Tag Archives: Italy

1529: Fortifications

In 1527, a republican government was established in the city-state of Florence after residents ousted the ruling Medici family. The pope at the time, Clement VII, was himself a Medici—and he took affront at the rebellion and resolved to capture … Continue reading

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340 AD: Patron Saint of Beekeepers

According to tradition, a swarm of bees settled on the face of the infant St. Ambrose, leaving a drop of honey and thus foretelling the saint’s eloquence—his honeyed tongue. He is the patron saint of bees and beekeepers. A certain … Continue reading

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1974: Iconography

Annibale Carracci: Christ Crowned with Thorns (16th Century) Phil Roman, director: It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)  

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1936: Gold Were His Limbs where He Was Bird

In 1921, the Istituto nazionale dantesco in Milan commissioned a lavish edition of the Divine Comedy to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Dante’s death; the edition was to include an original color plate for each of the 100 canti of … Continue reading

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2014: Starts With

Richard Meier: SINDA (2014) Italian words that start with “sinda“: sindaco, mayor sindacato, labor union sindacale, union sindacalista, union official, trade unionist sindacare, to judge sindacalismo, trade unionism sindacalizzarsi, to unionize

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1463: Portrait

Luca della Robbia: Portrait of a Young Lady (1463)

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44 BC: False Friends

When I was a student in Italy, a friend of mine once wanted to tell his host family that he liked the bread because it was made “without preservatives.” Not knowing the Italian for “preservative,” he took what seemed like … Continue reading

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