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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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1939: Before the Parachute Opens

Tullio Crali: Before the Parachute Opens (1939)

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1457: The Book of the Love-Smitten Heart

Born in 1400, King René of Anjou’s devotion to the courtly arts and literature flourished only after decades of conflict, war, and inter-familial drama. He spent years in prison following a struggle for the throne with his older brother and … Continue reading

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1437: Freeing the Poor

Sassetta: The Blessed Ranieri Frees the Poor from a Prison in Florence (1437-44) This painting—now in the Louvre—was once part of an elaborate altarpiece in the Church of S. Francesco in Sansepolcro, Tuscany. The altarpiece contained 60 images and was … Continue reading

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16th Century: Crab

Parmigianino (1503-1540): A Crab Holding a Mussel Open with its Claws

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1960: Low-Speed Flight

Federico Fellini, director: La Dolce Vita (1960)

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