugia, the most beautiful and richest church in the Umbrian capital, erected for the glory of San Benedetto and his order and in eternal…

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Discovering the paths of Orvieto Underground

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Orvieto underground is one of the underground paths that characterize the subsoil of Orvieto. It is more or less 3000 years that Orvieto has been digging in the tuff block on which the city stands. Almost every house contains tunnels and caves, still mainly used as cellars, but used, over time, for the most varied uses. Perforated therefore by a…

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Recipe. Linguine pasta with mussels and cherry tomatoes

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Summer means the scent of the sea, even on the plate! La dispensa di Ilenia, this time makes us dream with a simple and tasty first course: linguine pasta with mussels and cherry tomatoes. Let’s see how to cook it to bring a smile on the table! Ingredients for 4 people: – 1 Kg.  Mussels – 350 gr. Linguine pasta…

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The medieval church of Santa Croce dei Conti in Sassoferrato

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Between east and west and sacred and profane symbols, the abbey of Santa Croce dei Conti Atti in Sassoferrato fascinates with its history and appearance. Probably a Templar garrison, the exact dating of the foundation of the church of Santa Croce is not known: a first thesis refers it to the Counts Atti, dating back to 1100, while a document…

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